The Tennessee Golf Association is pleased to announce the Players of the Year, Senior Players of the Year and Junior Players of the Year for 2015. For the second year in a row Germantown’s Tim Jackson (Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year), Brentwood’s Lynda Wimberly (Senior Women’s Player of the Year) and Knoxville’s Davis Shore (Junior Player of the Year) have reclaimed their awards from 2014. Collierville’s Jayna Choi captured the Women’s Player of the Year and Memphis’ Rachel Heck won the Girls’ Junior Player of the Year.
Tim Jackson of Germantown, has again been named the Tennessee Golf Association’s Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year for 2015. Jackson, who became the first player to claim both awards in a single season in 2014, began the 2015 season with a great start at the 67thAnnual SunTrust State Open Championship hosted by The Club at Fairvue Plantation. The 56 year old amateur played alongside champion Garret Willis in the final round of the State Open and took home Low Amateur honors.
Jackson, a 2009 inductee of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame is often found on the leaderboard of any event the 56 year old enters. Immediately following his success at the State Open, Jackson won the Birmingham National Invitational at the Country Club of Birmingham the following week.
After a runner-up finish in 2014 at the Senior Match Play Championship, Jackson stepped onto The Grove for the first time in 2015 and immediately took a liking to the golf course. Defeating 2015 Senior State Open Champion Doug Harris in the final gave Jackson a leg up on the Senior Player of the Year standings. Jackson had a strong finish at the 100thAnnual Tennessee State Amateur hosted by Holston Hills Country Club, finishing 4th, an event he won last year at Memphis Country Club.
After reaching the Round of 32 in the 2014 US Senior Amateur Championship Jackson was determined to make a deeper run in 2015. And a deeper run he did. Jackson advanced to the Semi-Finals of the championship losing 1 up to eventual champion Chip Lutz of Pennsylvania.
This is Jackson’s 11thTGA Amateur Player of the Year Award and 2ndSenior Amateur Player of the Year Award. With his 11thAmateur POY award, Tim Jackson now stands ahead of Danny Green’s 10 Amateur POY awards.
Jayna Choi of Collierville claimed her first TGA Women’s Player of the Year award. Choi’s banner year was highlighted with appearances in two USGA Championships as well as representing the United States at the Evian Championship Junior Cup. In her first appearance at a USGA Championship, the US Girls’ Junior Championship at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, OK, Choi made the cut for match play tying for 26th. Having never played the match play before, Choi had success in the format. Reaching the quarterfinals with impressive victories, Choi, lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion, Eun Jeong Song. In addition to qualifying for the US Women’s Amateur, Choi also won the AJGA Wells Fargo Junior Classic. In the fall, Choi shot a tournament record, eight under par, 64 to win the TSSAA Class AAA Individual title and helped Houston High School win the team title at Willow Brook Golf Club in Manchester.
Lynda Wimberly of Brentwood, claimed her second TGA Women’s Senior Player of the Year award. Wimberly’s bid for the repeat began with being the Senior Medalist, earning the Mildred Bosson Trophy at the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. Wimberly’s third place finish at the Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur at Sevierville Golf Club prepared her for the US Women’s Senior Amateur. In her second US Senior Women’s Amateur, Wimberly was joined by three other Tennessee residents at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville. As the only Tennessean to make the cut for match play, Wimberly won her first match before falling in the round of 32.
Davis Shore, of Knoxville, reclaimed the boy’s TGA Junior Player of the Year award in 2015. He becomes the first boy to claim the award in back-to-back years. Davis’s year was highlighted by his nine shot victory at the AJGA event at Westhaven Golf Club where his three day total score was 18-under par. Davis is a junior at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) where he led his school to the Division I Class A-AA Boy’s state golf championship this past October at WillowBrook Golf Club. After graduation of high school in May of 2017, Davis has verbally committed to play golf at the University of Alabama.
Rachel Heck, of Memphis, claimed the girl’s TGA Junior Player of the Year award in 2015. She is only an 8thgrader at St. Agnes Academy and becomes the youngest girl recipient of the award. Rachel’s year was highlighted by capturing both of the Sneds Tour Elite events at Clarksville Country Club and Windyke Country Club this past fall. Rachel and her older sister, Abby, also led St. Agnes Academy to the Division II-AA Girl’s state golf championship.