Golf Journalists Association of Canada announces 2012 Players of the Year
Choi, Henderson, DeLaet and Lee-Bentham earn accolades from Canada's golf journalists.
Published on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 11:05AM EST Last updated on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 02:01PM EST
Albin Choi of Toronto, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., and Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Toronto have been named Canadian Players of the Year in voting done by members of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.
"One of the mandates of our organization is to honour and promote the accomplishments of Canada's leading professional and amateur golfers," said GJAC Past President Garry McKay. "All the winners for 2012 had banner seasons in their respective categories. We congratulate them on the seasons they had and in being named winners of the GJAC season ending player awards."
Male Professional – Graham DeLaet
DeLaet, 30, was playing his 2012 season on the PGA Tour on a medication exemption. He finished as the top Canadian earning $1,051,951 in 23 events good enough for 106th spot on the money list. DeLaet had three top 10s including a T-4 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a T-5 at the Barclays during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Female Professional - Rebecca Lee-Bentham
In her rookie season on the LPGA Tour Rebecca Lee-Bentham finished in the money in four events with her top finishes being T-47 at the ISPS Handa Australian Open, T-51 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, T-55 at the LGPA Lotte Championship and T-68 at the Manulife Financial LPGA event in Waterloo, Ontario. Lee-Bentham returned to LPGA Q-school in December and finished as a co-medalist, the first Canadian to earn that honor since Izzy Beisiegel in 2003.
Male Amateur – Albin Choi
Choi won twice in five NCAA events at North Carolina State during the 2012 college season. He won the Ontario Amateur and finished tied for fifth in the Canadian Amateur. Choi was low Canadian in the RBC Canadian Open and reached the round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur.
Female Amateur – Brooke Henderson
Henderson won Ontario Junior Girls Championship and the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship. She also finished atop the CN Future Links Junior Girls order of Merit and won the CN Canadian Women's Tour event in Beloil, Quebec. The 14 year old also became the youngest ever to compete in the CN Canadian Women's Open.
Voting by GJAC members was conducted during the month of December.
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