2018 IGA Player of the Year announced – Women’s
Mason City’s Sydney Eaton (above) captured the 7th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship in June to help earn her the top spot in the IGA Women’s Player of the Year standings. Eaton also finished high in the 94th Iowa Women’s Amateur (T4th) and the 8th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (7th) with partner Karli Kerrigan.
Eaton finished with a total of 757.5 points, 157.5 clear of runner-up Sierra Hargens.
Hargens, of Cedar Rapids, earned all of her points in one event, but it was a big one. She captured the 94th Iowa Women’s Amateur in July at Spirit Hollow, earning her 600 points. Onawa’s Samantha Knight (3rd), Mason City’s Emily Snelling (4th) and Ankeny’s Karli Kerrigan (5th) rounded out the top five in the Player of the Year standings.
In one of the closest Senior Women’s Player of the Year races on record, Robin Webb (above) nudged four-time winner Rose Kubesheski by 5 points to win for the first time.
Webb won the Open Division of the 94th Iowa Women’s Amateur, was runner-up at the 53rd Iowa Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and finished third overall as an individual at the 57th IGA Women’s Club Team. Kubesheski won the 8th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (Senior Division) with partner Margene Grady, finished 3rd in the 53rd Iowa Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and finished 6th in the Open Division of the 94th Iowa Women’s Amateur.
The top five in the standings also included Grady (3rd), Janece Schwartzkopf (4th) and Nancy Olberding (5th).
The players will be honored during the IGA Player of the Year & Annual Awards banquet on December 14, at Echo Valley Country Club, Norwalk.