Hoffman, Leszczynski prove tough to beat in 2023
Paige Hoffman, of West Des Moines, has been named Iowa Golf Association Women’s Player of the Year. This is Hoffman’s first Women’s Player of the Year award, adding to her 2021 Junior Girls’ Player of the Year honor.
Hoffman had an early start to the Player of the Year race with top-tier play as a collegiate golfer at Northwest Missouri State University. She was the MIAA Conference Champion and finished tied for third in the NCAA DII Regional Championship in the Central Region. Her performance earned her an individual entry into the NCAA DII Women’s Golf National Championship, held at Fox Run Golf Club, MO.
Returning to Iowa for the summer, Hoffman began at the 13th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, IL, where she finished T6 with partner Kylie Carey, a teammate at Northwest Missouri State University.
She then competed at the 12th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship at Talons Golf, Ankeny. The four-seed after qualifying, Hoffman played her way into the final match, eventually finishing runner-up.
Hoffman placed T12 at the 99th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship, held at Finkbine Golf Course, Iowa City. She then wrapped up her season at the 62nd IGA Women’s Club Team Championship at Elmcrest Country Club, Cedar Rapids. She handily won the individual gross title with a (-5) 65.
Hoffman returns to Northwest Missouri State for her junior season.
Laura Leszczynski seems to be a perennial on top of the Player of the Year standings. For the third consecutive year, Leszczynski is the Iowa Golf Association Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Leszczynski, from Saint Mary’s, began her season at the Iowa Women’s Mid-Am Series Event #1 at Gates Park Golf Course, Waterloo. She finished second in the Stableford tournament. Leszczynski then finished runner-up at the 60th Women’s Forever 39 Match Play Championship, where she lost to Fiona Watson in the final match.
Together with partner Michelle Klein, Leszczynski dominated the 13th IGA Four-Ball Championship, winning by twelve strokes. The duo fired a (-4) 142 at Pinnacle Country Club, IL.
She finished in the Round of 32 at the 12th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship at Talons Golf, Ankeny. Leszczynski traveled to Finkbine Golf Course, Iowa City for the 99th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship. There, she finished sixth in the Open Division.
She then competed in the Women’s Mid-Am Series Event #2 at Carroll Country Club, Carroll. She finished fifth with partner Leighann Larocca.
Leszczynski championed the 58th IGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at Prairie Links Golf Course, Waverly. She held on to beat Rosalie Kubesheski in a deciding playoff. Leszczynski’s win was her third consecutive Senior Women’s Amateur title.
Leszczynski placed T15 at the 62nd IGA Women’s Club Team Championship. She finished her summer at the Women’s Mid-Am Series Event #3 with partner Michelle Klein. Their side placed T5.
Leszczynski makes history with her third consecutive Player of the Year honor. She is the first Senior Women’s Player of the Year to wield such an accomplishment.