Jackson and Hargett Named 2022 SCGA Players of the Year
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA) Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year recognizes those competitors who had exceptional individual and team finishes throughout the competition year. The awards are given to the number one golfer based on the SCGA Player of the Year point system in each division as of December 1.
This year, the SCGA is proud to announce Sam Jackson of West Columbia as the Player of the Year and Eddie Hargett of Blythewood as the Senior Player of the Year.
A 2015 Presbyterian College graduate and alumni of the men’s golf team, Sam Jackson finished the season with 290.42 points to be named the 2022 SCGA Player of the Year.
Competing in 11 events overall this year, the highlight of Jackson’s SCGA season was his first-place win with partner, Zach Herold of Lexington at the 2022 SCGA Partners Championship.
Qualifying to compete on one of the largest stages in amateur golf, Jackson excelled at the 41st U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship making it to the round of 32.
Overall, Jackson enjoyed six finishes within the top-five this year and competed on the 2022 SCGA Palmetto Cup team.
This is Jackson's first time to be named SCGA Player of the Year.
“It’s pretty fulfilling to win SCGA Player of the Year to be honest,” said Jackson. “I got off to a pretty good start at the beginning of the year with me and Zach winning the Partners and then we also medaled at the state Four-Ball. Having my name added to such a long list of accomplished players is easily the coolest part about winning Player of the Year and something you can’t ever take away.”
Finishing the season with 505 points, Eddie Hargett has captured the Association’s Senior Player of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year. Hargett is only the second player to be named Senior Player of the Year for four consecutive years.
Hargett took home three first place victories this year, claiming the title at the Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship, SCGA Senior Better-Ball Championship and the SCGA Lathrop Cup.
Hargett competed in 14 total events this year and had nine impressive finishes within the top-five.
“Obviously, I am very proud to win this award,” said Hargett. “This is a very competitive state and every year there are a lot of new guys that start playing, so I am proud of the consistency I have shown over the years. To be in the company of all the folks that have achieved this means a lot and gives me a lot of confidence going into an event and helps me feel like I can be competitive. There are a lot of great names on the list, and I’ve known Rick (Cloninger) for years and think the world of him, so I’m really happy to be in the same atmosphere as him.”
Both players will be recognized and receive awards at the 2022 South Carolina Golf Day celebration on January 14, 2023, at Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, SC. At this time, the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame Board will also induct Sherri Turner, Todd White and Charlie Rountree III into the SC Golf Hall of Fame.
About the South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA)
A non-profit organization founded in 1929, the SCGA’s purpose is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf. The SCGA annually conducts Statewide championships, one-day contests, a series of 40-plus events and the overseeing of USGA qualifiers in our State. Other member services offered include use of GHIN services / Handicap Index computation, Golf Genius - a Tournament Software System, Rules of Golf and Rules of Handicapping education, Course Ratings/Slope Ratings and Course measuring, Amateur Status information, the Palmetto Golfer Magazine, the MySCGA App, the official podcast of the SCGA - Off the Hosel and the SC Golf Hall of Fame. The SCGA also houses the offices of the SC Junior Golf Foundation and SC Junior Golf Association in a combined effort to support junior golf and grow the game’s initiatives.
For more information about the South Carolina Golf Association, visit www.scgolf.org