Jackson and White Named 2023 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 Todd White of Spartanburg 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 503.33 points to be named the 2023 SCGA Player of the Year, for the second consecutive year.


Competing in eleven events overall, Jackson finished within the top ten in ten events this year alone, and seven of those within the top five. Qualifying to compete on one of the largest stages in amateur golf, Jackson excelled at the 42nd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, making it to the semifinals.


This is Jackson's second time to be named SCGA Player of the Year.


“It's been a special year,” said Jackson. “I've stayed sharp mentally this year and that allowed me to play well week in and week out. I was able to win four events this year along with a number of top five finishes. It is such an honor to win this award once, much less twice. I cannot thank the SCGA enough for all that they do for our game and for us as players."


Finishing the season with 515 points, the SCGA State Amateur Champion and US Senior Amateur Champion, Todd White has captured the Association’s Senior Player of the Year award.


White impressively claimed the title of the 92nd State Amateur Champion at the age of 55 years old, becoming the oldest State Amateur Champion in the state of South Carolina; this win just 33 years after his last State Amateur victory in 1990. Following this victory, White went on three weeks later to win the US Senior Amateur. White then had a great finish, making it to the round of 32 in the US Mid-Amateur Championship.


“You could say that this year is a validation of a lot of hard work,” said White. “As a teacher, I cannot think of a better lesson to take into a classroom to show the students that hard work and perseverance do pay off."


This is White's first time to be named Senior Player of the Year, but he is no stranger to the Player of the Year title, having won five times previously in 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2016.


Both players will be recognized and receive awards at the 2023 South Carolina Golf Day celebration on January 13, 2023, at Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, SC. At this time, the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame Board will also induct Walter Todd Sr. and Ronald Cerrudo 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




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