MACON, Ga. – Mercer junior Payton Schanen was selected as the 2017 Georgia State Golf Association Women’s Player of the Year, as announced by the organization last week.
The GSGA selects annual Players of the Year in the following categories: Men, Women, Junior, Girls, Seniors and Senior Women. Players of the Year are determined by a point system based on participation and finish in GSGA and USGA events throughout the year.
“I’m proud of Payton and the accolades she earned for her play this past year,” said Mercer head coach Michele Drinkard. “I believe her best is yet to come and I’m excited about our team’s future.
“I also want to thank the GSGA for having a great calendar of amateur events for our student-athletes to compete in and represent Mercer during the summer months.”
Schanen earned 600 total points – 150 more than the runner-up – for her performances at three events, including a win at the GWGA State Amateur Championship at Doublegate Country Club in Albany, Georgia. A top-five finish at the Georgia Women’s Open and her qualification for the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship rounded out her three points-earning performances.
A native of Alpharetta, Georgia, Schanen was the 2015 GSGA Girls’ Player of the Year, as well. Schanen led the Bears this fall with an average round score of 74.25 and was a co-champion at the Idle Hour Collegiate Championship on Oct. 30-31.