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Canadian Golf Journalists name Hadwin, Sharp as best pros for 2011; Hughes, Lee-Bentham top amateur poll

TORONTO, ON (January 5, 2012) The Golf Journalists Association of Canada is pleased to announce the results of their 2011 Player of the Year awards. The year-end GJAC vote is conducted amongst golf journalists from across Canada and internationally who cover golf for a broad spectrum of media including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and the internet.

"Recognizing outstanding achievement at the professional and amateur levels of the game is one of the primary mandates of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada each year," said GJAC President Garry McKay. "The winners in 2011 comprise a talented group of individuals whose best days on the golf course are still very much ahead. We congratulate each one of them on their season and wish them the best as they embark on 2012."

The 2011 winners are:

Male Professional of the Year: Adam Hadwin

A full time member of the Canadian Tour in 2011 Adam Hadwin's brilliant summer run of golf thrilled Canadians coast to coast. The Abbotsford, British Columbia native finished T31 at the U.S. Open at Congressional before putting himself in position to win the RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver. He eventually finished T4. Hadwin also had a T7 showing at the PGA Tour's Frys.com Open and won the 2011 Pacific Colombia championship. Hadwin closed the year the highest ranked Canadian golfer on the Official World Golf Rankings at 214.

Female Professional of the Year: Alena Sharp

Hamilton's Alena Sharp continues to be Canada's best. The LPGA Tour veteran won the 2011 CPGA Women's Championship along with two Cactus Tour events. Sharp also finished T9 at the LPGA Tour's Sybase Match Play Championship.

Male Amateur of the Year: Mackenzie Hughes

The Dundas, Ontario native and Kent State University golfer had a breakout year in 2011. The national team member won the Canadian Amateur Championship and the NCAA's Mid American Conference title. Hughes also notched a victory in the Glencoe Invitational.

Female Amateur of the Year: Rebecca Lee-Bentham

Another member of Canada's national team Rebecca Lee Bentham won the 2011 Canadian Women's Amateur title along with a 4th place showing at the CN Canadian Women's Tour event in British Columbia. Bentham, a native of Richmond Hill, Ontario saved her best golf for the end of the year when she finished T9 at the LPGA Tour Qualifying School to earn full time playing privileges for 2012.


About GJAC
The Golf Journalists Association of Canada was founded in 2006 to promote golf journalism in all media formats and to recognize excellence in Canadian golf and golf journalism through annual awards. Members include writers and broadcasters from across Canada and the United States as well as communications specialists from the golf industry
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