Arlington resident John Bearrie has been selected as the Statewide Player of the Year in the Texas Golf Association, officials announced Tuesday. Bearrie, 43, won the 2012 Texas Mid-Amateur championship and teamed with partner Aaron Hickman to win the 2012 State Four-Ball title. A two-time North Regional player of the year (2008, 2010), Bearrie also was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 State Mid-Amateur Match Play event.
Other TGA honorees included Mike Booker (Senior Player of the Year), Mike Calef (North Regional Player of the Year) and John Dowdall (South Regional Player of the Year).
The winners in each category are selected by the TGA Championship Committee, based on a performance points system for top finishes in designated regional, statewide and USGA national championships. Below is a look at each of the honorees, provided by TGA officials:
John Bearrie, 43, Arlington
Statewide Player of the Year
Selected Highlights: Champion, 2012 Texas Mid-Amateur…Champion, 2012 State Four-Ball with partner Aaron Hickman…Quarterfinalist, 2012 State Mid-Amateur Match Play…two-time North Player of the Year honoree (2008, 2010)...Plays out of Medalist GC.
Mike Booker, 57, The Woodlands
Senior Player of the Year
Selected Highlights: Champion, 2012 South Senior Amateur…Runner-Up, 2012 South Mid-Amateur…Semifinalist, 2012 State Mid-Amateur Match Play…Tied 3rd, 2012 State Senior Amateur…Tied 26th, 2012 Texas Mid-Amateur…Lost in Round of 64 at the 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur…Member of The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.
Mike Calef, 33, Allen
North Regional Player of the Year
Selected Highlights: Champion, 2012 North Mid-Amateur…Champion, 2012 West Texas Amateur…Tied 2nd. 2012 North Four-Ball with partner Kevin Somers…4th, 2012 Texas Amateur…5th, 2012 North Mid-Amateur…Tied 9th, 2012 Texas Mid-Amateur…Former winner of the Massachusetts Amateur and Massachusetts Mid-Amateur…Member of Eldorado CC in McKinney.
John Dowdall, 52, Houston
South Regional Player of the Year
Selected Highlights: Champion, 2012 South Four-Ball with partner Kip Guidry…3rd, 2012 West Texas Amateur…18th, 2012 South Mid-Amateur…Member of Redstone GC in Humble.
_ Jimmy Burch