It's award season! Each New England state uses a point system to help identify the best players from the year and then hands out awards based on those year-long rankings in various categories. The ultimate award is the Men's and Women's Player of the Year. It signifies a player was the absolute best in their state.
Points are accrued for finishes in different events. Larger events earn more points, and USGA events and regional events, like the New England Amateur, also pack quite a punch when it comes to points.
The collection of men's and women's winners from each state is quite eclectic. While mid-amateurs tend to dominate this award, there are always some college players in the hunt. In fact, one college golfer took home a player of the year award this time. Likewise, there are players older than 50 who won player of the year honors this year.
Here are the winners and what it took for them to earn the prestigious honor of Player of the Year in their state.