The Northern California Golf Association will honor Jason Anthony, a 2001 Justin-Siena High School graduate, as the Player of the Year at an awards ceremony on Friday at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach.
Anthony, a resident of Fairfield who is a member at Green Valley Country Club and The Olympic Club in San Francisco, won the title with 2,020 points.
“I’m beyond ecstatic to win this,” Anthony, 34, said Tuesday.
The 2016-2017 NCGA points season ran from Oct. 1, 2016 through Nov. 30, 2017. In order to earn NCGA player points, contestants must be amateur golfers who are in good standing of the NCGA, the organization said. This includes being in compliance with the NCGA handicap certification program, the NCGA said.
The NCGA points program has determined the Player of the Year since 1971. Randy Haag is a six-time winner of the award. Casey Boyns is next with four titles.
Anthony has played very well over the last year. He won the NCGA Valley Amateur at Del Rio Country Club in Modesto and partnered with Haag to win the NCGA Mid-Amateur Four Ball Championship at Poppy Hills.
He played in 15 events.
Anthony and Haag finished second at the NCGA Four Ball at Spyglass Hill at Pebble Beach.
Anthony was second in the Player of the Year standings in 2014 and was fourth in 2015.
“I’ve always been consistent, and had a chance, but I hadn’t broken through yet,” he said. “I finally broke through.
“I’m very pleased with where I am. The main thing is just knowing myself, knowing how I’m going to handle certain situations, being comfortable with my golf game.”
Anthony has had several other solid finishes this year.
* He finished as the runner-up at the 36th annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship, which was played at Poppy Hills. Anthony shot 70-73 – 143 and lost to Bobby Bucey on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
* He advanced from stroke play qualifying to match play and got to the quarterfinals of the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill. Anthony tied for 26th place in qualifying after shooting rounds of 72 and 74 for a 146 total. Anthony moved on to match play and had wins in the Round of 32 and Round of 16. He lost in the quarterfinals to Isaiah Salinda of The Olympic Club, 2 and 1.
* He was among the 64 players to advance from qualifying to match play and lost in the quarterfinals at the San Francisco City Championship at TPC Harding Park.
* He tied for 25th place in qualifying and lost in the first round of match play at the 106th California Amateur Championship at The Olympic Club.
* He shot 65-70-71-69 – 275 and tied for third place at the Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament. The event is played at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.
* He lost in a Round-of-32 match, falling to medalist Bradford Tilley of Easton, Connecticut, 3 and 2, at the 37th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta. The U.S. Mid-Amateur is a U.S. Golf Association national championship for golfers who are least 25 years of age. Players must have a handicap index that does not exceed 3.4 to be eligible.
* He shot a 5-under 67 and shared medalist honors with Ben Peters during an 18-hole U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship qualifier at Sonoma Golf Club. They were among four players to advance to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Anthony said Haag has been a big help to him.
“Just being around him, I’ve learned a lot,” said Anthony. “I owe a lot to him.”
Anthony also played golf at Napa Valley College and Fresno State.
He played on the Storm’s 2003 team that won the California Community College Championship at Kings River Golf & Country Club in Kingsburg.
He walked on and made the team at Fresno State. He earned a scholarship and was the Bulldogs’ most valuable player.
He then turned professional after college and played the Canadian Professional Golf Tour and Golden State Tour. He got his amateur status back after playing four years as a pro.
“After I got my amateur status back in 2013, there’s just a different mindset,” he said.
He will play for a Northern California team in the Seaver Cup, Dec. 14-15 at Rancho Laquinta Country Club. Top NCGA and Southern California Golf Association tournament players will play in the Seaver Cup, a biennial competition which uses a format similar to the Ryder Cup.
The 2017-2018 tournament points season run from Dec. 1 through Nov. 30, 2018.
Anthony is the vice president of Jack Anthony Industries and oversees day to day operations of 7 Flags Car Wash, which has locations throughout Solano County.
Additional Players of the Year
Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose is the NCGA Women’s Player of the Year.
Randy Haag, a member of The Olympic Club, is the NCGA Senior Player of the Year.
Lynne Cowan is the NCGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Gary Vanier is the Super Senior Player of the Year. Vanier was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Association’s 57th annual awards dinner at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose in October.