Spieth, Tanco named Rolex Players of Year
Jordan Spieth and Victoria Tanco were named Rolex Junior Players of the Year by the AJGA on Wednesday.
It was the second year in a row Tanco won the award. She is the fourth girl in the AJGA’s 32-year history to win in consecutive years.
Spieth, 16, of Dallas, is a two-time first-team Rolex All-American. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur in July and finished runner-up at the HP Boys Championship and Junior PGA Championship. In total, Spieth posted top-10 finishes in the eight national events he entered in 2009.
Tanco, 15, of Bradenton, Fla., won three times, including the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook, and posted five other top-10 finishes in national tournaments. She also finished runner-up at the Ping Invitational.
Tanco joins Beth Bauer (1997-98), Kellee Booth (1992-93), and Vicki Goetze (1988-90) as the only girls that have won consecutive Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors.
Spieth and Tanco will be honored Nov. 22 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Past recipients include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, Hunter Mahan, Scott Verplank, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.