Golfweek Senior Players of the Year

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Meet Golfweek's Players of the Year for 2011:


Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. – 6,550 points

  • Second consecutive POY. Won both years he was eligible.
  • Won eight of the nine points events in which he played.
  • Only loss was in the semi-finals of USGA Senior Amateur.
  • Won the British and Canadian Senior Amateurs.

Ron Carter, Monticello, Ind. – 5,454 points

  • Won the Porter Cup and the Dixie Senior.
  • Qualified for U.S. Senior Open.
  • Finished in the top 10 in nine of 14 point events played

Bill Zylstra, Plymouth, Mich. – 5, points

  • Won the Riverwood, the Moot Thomas, the Georgia Senior, and the US Senior Challenge.
  • Finished in the top ten in 10 of the 11 poinst tournaments in which he played.
  • Made match play in USGA Senior Amateur.

Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind. – 4,015 points

  • Had seven senior top-10 finishes.
  • Played all but one event as a senior, though he was eligible to play in the super seniors division.
  • Won the only super senior event he entered, the John Kline Super Senior.

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. – 4,015 points

  • Played in only eight points events.
  • Won the Dale Morey and the North & South senior championships.
  • Was the medalist at the 2011 USGA Senior Amateur.
  • Finished 54th in the British Senior Open.


Gary Shimmin, Okatie, S.C. – 6,038.3 points

  • Won the Florida Azalea Senior.
  • Finished in the top 10 in 15 of 17 tournaments played.
  • The Player of the Year title came down the last event. Gary needed to finish at least one shot ahead of Joe Pavoni at the Dixie. He beat him by three.

Joe Pavoni, Prospect, Ky. – 5,738.3 points

  • Had 12 top 10s.
  • Was second in the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship.
  • Posted three additional top 5 finishes.
  • “Iron man” of the senior tour. Played in 22 point events.

Gary Strickfaden, Pinehurst, N.C. – 4,740 points

  • Won 2011’s opening event at Riverwood.
  • Finished in the top ten in 11 of 12 tournaments played.
  • Tie for second at Gateway and second at the Dave King. Had four other top-5 finishes.

Skip Snow, Dayton, Ohio – 4,040 points

  • Won the Porter Cup and the Ralph Bogart.
  • Was second in the Senior Hall of Fame.
  • Finished in the top 5 in seven of eight super senior points events.

Walt Martin, Oakton, Va. – 3,857.5 points

  • Won the SOS Spring Classic.
  • Was second in the Golfweek Senior Amateur.
  • Finished in the top 5 in his first five events.
  • Suffered a wrist injury in the late spring that reduced his schedule and hampered his play. He was leading the point list at the time. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.