Ramsey, Hanzel share Tommy Barnes Award honors
Ashlan Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., and Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., were recently named co-winners of the Tommy Barnes Award during a luncheon held at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta.
The award given annually by the Georgia State Golf Association, is named after Georgia’s legendary golfer, Tommy Barnes, and presented to the GSGA’s player(s) of the year.
Ramsey, who joined the Golfweek staff as a player blogger for the 2013-14 college golf season, finished the year as both the GSGA’s Women’s and Girl’s Player of the Year.
Among Ramsey’s 2013 accomplishments was her victory in the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship at the Legends at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga., where she won each of her five matches in 14 holes or fewer. Ramsey was also victorious in the Georgia Women’s Amateur Championship at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville, Ga..
After qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship held at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., Ramsey advanced to the Round of 64.
Her other 2013 notables were victories in the Western Amateur Championship, the Eastern Amateur Championship, as well as making the cut at the LPGA’s first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Ramsey, who is a freshman on Clemson University’s first ever women’s golf team, is currently ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
Golfweek has also named Ramsey as one of four players at the top of its watch list for the inaugural Annika Award, which will be presented to the nation's top collegiate female golfer. The recipient will be honored at a banquet preceding the inaugural Annika Invitational, to be played Sept. 28-30, 2014 at Reunion (Fla.) Resort.
Since entering the senior ranks in 2012, Hanzel continues to make a name for himself on both the national and state level by receiving the GSGA’s Player of the Year award for the second straight year.
Hanzel, a 56-year-old physician who specializes in pulmonary critical care at South East Medial Group, finished the year ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur Rankings in spite of playing a limited schedule.
For Hanzel, the highlight of 2013 came with his victory at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.
“They can’t take that away from you,” Hanzel said after his victory. “I’m at a loss for words. I know you get a lot of perks for winning, but the perk for me is to have your name on a USGA trophy.”
He also was low amateur at the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Neb., as well as the 2012 Senior Open at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.
Hanzel who qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.) also won the Society of Seniors Championship on his home course at The Landings Club–Deer Creek in Savannah, Ga.