The South Carolina Golf Association has announced the players of the year for 2018. The SCGA gives an award to the top amateur and the top senior amateur in the Palmetto State.
Walter Todd from Laurens won his third straight Senior Amateur played of the year. Todd joins a small select group of Palmetto State golfers who have accomplished the honor.
Holly Tree golfer Robert Lutomski finished on the top of the race to be the amateur player of the year. Lutomski used a consistent season to win his first player of the year award.
Todd tied Rick Cloninger and Frank Ford,III, who had previously won the senior award in three consecutive years.
Among the highlights during Todd’s award winning season was a victory in the Low Country Senior Invitational at the Callawassie Island Club and making the round of 32 in the USGA Senior Amateur.
Todd never finished outside the top-15 in any tournament during the 2018 season. He earned a top-five finish at the North-South Senior Championship. He finished fourth in the SCGA Mid-Am and made the quarter-finals in the Carolinas Four-Ball Championship.
Todd won the senior Player of the Year by 88 points over Eddie Hargett of Blythewood. Rich Weston from Pawleys Island was third with Stan Sill of Spartanburg fourth with Greer’s Mike Gravley and Spartanburg’s Tim Pope tied for fifth.
Lutomski was able to win the Player of the Year award by just eight points over NC State junior Christian Salzer from Sumter.
The Simpsonville golfer carded his best finish when he and his partner Weston Bell won the SCGA Partners Championship. As an individual player Lutomski recorded a runner-up finish at the Tournament of Champions and a fourth place finish at the South Carolina Amateur.
The SC Player of the Year will compete next year in the USGA Four-Ball championship, in addition to pairing up for a win ion the Partners championship the two also qualified for the 2019 event to be played at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.
The 2018 SCGA Amatuer champion William Harwood from Columbia was third with Clemson senior Bryson Nimmer in fourth and 2018 SCGA Mid-Am champion Kyle Bearden from Barnwell rounding out the top-five.
The two gofers will receive their player of the year awards at the annual South Carolina Golf Day celebration to b held on January 12th at the Columbia Country Club.
In addition to honoring the top players the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame will induct two new members. Former Clemson golfer and NCAA champion Charles Warren will be honored with Kelly Tilghman who recently retired from her broadcast career with The Golf Channel.