Washington Golf announces 2022 Players of the Year
By: WA Golf Admin
Washington Golf (WA Golf) has announced the Player of the Year award recipients for 2022. The category winners are as follows: Men’s, Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane; Women’s, Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle; Men’s Mid-Amateur, Andrew Von Lossow; Women’s Mid-Amateur, Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island; Senior Men’s, Erik Hanson of Kirkland; Senior Women’s, Kim Shek of Bellevue; Junior Boys’, Max Herendeen of Bellevue; and Junior Girls’, Angela Zhang of Bellevue.
The recipients were highlighted at the 101st WA Golf Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Yakima Country Club, site of the Association’s first Annual Meeting in 1922.
Herendeen took home a national title when he won the 2022 PGA Junior Boys’ Championship. Locally, he won the WIAA 3A High School State Championship and the WJGA Players Open, and finished second in the Washington Men’s Amateur, one shot back of the winner. He was the qualifying medalist at the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur, and made it to the semifinals. He qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, and made it to Final Qualifying for the U.S. Open. He tied for 15th at the Pacific Coast Amateur, where he was named to the WA Golf Morse Cup team. He had six top-25 finishes in AJGA events. Herendeen is a senior at Bishop Blanchet High School, and has already committed to play at the University of Illinois next fall.
At age 13, Zhang became the youngest player in the history of the championship to win the Washington Women’s Amateur. She also won the WJGA State Championship, and earned more points on the WJGA season-long Player of the Year Points List than anyone else in WJGA history, with many of the points earned early in the season while she was still just 12 years old. Zhang won three AJGA titles, and had four other top-10 finishes in AJGA events. In September she was the medalist at U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball qualifying.
Founded in 2007 as a way of recognizing and awarding excellence in competition, the WA Golf Players of the Year are selected each year in early October by the WA Golf Championship Committee, which meets to vote for honorees in the categories of Men’s, Women’s, Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Men’s Mid-Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’.