As the sun sets on another remarkable golf season, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the true stars of the fairways – the 2023 SCAGA Award winners!
In the world of golf, we celebrate dedication, sportsmanship, and extraordinary talent. The SCAGA Awards are a cherished tradition that recognizes outstanding achievements within our golfing community. We're proud to announce the exceptional clubs, individuals, and volunteers who have earned their place in the spotlight.
The 2023 SCAGA Awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories, each showcasing a unique facet of the game that makes golf so incredibly special:
Clubs of the Year: From the charming community clubhouses to the sprawling golfing meccas, we applaud the heart and soul of our golfing community. These clubs have gone above and beyond in creating memorable experiences for our members and guests.
Players of the Year (Men's, Women's, Men's Senior, and Women's Senior ): These awards are the ultimate tribute to golfing excellence. We honor the golfers who have showcased remarkable skill, unwavering determination, and passion for the sport. Their commitment and talent are an inspiration to us all.
Donna Sauve Volunteers of the Year: Behind every successful golf association is a team of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. This award recognizes those who have selflessly given their time and energy to ensure the smooth functioning of SCAGA events and programs.
Our SCAGA community, a tapestry of diverse backgrounds and skill levels, comes together in the name of this sport we all hold dear. It is a privilege to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of those who embody the essence of golf.
Join us in applauding the 2023 SCAGA Award winners, and may their achievements inspire you to elevate your game and keep the spirit of golf alive in your hearts.
Clubs of the Year
The Club of the Year award is presented to the three clubs that most effectively embodies SCAGA's values in advancing and expanding the sport of golf in New Mexico and West Texas. Criteria for consideration include the club's ability to grow its membership, its hosting of SCAGA events and USGA qualifiers, as well as its active involvement in initiatives related to the growth of the game and junior golf, such as the Sun Country Jr. Tour, PGA Junior League, Youth on Course, Drive Chip & Putt, PGA Hope, Sun Country Golf Marathon, and more.
The Canyon Club
Players of the Year
Donna Sauve Volunteers of the Year
The Donna Sauve Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who exemplifies SCAGA's values by dedicating their time and efforts to volunteer work in championship officiating, course rating, or governance over a period of at least a year. The award also serves as a perpetual tribute to Donna Sauve, a former SCAGA President, a committed USGA Committee member, and a tireless servant to the sport of golf in the region.
Donna Sauve is an individual who embodies the ideals of the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association (SCAGA) through her extensive volunteer work in championship officiating, course rating, and governance over the years. She has a lifelong passion for golf and has been actively involved in promoting and supporting the sport. Donna's journey in golf started at a young age, and despite limited competitive opportunities for girls at the time, she persevered and eventually became a dedicated volunteer for various golf organizations.
In 1987, after a 12-year break to raise her children, Donna participated in her first SCAGA event and was impressed by its well-organized structure. This positive experience inspired her to become more involved in the administrative side of golf. She later received an invitation to join the US Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Championship Committee, where she committed herself to supporting female golfers seeking to compete at a national level.
Donna's contributions have made a significant impact, with numerous Sun Country players benefiting from the opportunities she helped create through the US WAPL Championship. Her dedication and passion for the game have led to the success of Sun Country qualifiers in national championships.
Throughout her golf journey, Donna has actively supported the missions and integrity of the USGA and SCAGA by giving back to the sport. She has volunteered in various roles, including high school events, NCAA tournaments, and SCAGA competitive events, focusing on rules and administrative roles. Donna has also served on the SCAGA Board of Directors and has been a dedicated member of the SCAGA Rules Committee.
In summary, Donna Sauve has been an outstanding advocate for golf and a tireless volunteer who has positively impacted the sport in the Sun Country region, embodying the values and dedication that SCAGA aims to promote.