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Brady Smith and Athena Singh Take Golf House Kentucky Junior Player of the Year Honors

Smith and Singh stand as best among Kentucky’s youth for 2022.

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 4, 2022) – Brady Smith of Simpsonville and Athena Singh of Morehead have won the Golf House Kentucky Junior Player of the Year titles for the 2022 season. This award honors the top male and female in Kentucky who are 18 years of age or younger based on their results in top junior tournaments and other prestigious tournaments on the local, regional, or national scale.

For Smith, the junior at Christian Academy of Louisville experienced a breakout year that was highlighted by winning two of the state’s most prestigious junior championships. In July, he won the Kentucky Boys Junior Amateur at his home course, University of Louisville Golf Club. A five-shot win in that event preceded a wire-to-wire triumph at Bowling Green Country Club to capture the KHSAA Boys State Individual Championship in October. Also aiding in Smith’s Player of the Year season was capturing medalist honors at the state’s lone qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur, which secured him a place in the world-class field at Bandon Dunes where he posted the best finish among the four Kentuckians who competed in Oregon that week.

“It’s a huge honor to win this award,” said Smith. “I worked really hard on my game to be ready for tournament golf this year. On top of that, to show up like I did in the biggest events feels great. I want to offer a big amount of thanks to my friends, family, plus my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Click here to view the final boys standings

This accomplishment marks Singh’s second Player of the Year recognition in as many days after being named one of the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour’s best on Thursday. Some of her premier victories on that circuit helped her claim this honor as well, most notably her wins at the Kentucky Girls Junior Amateur and the Lou Perry Tour Championship. But Singh also snagged her maiden AJGA victory after dominating at Bellefonte Country Club in the NRP Bluegrass Junior with a nine-shot win. Her success at Bellefonte continued into the Kentucky Women’s Open when she posted a top-ten finish competing against some of the state’s top professional and collegiate players.

Singh makes it two consecutive years where a member of the high school graduating class of 2026 has won the Golf House Kentucky Girls Junior Player of the Year honor. Singh and last year’s champion, Trinity Beth, paced this year’s standings at first and second place. Both players appear poised to continue battling it out as the state’s best in the years to come with Singh representing eastern Kentucky and Beth showcasing western Kentucky.

Click here to view the final girls standings

Golf House Kentucky and its respective organizations congratulate the Smith and Singh families on these accomplishments and thank them for their outstanding representation of Kentucky golf.

The 2023 tournament schedules from the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour, Kentucky PGA Section and Kentucky Golf Association will be released this winter to set the stage for the 2023 Golf House Kentucky Junior Player of the Year races.

About Kentucky Junior Golf:
Kentucky Junior Golf is part of the Kentucky Golf Foundation, one of three organizations that comprises Golf House Kentucky. Kentucky Junior Golf includes the state’s top tournaments and programs for the state’s golfers aged 18 or younger, featuring the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour, Youth on Course, the Youth on Course caddie program, PGA Jr. League, and Drive, Chip & Putt. Kentucky Junior Golf is dedicated to introducing Kentucky’s youth to the game of golf, providing resources to further enjoyment within the sport, and developing the skills necessary for players to thrive both on and off the golf course.

About Golf House Kentucky:
Known as the Family of Golf Organizations throughout the Commonwealth, Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for the Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky Golf Foundation and Kentucky PGA Section. Golf House Kentucky is located next to Persimmon Ridge Golf Club and is open each weekday to visitors who can tour the Kentucky Golf Museum containing some of the most valuable items associated with Kentucky golf. Each of the organizations associated with Golf House Kentucky all share the goal of promoting golf, its values, and services designed to further enjoyment of the game for the state’s citizens.

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Ethan Fisher, PGA | Golf House Kentucky | efisher@kygolf.org | (502) 792-9703

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About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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