Love: Tiger still PGA player of year

As the PGA Tour season winds down over the next couple of weeks, upcoming voting for player of the year should be one of the closest in recent memory.

While most golf experts place a tremendous emphasis on winning majors, it will be hard to discard the fact that Tiger Woods has won more regular tour events this year than anyone else – a total of five, including the Players Championship in June.

Woods’ closest competitor in the POY race will likely come from Australian Adam Scott, this year’s Masters champion and a recent winner of the FedEx Barclay’s event.

While Woods is the first to admit that “it’s all about the majors,” his five wins this year still earn him my vote for player of the year. I expect he’ll take home the award – unless Scott can pull off a victory in one of the year’s last two events.

Greater Altoona on tap

One of the area’s longest-running and most prestigious golf events – the 36th annual Greater Altoona Tournament – will take place this weekend.

Play will open up at Summit Country Club on Saturday and will finish at Scotch Valley on Sunday afternoon. Last year’s men’s champ, Artie Fink, Jr. along with ladies winner Michelle Day, will be back to defend their respective titles.

Last year also saw the Sinking Valley men and Summit Country Club ladies capture team trophies.

This event features the top four men and women golfers from each local course playing 18 holes each day. In addition to the individual competition, team scores are tabulated by counting the low three scores from each four-person team.

The Greater Altoona Tournament has had a long and successful run as one of the best season-ending events in our area.

Amateur qualifiers

Congratulations to Duncanville’s Steve DeStefano and Altoona’s Artie Fink Jr. Both men will be competing in this year’s Pennsylvania Mid-Amateur championship – limited to amateur golfers who are at least 25 years old.

Both have qualified for this top amateur event, scheduled to be played at the Club at Nevillewood, near Pittsburgh, on Sept. 16-17.

Ken Love covers area golf for the Mirror.