Nicole Adam, of Pinehurst, is one of the 2019 recipients of the Richard S. Tufts Players of the Year award. Carolina Golf Association announced the winners Thursday in a news release.

Adam has taken junior girls’ golf by storm this year with eight top-ten finishes. Most notably, Adam captured victories at the CPGA Junior Girls’ Championship and the Peggy Kirk Bell Junior at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. She also made it to the Round of 64 in the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. 

Adam is the 2018 N.C. Junior Player of the Year and is committed to play at the University of North Carolina in the fall. 

Six other golfers were announced as winners: Gene Ziegler, of Florence, S.C., won Junior Boy’s, Jayne Pardus, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., won Senior Women’s, Steve Harwell, of Mooresville, N.C., won Senior Men’s, Russ Perry, of Winston-Salem, N.C., won Super Senior Men’s, Gina Kim, of Chapel Hill, N.C., won Women’s, and for Men’s, Scott Harvey, of Kernersville, N.C., won.

Adam and the others will be honored during Carolinas Golf Night and the CGA Annual Meeting at The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst on February 8, 2020.

The Richard S. Tufts Awards were created in 1997 to honor the Carolinas amateur golfers who had exceptional individual tournament performances over the preceding year. 

The awards are given to the top golfer based on the CGA amateur rankings at the end of the calendar year in five of seven categories: Women’s, Men’s, Senior Women’s, Senior Men’s and Super Senior Men’s. The Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s categories were implemented in 2001, while the Super Senior Men’s award was created in 2017.

The Junior Girls’ and Junior Boys’ awards, started in 2003, are based on a series of tournaments run by associations that are the grassroots of junior golf in the Carolinas.

Courtesy feature photo from CGA: Adam takes home the trophy at the 14th Dogwood State Girls’ Championship in 2018 at Chapel Hill Country Club. 

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