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Digger Smith Award Winners

Presented annually since 1991, the J.R. “Digger” Smith Award is given to a supporter who is devoted to the AJGA mission and purpose of developing young men and women through competitive junior golf. The award is named in honor of AJGA Chairman of the Board J.R. “Digger” Smith, who has dedicated himself to the AJGA and to junior golf for more than three decades.

2017:
James E. Nugent III, Founder / Publisher Global Golf Post / AJGA Board President
2016:
Rolex
2015:
Jim Ahern, Director of Player Development Administration, Acushnet Company
2014:
Joseph E. Quirk III, AJGA Board of Directors
2013:
Chris Dernick, HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods
Brett Snortland, HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods
2012:
Dr. Howard Foote, Tournament Chairman of Michigan event
2011:
Terry Finger, Tournament Chairman of Hilton Head event
2010:
Del Cochran, Thunderbird International Junior
Mike Kennedy, Thunderbird International Junior
2009:
Pat Saunders, AJGA Board of Directors
2008:
John A. Solheim, Chairman & CEO of Karsten Manufacturing (PING)
2007:
Bruce Slovitt, Midwest Junior Players Championship
2006:
Gayle Champagne, President of AJGA Board of Directors
2005:
Dr. Jo Stegall, Burgett H. Mooney Rome Classic
2004:
Orrin Vincent, Edgewood Tahoe Junior Classic
2003:
Betsy Rawls, McDonalds Betsy Rawls Girls Championship
Mary Carriker, Texas San Antonio Shootout
2002:
Michael C. Thompson, RTJ Golf Trail Junior Classic / President of the AJGA Board of Directors
2001:
Bill Haws, Compaq Junior Classic at English Turn
2000:
Jerry Clapp, Greater Greensboro Chrysler Junior
1999:
Steve Storm , Nabisco Mission Hills Junior
1998:
Bob Carter, Hargray Junior Classic at Indigo Run
Barbara Lander, AJGA Tucker Anthony Junior / AJGA Board of Directors
1997:
Tom Cooksey, AJGA Bluegrass Junior Invitational
1996:
Don Miner, Lake Tahoe Junior Classic
Stephen A. Hamblin , Executive Director, AJGA
Coach George Hannon, University of Texas
1995:
Don Snortland, TaylorMade Woodlands Junior Classic
Wally Uihlein, Chairman & CEO, Acushnet Company
1994:
Wayne Moore, Todd Moore Memorial Junior
1993:
Leslie Akers, AJGA French Lick Junior
1992:
Steve Braun, Great Lakes Buick Junior
Jerry Cole, AJGA Board of Directors
1991:
John de Garmo, Darien, Conn.
Tom Rupert, AJGA Bluegrass Junior Invitational