Anderson, Cole & Kannegieser Win Player of the Year
CUMBERLAND – With the 2019 golf season coming to a close, the Maine State Golf Association is proud to announce its annual Player of the Year recipients. After the three season-long points races with events held at courses across the state have concluded, Cole Anderson has been named as the Dr. Leonardo Buck Player of the Year, Kristin Kannegieser as the Women’s Player of the Year, and Len Cole as the Senior Player of the Year.
Anderson, 19, who lives in Camden and plays at Samoset Resort GC, is receiving the Dr. Leonardo Buck Player of the Year title for the first time. This award goes to the player who accrues the most points in MSGA tournaments from August to July in a wrap-around season. Anderson began the points race early last fall, defeating Drew Powell in the finals of the Match Play Invitational at Falmouth CC for his first MSGA Championship win. After a win in an MSGA Mid-Week event at his home course at Samoset this spring, Anderson was in good shape on the points table heading down the final stretch.
Coming into this year’s 100th Maine Amateur Championship at Portland CC, Cole was hungry and determined to improve on his finishes of 3rd and 2nd in the past two Amateurs. Following an opening round 65 at this year's event, the then18-year old went wire-to-wire to win the state’s premier amateur championship for the first time in his young career. His three-day total of 65-69-67—201 (-9) won the tournament by eight strokes, and brought him to an astonishing combined 16-under par in the last three Maine Amateur Championships.
Anderson is currently in his first year at Florida State University playing on a golf scholarship for the Seminoles. He plans to return to Maine following the completion of his first year at FSU.
The Women’s Player of the Year award is only in its second year of existence, following the merger of the MSGA with the two state women’s associations of Maine at the start of 2018. The Women’s Player of the Year race runs from the start to the end of the calendar year, with points being awarded at MSGA Championships on the weekly Tuesday events. Kannegieser has had a successful past golf career in Maine, but this marks the first time that she has won the Player of the Year honor due to the award’s brief history.
Kannegieser got an early win in her season by claiming the 2019 Mixed Championship at Fairlawn G&CC with her son, Will. For the longtime Martindale member and resident of Minot, this was the second straight year she and Will have won this championship. Her team finished second at the Metropolitan Championship at Fox Ridge GC in June, and she also claimed a third place finish at the Maine Women’s Amateur Championship at Webhannet GC in July. In addition to championship events, she also won seven MSGA Tuesday one-day events to cement her position atop the points table.
This marks the second consecutive season that Len Cole has been named as the Senior Player of the Year. This points race also spans the winter months and runs from September to August each season. Since turning 55 in 2017 and joining the senior ranks, the Scarborough resident has been the man to beat at most event’s he has entered. He kept that form going again this year, collecting some more MSGA hardware along the way.
He claimed the Senior Four-Ball title with partner Mark Plummer for the second straight year, carding an impressive 62 at Biddeford-Saco CC. He won the Parent-Child Championship with his son Ryan at Natanis GC in June, and grabbed his third trophy with his Falmouth CC teammates at the Senior Club Team Championship in July at Belgrade Lakes GC. In addition to the championship wins, Cole won three Senior Tour events and the senior flight in five weekend events en route to his second straight Senior Player of the Year award.
The MSGA would like to congratulate these three talented golfers on their success this year and for being deserving recipients of their respective Player of the Year titles.