Patterson Named 2021 Senior Player of the Year
The MSGA season has come to an end, wrapping up last weekend as Maine makes its gradual move toward winter. This week we will be highlighting the recipients of the 2021 Player of the Year awards.
The Maine State Golf Association is pleased to announce Keith Patterson as the recipient of the 2021 Senior Player of the Year award, an annual accolade bestowed to the player aged 55 and older who accrues the most points in a year-long competition among all of its tournaments. The Senior Player of the Year race began on September 1, 2020 and ran through the end of August 2021. Points are available at all MSGA Play Days and championship tournaments, along with certain regional tournaments, with points awarded based on a combination of the field size and the importance of the event.
While Patterson has been winning MSGA events for the better part of three decades now, this is the first time he’s earned Player of the Year honors at any level. “I’ve always thought that to win the player of the year you had to play consistently well throughout the year,” says Patterson. “There are so many really good senior players in Maine and the past three years we have all been chasing Len Cole, who has been dominating the points list, so it feels great to win the award this year.”
The points race was tight all through the season, with Patterson’s good friend and fellow Biddeford-Saco member Mike O’Brien constantly reminding him how close they were as they neared the end of the season. It ended up coming down to the final hole of the Senior Amateur at Natanis, where Patterson had an off-week, but managed to birdie the last hole, which earned him just enough points to eke out the Senior Player of the Year honors by a small margin over O’Brien.
Patterson earned his points over the wrap-around season by winning the senior portion of six MSGA Play Days, played on the winning Biddeford-Saco team at the Senior Club Team Championship, and was runner-up at the inaugural Senior Match Play Invitational.
Patterson, 58, currently resides in Saco. He has been a member at Biddeford-Saco for 33 years, where the club has produced many state champions over the years, which he credits for part of his success.
“At BSCC, we have a lot of really good young players in addition to the seniors so there are always some really good matches,” he explains. “Usually these matches end up being the young guys against the old guys. The old guys manage to hold our own once in a while.”
Patterson admits that over the years he’s “had flashes of success and won a few tourneys with great partners, but I haven’t played consistent enough in the big tournaments. The difference this year was that I played well throughout the year and had high finishes in most of the tournaments I played.”
For that very reason, he’s the deserving winner of the 2021 Senior Player of the Year title.