Kannegieser Named 2021 Women's Player of the Year

Nov 9, 2021

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 Kristin Kannegieser as the recipient of the 2021 Women’s Player of the Year award, an annual accolade bestowed to the player who accrues the most points in a year-long competition among all of its tournaments. The Women’s Player of the Year race runs from April to October during the women’s season. Points are available at most 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.

Kannegieser, who is a member at Martindale and Portland, won five events during regular Tuesday play to earn the majority of her points. She also had a strong finish at the Maine Women’s Amateur Championship, finishing third in the state’s top event. Kannegieser later went on to win the Maine Senior Women’s Amateur in the fall to cap off the year. 

“I’m honored to have won this award,” says Kannegieser. “There are so many great players in our state, so to be one of the top gals at the end of the season feels great.”

Despite her numerous victories throughout the year, her favorite memory of the season came at Biddeford-Saco CC. Playing alongside Leslie Guenther and Laurie Hyndman, Kannegieser made a hole-in-one on the tenth hole.

“It was magical because it was the first time Leslie, Laurie and myself had played together since the passing of our dear friend and golf buddy, Kathy Drake. We spent a lot of time sharing stories, laughing and crying during that round,” she explains.

This is the second time the Minot resident has won the award, having previously earned the honor in 2019. During that season, she won the Mixed Championship with her son, Will, who she credits with a lot of her success not just this season, but over the years.

“My son has as always been my golf rock,” says Kannegieser. “I love the way he approaches the game. I’ve learned so much from watching him. He has a great way of calming me down and helping me focus on what’s important.”

In addition to Women’s Player of the Year honors, she is also the winner of the 2021 Senior Women’s Player of the Year title. Congratulations to Kristin on a great season!