Roswell, GA — Sonny Skinner, PGA Life Member from Sylvester, claimed his second Georgia PGA Player of the Year title presented by PGA National Resort and Spa and the highly coveted Billy Weir Trophy after a long stretch of outstanding play in 2014. Skinner previously won the Georgia PGA Player of the Year title in 2006.
Skinner has become one of the most decorated playing professionals in all of the PGA of America. He has earned four consecutive PGA of America Senior Player of the Year Awards, and was named the PGA of America Player of the Year in 2008. He is the only person in the history of the association to capture both the regular and Senior Player of the Year awards.
Skinner’s steady year began in March with a 3rd place finish at the inaugural Rivermont Championship which was conducted at Rivermont Golf & Country Club in Johns Creek. In May, Skinner lost in a playoff to Kyle Owen at the Chicopee Woods Players’ Championship to finish in second place. His solid play continued throughout the warm summer where he never finished outside of the top-35 in a player of the year point event.
In June, the fifty four-year old tied for seventh place at the Yamaha Atlanta Open presented by Bolle/Bushnell at Atlanta National Golf Club.
In July, Skinner finished tied for 24th place at the The Championship at Berkeley Hills Country Club presented by Pennywise.ly.
In August, Skinner finished in a tie for 25th place at the Tilted Kilt Georgia Open at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw. Later in the month, Skinner finished in tied for 9th place at the E-Z-GO/Path2College Georgia PGA Championship presented by TaylorMade, Adidas, Ashworth and the PGA Tour at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.
Skinner finished the 2014 season with a tie for 3rd place at the Georgia Professional Championship in late September at The Legends Golf Club at Chateau Elan.
By claiming the 2014 Georgia PGA Player of the Year title and the Billy Weir Trophy, Skinner will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, which will be, conducted this week at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes nearly 830 PGA professionals working at over 260 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 20 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA’s primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and radio, print, and television media.