Race for senior golf honors hits homestretch

Whatever happens in this weekend’s final regular season Regions Bank Amateur Series tournament, there will be a first-time senior player of the year.

After eight events, it has come down to North Augusta’s Glen Hurt and Frank Perry, of Fayetteville, Ga., for the Boone Knox senior player of the year award.

Neither Hurt nor Perry have ever won the senior player of the year title, which has been dominated by Kenny Larry, who has been player of the year four of the previous five years. Larry is out of the running with 170 points, which is fifth in the points standings.

Hurt, with 277 points, carries a 51-point lead over Perry into the Gordon Lakes Ping Regions Invitational at Gordon Lakes Golf Club, which begins today and concludes Sunday

Players earn points for top-20 finishes in the tournament, ranging from 75 for a wi, 50 for second, 40 for third, 30 for fourth, 25 for fifth on down to 1 point for 20th place.

Hurt will be player of the year if he finishes fifth or better, even if Perry wins. In that scenario, Hurt would finish with 302 points to 301 for Perry.