A PAIR OF TOP 5 FINISHES in the final two events of the season
propelled Eric Williams of Honesdale Golf Club to a fourth straight
and ninth overall AGA/GAP Player of the Year.
Williams entered the year’s penultimate event, the AGA/GAP
Men’s Coal Scuttle, 76 points shy of the top spot
In the Coal Scuttle’s individual competition, Williams played him-
self into contention for that title before finishing tied for fourth. He
would earn 178 POY points. In the year’s final tournament, the Carlyle
Robinson Fall Four-Ball at Elkview Country Club, Williams, along with
partner James Gardas, tied for fourth to earn 135 points.
Overall, Williams’ amassed 1,242 points, 117 points clear of
runner-up Eamon Evans.
“I’m 47 years old and to still be contending for Player of the Year
is all about consistency to me. That’s what I aim for,” said Williams.
“My forte is individual medal play. I knew the Coal Scuttle had a
major amount of points. I put myself in the mix but then kind of
stalled out. Conditions were so difficult at Elkview with strong winds
for the Carlyle Robinson. I thought anything under par would finish
in the Top 5.”
Other top finishes in AGA/GAP events for Williams were a victory
in the John Moore Memorial Tournament and a tie for second-place
in the Ben Marshall Spring Four-Ball, both with Gardas, and a sec-
ond-place outing in the Over/Under 50 Tournament.
However, it’s the events he didn’t gain any points in that put a bow
“I take a lot of pride making the cut in the State Amateur at my
age and also making the state Sigel semifinals,” said Williams, of
Honesdale, Pa. “In GAP, I played in all the Majors this year. I had a
really good round of golf in the Patterson Cup and finished Top 5.
And being invited to compete on the Philadelphia Challenge Matches
and Mason-Dixon Matches teams was a bonus. That was awesome.”
– Martin D. Emeno, Jr.
BEFORE THIS SEASON, Bob Andrejko already
held four AGA/GAP Senior Player of the Year
honors to his name. Those previous seasons featured a heavy dose of triumph.
Things remained the same in 2019, thanks to
a steady driver and even more trophy-lifting moments, as Andrejko claimed a fifth Senior POY.
Andrejko’s first individual win came in the
Spring Stroke Play held July 25 at Glenmaura
National Golf Club. The champ shared top honors
with Michael Vassil of the Country Club of Scranton that day; each carded a 2-over 73. The second
came in the Stroke Play Championship at Fox Hill
Country Club on Aug. 14, where Andrejko’s 1-un-
der 70 topped a leaderboard of 15 seniors.
“I was able to take both of the Stroke Play
titles this year, which were both big wins. The
high in both the
AGA and GAP,
and it’s always
an honor to win
Andrejko, 60, of
Municipal to its first-ever Senior Coal Scuttle
Championship title Aug. 27 at Huntsville Golf
Club (par 72, 6,273 yards). The champions filed a
16-over-par 304 to edge Fox Hill by two strokes.
“We may not be a country club, but Scran-
ton Muni is a working man’s club with talented
players. To win our first Senior Coal Scuttle was a
nice accomplishment for us all,” said Andrejko, a
longtime Scranton Muni member.
More team success came in the Carlyle Robinson Fall Four-Ball Oct. 14 at Elkview Country
Club. Andrejko paired with Elkview’s Kenneth
Bolcavage to post a 3-under-par 69, for the win
– one that capped another stellar campaign.
“The AGA, GAP and Pennsylvania Golf Association tournaments are really all I play in nowadays, so they mean a lot to me. Winning the
Player of the Year means a lot, too,” said Andrejko. “Over the years, I’ve met many great friends
along the way. These tournaments, with such
outstanding competition, have become something I look forward to every season.”
– Dan Scofield
AGA/GAP Senior Player of the Year Bob Andrejko Scranton Municipal Golf Course
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
AGA/GAP Player of the Year
Eric Williams Honesdale Golf Club