WILLIAM HYNDMAN, III PLAYER OF THE YEAR
f course Andrew Mason imagined a historic Golf Association of
Philadelphia campaign. “In my wildest dreams, yes, but my wildest
dreams are pretty wild,” said the 2011 William Hyndman, III Player
of the Year. Realistically? “I knew I could win but…
“Winning the Player of the Year trophy with Mr. Hyndman’s name on it
means a lot. Being a member of Huntingdon Valley and mentioned in the same
sentence with Mr. Hyndman, knowing who he is in the history of amateur golf,
is a huge honor.”
Mason’s 2011 season would have made the legendary HVCC figure and GAP
Hall of Famer Hyndman proud. The 23 year old amassed the third highest point
total in the 22-year history of the POY award with 1,005. Only Michael McDer-
mott (1,095 points) in 2003 and Kyle Davis (1,042.5 points) in 2006 tallied more
points. Mason, who entered 2011 with 113 career POY points, won three Major
championships, all in succession, advanced to the Amateur semifinals, placed
second in the Silver Cross and qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Mason entered the year on the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine’s
Players to Watch list.
He immediately displayed why with an Amateur Championship semifinal run
in mid-June at Manufacturers G&CC. He fell to eventual champion Michael
Hyland of Little Mill CC, 5& 4.
Four days later, the former Temple University standout netted medalist
honors in an Open Qualifier at Riverton CC. It was a significant accomplishment
at the time in the sense his home course of Huntingdon Valley CC was set to
serve as the host site for the Championship proper.
“I wanted to give myself an opportunity to play before the home crowd,” said
Mason that afternoon. “I love playing Huntingdon Valley.”
“…mentioned in the same sentence with
Mr. Hyndman, knowing who he is in the
history of amateur golf, is a huge honor.”
Proving home is where the golf game is, Mason crushed the area’s top
amateurs and professionals on July 20 in the 107th Open Championship. Mason,
battling extreme heat and treacherous conditions, birdied his first two Round 1
holes and three of the first four en route to a competitive course record 5-under
65. Hours later, he posted an even-par Round 2 score to win the 36-hole event
by a remarkable seven strokes. It was the largest margin of victory since R. Jay
Sigel’s 12 shots in 1975.