The most dominant player in the year’s biggest amateur tournament in the state, Grace Choi from Dallas is the inaugural Texas Women’s Player of the Year. A senior at Michigan, Choi won the 95th WTGA State Amateur Championship with a hard-fought, 3-and-2 victory over Julie Houston from Allen.
Choi never trailed in the four matches she won on the way to the title bout with Houston. In the championship match, Houston provided Choi her first taste of adversity. Choi missed a short par putt on the fourth hole and fell 1 down to Houston. Choi showed her mettle and responded with wins on the seventh and eighth holes to take a 1-up lead she’d never relinquish.
With the victory, Choi collected 100 Player of the Year points. She added two more with a T25 result at the Texas Women’s Open. Her 102 points were seven more than Annika Clark of Highlands.