Park, Perry Among GWAA Players of the Year

January 2, 2014

Inbee Park won three consecutive women's major championships in 2013, including the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club. (USGA/John Mummert)

HOUSTON – Reigning U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open champions Inbee Park and Kenny Perry have been honored by the Golf Writers Association of America as the 2013 Female and Senior Players of the Year, respectively.

Masters champion Adam Scott was named the Male Player of the Year, edging three-time U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods by five votes.

Photo Gallery: 2013 USGA Champions

Park and Perry were near-unanimous winners, each gathering 91 percent of the vote (220 voters) in their respective categories.

Park’s four-stroke victory over fellow Korean I.K. Kim last June at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., capped a remarkable run of three consecutive major championships. Park, who also won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Wegmans LPGA Championship, joined Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1950) as the only players to win the first three women’s major championships of the season.

The 25-year-old’s bid for a fourth consecutive major and possible Grand Slam was ended at the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, where she finished tied for 42nd. Park, who also won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2002 U.S. Girls’ Junior, finished 2013 with six victories and Rolex Player of the Year honors.

“Last year was a year that I could never forget,” said Park, who finished well ahead of Stacy Lewis in the balloting. “I was able to put my name among the greatest players around the world. Now, on top of that, I am being recognized and honored by golf writers. They are those who know what has just happened last year in every detail. I can almost say that they know me better than I know myself. That's why this honor is very special and means a lot to me.”

Perry posted three wins on the Champions Tour, but two were major titles: the Senior Players Championship and the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club, where he shot 64-63 on the weekend for a five-stroke victory over Fred Funk. Perry, of Franklin, Ky., also earned the season-long Schwab Cup and easily won the GWAA honor over Bernhard Langer.

“It is my highest honor, from the players or the writers, to be named player of the year,” said Perry. “Here I am at 53 doing stuff I probably shouldn’t be doing, I’m so honored that the writers are paying attention to me.”

Scott, 33, claimed his first career major at Augusta National Golf Club with a playoff victory over 2007 U.S. Open champion and 2009 Masters winner Angel Cabrera. He finished the year with two PGA Tour wins, including the Masters, and teamed with two-time U.S. Open runner-up (2011 and 2013) Jason Day to claim the World Cup of Golf. Scott closed out the year by winning the Australian PGA and Australian Masters, and finished second in the Australian Open.

The winners will be honored April 9 at the annual GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga., the night before the start of the Masters.

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

Rolex image

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

AmEx image

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

AmEx image
American Express

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit

AmEx image