Patti was presented the “2018 Most Improved Player Award” at the Kick-off Dinner Tuesday January 29, 2019. Patti was the 17thperson to receive the award. Mary Canfield established the award to honor and memorialize her daughter, Nancy. The candidates are kept a secret and winning the award was a surprise and honor for Patti.
This years’ winner worked hard and developed her skills. Patti’s handicap index decreased from 26.9 to 22.3. To qualify for the award, a player must have posted a minimum of 48 scores in the calendar year, 12 of those need to be played on MPWGA Tuesday play days. Patti posted 126 rounds in 2018 and played in 19 Tuesday play days. Patti received an engraved crystal trophy and a personalized golf bag tag. The Mary Canfield Award trophy acknowledging “2018 Most Improved Player” is displayed in the glass case outside the Mesquite Grill entrance.
Congratulations to our 2018 winner! Patti Shobe
Previous Winners of Most Improved Player:
2017 – Mary Kay Nordhill
2009 – Dorothy Moore
2016 – Karen Wilson
2008 – Ralene Peters
2015 – Pilar Borm
2007 – Nathalie Wisneski
2014 – Jackie Kline
2006 – Karen Christensen
2013 – Del Hudson
2005 – Debbie McMullin
2012 – Betty Cole
2004 – Althea Parent
2011 – Donna Barnard
2003 – Pat Mattz
2010 – Holly Lyon
2002 – Connie Sherman
History of the Most Improved Player award for the MPWGA: In the words of Mary Sturgeon Canfield, who started the award in honor of her daughter Nancy.
In 1947, my golf club in Wausau, Wisconsin, game me an award for “Most Improved Player of the Year.” I was 29 years old, and the award surprised and inspired me. My love for this wonderful game has never diminished. It has brought me joy and challenge, has kept me happy and healthy, and has brought me enduring friendships and great love.
In the year 2000, my daughter Nancy was recognized by her golf club in South Carolina for “most improved golfer of the year.” Nancy was a very accomplished tennis player, but had not played golf since her junior high days. She started to play again at the age of 55 and within 3 months was breaking 100 and would soon break 90. Sadly, we lost Nancy about three months after she and I won our flight in an invitational tournament at her club.
In presenting this trophy in memory of Nancy, it is my hope that it will bring the recipient pride in her accomplishment and challenge her to further improvement. This award was first presented to an MPWGA player for calendar year 2002.