CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 WINNER…. MIDGE MOLLENKOPF MILLER
The Most Improved Player Award was presented for the first time 18 years ago in 2002 in honor of Mary Sturgeon Canfield’s daughter Nancy…. see history below.
The 2019 Winner of The Most Improved Player, Midge Mollenkopf Miller was unable to attend the Kick Off Dinner January 14, 2020. We could not convince her to change her scheduled surgery. Midge will receive the engraved crystal trophy and a personalized Most Improved Player bag tag in the near future.
Midge’s handicap improvement factor was 1.049. She worked on her game and focused on increasing her strength this past year. Her record has her playing over 70 rounds, 32 rounds were on league play days. To qualify for the award, a player must have posted a minimum of 48 scores in a calendar year, 12 rounds need to be played on MPWGA Tuesday play days.
The Mary Canfield Award Trophy is displayed in the Trophy case next to the Mesquite Grill.
Previous Winners of Most Improved Player:
2018 – Patti Shobe
2009 – Dorothy Moore
2017 – Mary Kay Nordhill
2008 – Ralene Peters
2016 – Karen Wilson
2007 – Nathalie Wisneski
2015 – Pilar Borm
2006 – Karen Christensen
2014 – Jackie Kline
2005 – Debbie McMullin
2013 – Del Hudson
2004 – Althea Parent
2012 – Betty Cole
2003 – Pat Mattz
2011 – Donna Barnard
2002 – Connie Sherman
2010 – Holly Lyon
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, gave 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.