The 2023 NFPGA tournament season came to a fantastic end! The tremendous play and continued support of the tournaments culminate with the North Florida PGA announcing the 2023 Rolex NFPGA Player of the Year awards! we are so proud to announce our Players of the Year!
Rolex NFPGA Player of the Year
Greg Koch, the Assistant Professional at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club – Grande Lakes Orlando, accomplished the impressive feat of going back-to-back-to-back with capturing the 2023 Rolex NFPGA Player of Year. During the year, Koch posted five top-10 finishes, including a victory after a tight match with John Somers at the YAMAHA Match Play Championship. He made a run at the Section Championship title, ultimately finishing T2. His solid play in the Section translated to the national level as he represented the NFPGA well with his T11 finish at the 2023 PGA Professional Championship earned him a spot in the PGA Championship. The ability to stay consistent during long stretches and keep the momentum going through the year helped earn him the honor of being the 2023 Rolex NFPGA Player of the Year. Congratulations, Greg!
Rolex NFPGA Player of the Year Top 5:
- Greg Koch – 4,710
- John Somers – 4,370
- Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth – 4,288
- Sandra Changkija – 3,600
- Matt Borchert – 3,028.67
Rolex NFPGA Senior Player of the Year
Jonathan Mansfield, a Teaching Professional at Clearwater Country Club, took home the Rolex NFPGA Senior Player of the Year. Mansfield started the year off quickly, finding some good form and the winner’s circle at the Senior Stableford Championship. Later in the year, he had a strong Runner-Up finish at the Senior Section Championship/Senior PGA Professional Championship after Jeff Leonard won a playoff on the first hole. These two events helped propel him to capture the Rolex NFPGA Senior Player of the Year honors.
Rolex NFPGA Senior Player of the Year Top 5:
- Jonathan Mansfield – 5,316
- Gene Walter – 4,520
- Jeff Leonard – 4,334
- David Hronek – 3,046.5
- Nick Frontero – 2,582
Rolex NFPGA Women’s Player of the Year
Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth, a Teaching Professional at San Jose Country Club, had a 2023 season that showed her name consistently near the top of the leaderboard. She had two very solid finishes at significant events including a T2 finish at the Section Championship and a Runner-Up finish at the NFPGA Professional Championship. On a national level, she finished 34th in the 2023 PGA Professional Championship and has qualified for the 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by her play at the LPGA Professional National Championship. The ability to play championship-level golf throughout the year helped her secure the Rolex NFPGA Women’s Player of the Year.
Rolex NFPGA Women’s Player of the Year Top 5:
- Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth – 5,498
- Sandra Changkija – 4,650
- Jennifer Borocz – 4,306
- Emily Motta – 3,480
- Cheryl Anderson – 1,360
Rolex NFPGA Assistant’s Player of the Year
Sandra Changkija, an Assistant Professional of Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, took home the Rolex NFPGA Assistant’s Player of the Year. Sandra’s year was capped off with a victory at the NFPGA Assistant Professional Championship where she needed two play-off holes to secure the victory over Mac Harris. Sandra again showed why she was the 2022 NFPGA Women’s Player of the Year. Congratulations Sandra!
Rolex NFPGA Assistant’s Player of the Year Top 5:
- Sandra Changkija – 2,870
- Greg Koch – 2,650
- Mac Harris – 2,298
- Bryan Winkel – 1,824
- Benjamin Ham – 1,636
For complete Roles NFPGA Player of Year Standings, click here.