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Brent Snyder earns MN PGA Player of the Year honors

October 3, 2013

Snyder breaks the streak

For the first time in 18-years the Minnesota Section PGA Player of the Year does not have a last

Brent Snyder Player of the Year

Brent Snyder
2013 Player of the Year

name of Berry or Sorenson. That’s right, Brent Snyder, playing out of Troy Burne GC is the 2013 Player of the Year.

Snyder accumulated 684 points, edging out Jeff Sorenson (Columbia GC) by a mere 3.5 points. Finishing third in the standings? You guessed it, Don Berry (Edinburgh USA) with 541.50 points. Awards are the result of effort, according to Snyder, and he says winning Player of the Year does not change his approach going forward.

“We have a very strong playing section!  It is proven through the years on a national stage as well,” said Snyder in an email interview. ” (I’m)  just honored and humbled to be in that company.”

Snyder won the last two majors of the season after hanging around the top five for the past five years and his game continued to sharpen. Not bad for a relatively late bloomer in golf. Snyder began playing at the age of 14, at that time working on his game as a teen at Stillwater CC. Contrary to many young golfers today, Snyder was not active in junior golf in the summers and played mostly with his family. Both his brother and father share his passion for the game, his brother acting as his full-time caddie.

His track post-high school is not typical of many golf professionals. Brent was not heavily recruited to play in college and found himself at the University of Denver. Content to spend time in the mountains skiing and working on his degree, Snyder did not play competitive golf while in college. He earned a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and a minor in Communications.

Now, with Player of the Year honors under his belt, Brent will enter the 2014 season with a title to defend and goals to improve even more. He has competed in two of the four PGA Professional National Championships he has qualified for in the past.  He will compete at Myrtle Beach with hopes of qualifying for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

For most of the past 18-years, the Minnesota Section Player of the Year and the name Don Berry were synonymous; Berry winning 15, including 13 in a row. Sorenson captured the title the other three years, including 2012. For Snyder to crack into the group did not go unnoticed by Sorenson who texted him the night the award was confirmed. Still, Snyder seems unfazed by his accomplishment.

“This award has very little to do with what is important in life. I woke up the next day and felt the same as the day before; went to the club, worked on relationships, and golf got in the way. What a great gig!”

We’d like to congratulate Brent on a fabulous year and to all of our golf professionals on a great tournament year!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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