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2018 OMEGA Players of the Year Decided

November 16th, 2018

OMEGA Player of the Year - Tyler Hall, Upper Montclair Country Club

In his first year receiving his Class A membership, Tyler Hall of Upper Montclair Country Club went on his way to becoming the Player of the Year in the New Jersey Section.

Related: Player of the Year Standings 

The 37-year-old Director of Instruction at Upper Montclair Country Club finished inside the top 10 at every Section event this season and was a finalist in the Greg Norman Collection Match Play Championship and the runner-up at the New Jersey PGA Championship.

“I know that he’s a very hard worker and he’s great at what he does,” said Paige Spiranac, who has been taught by Hall for nearly a decade. “He just makes the golf community better by being in it.”

Hall had success competing in the assistants division in years past, being named the Assistant Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons from 2015-17.

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OMEGA Assistant Player of the Year - Brian Mackey, Echo Lake Country Club

After finishing second in the Assistant Player of the Year race for three consecutive seasons, Brian Mackey of Echo Lake Country Club finally earned his first Assistant Player of the Year honor.

Related: Assistant Player of the Year Standings

“This was a huge goal of his and the entire club is so happy for him,” Pat Fillian, Head Professional at Echo Lake said.

Mackey, 33, won two assistant events and ended his year with a pair of victories at the Assistant Match Play Championship and Assistant Players Championship.

“To have finally reached this point and locked it up feels incredible,” Mackey said. “This means the world to me.”

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OMEGA Senior Player of the Year - Brent Studer, Metedeconk National Golf Club

With a new swing thanks to Metedeconk National Golf Club’s Director of Instruction Terry Rowles, Brent Studer put together his winningest season yet and earned his first Senior Player of the Year title.

Related: Senior Player of the Year Standings

The Director of Golf at Metedeconk won the New Jersey Section Senior Championship, Senior Match Play Championship and his fourth New Jersey Section Championship. He was also a runner-up in the New Jersey Senior Open.

Studer, the 2003 Section Player of the Year, was inducted into the New Jersey PGA Hall of Fame last season and continues to add to his resume. In October, he finished inside the top 35 of the National Senior PGA Professional Championship to qualify for his first Senior PGA Championship next May.

“He’s definitely worked hard on his game this season,” Chris Dymek, Director of Golf at Manasquan River Golf Club said. “He’s like a second father to me and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

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