Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award

It is part of the AJGA’s mission to develop young men and women on and off the course and impress upon them the importance of respect for their fellow competitors and the game of golf. One way this is achieved is through the AJGA’s Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award.
This award has been presented annually since the AJGA's inception in 1978. In 2000, it was named in memoriam for Jerry Cole after the AJGA’s longtime friend and board member’s death. Recipients of the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award are historically juniors who have some or all of these characteristics:
  • Overcome adversity off the course
  • Impact others in a positive way
  • Display integrity and sportsmanship in all aspects of life
  • Embody the spirit of the game by seeking opportunities to give back

Each year, the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award recipient earns entry into the Rolex Tournament of Champions and is honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet.
PAST RECIPIENTS
IAN JOHNSTON
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2018
HANNAH FOSTER
Hobe Sound, Florida
2017
MICHAEL SANDERS
Davidson, North Carolina
2016
EMILY SUMNER
North Tustin, California
2015
COOPER DOSSEY
Austin, Texas
2014
TOBIN NIBLETT
Austin, Texas
2013
THOMAS WELSH
High Point, N.C.
2012
WYATT LARKIN
Morganton, Ga.
2011
ASHLEY ARMSTRONG
Flossmoor, Ill.
2010
Tempe, Ariz.
2009
Danderyd, Sweden
2008
Encinitas, Calif.
2007
JOE DAVID
Madison, Tenn.
2006
KRISTIN INGRAM
Pasadena, Calif.
2005
MATT SAVAGE
Louisville, Ky.
2004
JENNIFER TANGTIPHAIBOONTANA
Long Beach, Calif.
2003
JONATHAN MOORE
Portland, Ore.
2002
WHITNEY CODE
Tampa, Fla.
2001
MALLORY CODE
Tampa, Fla.
2000
VIRADA NIRAPATHPONGPORN
Bangkok, Thailand
1999
TRAVIS JOHNSON
Bellflower, Calif.
1998
LISA DERNICK
The Woodlands, Texas
1997
BOYD SUMMERHAYS
Farmington, Utah
1996
WES LATIMER
Woodstock, Ga.
1995
JEFF FAHRENBRUCH
Plano, Texas
1994
SKYLI YAMADA
Sandy, Utah
1993
BRIAN NEWTON
Richardson, Texas
1992
JASON GORE
Valencia, Calif.
1991
JASON HEBERT
Houston, Texas
1990
KEVIN HAMMER
Boynton Beach, Fla.
1989
JEAN-PAUL HEBERT
Houston, Texas
1988
JODI FIGLEY
Aliquippa, Pa.
1987
ROBERT GAMEZ
Las Vegas, Nev.
1986
STEVE FLESCH
Edgewood, Ky.
1985
ANTHONY MOLLICA
Columbus, Ga.
1984
PAUL EARNEST
Houston, Texas
1982
JAMIE DEWEESE
Rochester, N.Y.
1981
GORDON DALGLEISH
Helensburgh, Scotland
1980
DON HURTER
Honolulu, Hawaii
1979
CHRIS HAACK
Newnan, Ga.
1978
Johnston named AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award
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Hannah Foster of Hobe Sound, Florida, was honored with the AJGA's Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award.
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Michael Sanders was named the 2016 Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award winner at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet.
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Emily Sumner of North Tustin, California, was named the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award winner at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet.
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Cooper Dossey of Austin, received the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award for demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship and integrity in the game of golf.
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Tobin Niblett, 16, of Austin, was honored as the 2013 Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award recipient Sunday evening at the Rolex Junior All-America Banquet.
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