The American Junior Golf Association honored Cooper Dossey, 16, of Austin, with the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award Sunday at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa. The honor is bestowed each year to one junior golfer who displays exemplary sportsmanship and integrity in the game of golf.
“It means so much to me and this is a big honor,” Dossey said. “I am so blessed to win this award.”
Ever a leader on the golf course, the Vandegrift High School junior uses his athletic abilities to raise money for the College Golf Fellowship through his Leadership Links efforts. After surpassing his initial goal of $1,200, Dossey has nearly doubled his funds by tallying 51 birdies during the 2014 season and is now working towards a goal of $2,500.
“Leadership Links has taught me the importance of giving back so that others, too, may have the hope of a future,” Dossey said. “Golf is a game that exemplifies the spirit of giving and I am so blessed to be a part of this most wonderful game.”
After a trying 2013 campaign that included just one top-10 showing, Dossey’s focus and faith in the game never wavered.
“Going through the struggles really created a mentality that I did not want to go back through that again,” Dossey said.
During his third season with the AJGA, Dossey rose from T445 to 22 in the Polo Golf Rankings on the strength of three top-10 showings, including his first victory at the Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions. The future Texas A&M Aggie was also a member of the Wyndham Cup’s victorious West Team and competed as a representative of the United States at the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.
“This has been a huge year,” Dossey said. “I have gained so much confidence and I’m just trying to have the best attitude out there that I possibly can.”
2014 Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet: Cooper Dossey, Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award winner
Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award winner Cooper Dossey