With the conclusion of the Rocky Gap Players Cup, the Middle Atlantic PGA season is coming to a close and the 2017 OMEGA Player of the year standings are complete.
In his first year as an apprentice, Ryan Zylstra is the 2017 OMEGA Open Player of the Year with 1,420 points earned over six events.
It was an eventful season for the Federal Club apprentice with five first-place finishes in POY eligible events. Zylstra’s State Open of Virginia victory at Ballyhack by three strokes rewarded him with 403 points, the most of any tournament.
“After I won the Stae Open, I knew I had a chance,” Zylstra said. “I had a really good year this season, by far the best year I’ve had as a professional.”
Zylstra placed first in four other tournaments, the Southern Chapter Championship, National Car Rental Spring Pro-Scratch, National Car Rental Assistant Championship and the Rocky Gap Players Cup.
“It’s very exciting because winning Player of the Year was one of my goals at the beginning of the season,” Zylstra said. “As an apprentice, I can’t play in the Section Championship so I knew I had to play well in my other events. ”
Heading into the final points eligible tournament of the season at Rocky Gap, Zylstra trailed leader John O’Leary by 26 points. Zylstra won the event by four strokes, securing enough points to surpass O’Leary by 178.
“I’m very thankful of Tim Dale and the ownership at Federal Club to allow me to play a lot of tournament golf and represent our club,” Zylstra said. “It was a great season and I hope to continue my success into next year.”