Girls Golfer of the Year: Catie Craig
Back-to-Back! Catie Craig is the BLITZ Girls Golfer of the Year for the second straight season after sharing it last year with sister Caroline. The sophomore missed going back-to-back as a state champion by just a single stroke, but nonetheless, she remains one of the top golfers in the state of Georgia.
2019 By The Numbers
- Area 5th Place (75)
- 4A State Runner-Up (78/70)
- Team 4A State 3rd Place
For Craig, 2019 proved to be even better than her freshman year. The White County sophomore led the Lady Warriors to an Area Runner-Up finish and a State 3rd-Place finish for the second straight season. Alongside her sister, UGA-bound Caroline Craig, Catie and teammates Erin Dorsey and Grace Jones came very close to a runner-up state finish.
Catie Craig posted the lowest round of the tournament with a 70 on the second day, finishing one stroke off the lead. The 2018 state champion finished as runner-up this time. With two years remaining, the sky is the limit for Catie Craig.
- Catie Craig – 84 pts (14 first-place votes)
- Caroline Craig – 49.5 pts (2)
- Cameron Ford – 42.5 pts (2)
- Brinson Hall – 27.5 pts (1)
- Maggie Jackson – 15 pts
Voting included our 19-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts; 7th: 0.25 pts; 8th: 0 pts
History of Girls Golfer of the Year
- 2019: Catie Craig (White SO)
- 2018: Caroline & Catie Craig (White JR/FR)
- 2017: Caroline Craig (White SO)
- 2016: Maddie & Ally Horinek (Union JR/SO)
- 2015: Madison Caldwell (Dawson SR)
- 2014: Madison Caldwell (Dawson JR)
- 2013: Madison Caldwell (Dawson SO)
- 2012: Cara Gowder (Banks JR)
- 2011: Morgan Wood (Lumpkin JR)
- 2010: Morgan Wood (Lumpkin SO)
Craig’s repeat makes her the third golfer to ever claim it more than once. It also means a Craig girl lays a claim to the honors for the third straight season. Worth nothing that Maddie/Ally Horinek shared it as sisters as well in 2016. Five sophomores have now won the award, and Catie Craig was the first freshman to win it while sharing it last year with sister Caroline.
Looking Ahead – The Next Favorite
Only Caroline Craig is graduating out of the five finalists, so it will be intense next season with Catie Craig trying to fend off the Tallulah Falls dynamic tandem of Maggie Jackson/Brinson Hall, and Commerce’s Cameron Ford. Craig will also see competition from amongst her own White County team.