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Elmsford, N.Y. (February 21, 2023) — The Young family – Cameron, David and Barbara – has been chosen as the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s 2023 Family of the Year.  They will be honored at the MGWA’s 71st National Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 11th at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The MGWA’s Family of the Year Award honors a family for its contributions to the game and for representing the virtues and ideals of golf and family.


It’s fitting that the Young family will receive this coveted honor at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, since most of their lives have been spent there.  David, a PGA Master Professional, recently retired after over 20 years as Sleepy Hollow’s Head Golf Professional.  He was a member of the PGA of America’s Rules Committee for 18 years and worked numerous PGA Championships and the Masters. Throughout all those years he coached his son, Cameron, who tore it up as a junior golfer (he was the youngest winner of the Westchester Amateur, the Carter Cup and the Ike Championship, and was the first amateur to win the NYS Open).  After playing on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2021, Cameron had a stellar first year on the PGA Tour in 2022, notching five runner-up finishes, including at the Open Championship at St. Andrews.  He also made a run for the PGA Championship before tying for third, one stroke behind eventual playoff winner Justin Thomas.  He played in the 2022 President’s Cup and capped the year off by winning the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer award as their Rookie of the Year.  Not to be forgotten is Barbara Young, the family’s matriarch.  After a very brief time playing professionally, Barbara operated a mini tour for 13 years, providing playing opportunities for aspiring women professionals.  She put her career on hold as Cameron’s talents became obvious, and she became his caddie, his nutritionist, and his chauffeur, driving him countless miles as he pursued his golf dreams.

"No family could be more deserving of this award than the Young family,” said MGWA President, Brian Crowell. “Cameron's phenomenal success on the PGA Tour is only the latest chapter in a family golf story that started long ago. The story highlights a tremendous, positive impact on all aspects of the game.”  Crowell continued, “The Youngs represent the Metropolitan NY area and our many allied Golf Associations with total class.  The MGWA is proud to honor them with this award."


The MGWA has celebrated the game of golf and promoted golf journalism since its inception in 1952.  Each year, it honors the sport’s champions and contributors at its largest fundraiser, the National Awards Dinner.  This highly anticipated event is supported by golf’s leading organizations and corporate supporters, Met Area clubs and club leaders, as well as local and national golf media. Through the Dinner and other events, the MGWA has raised millions of dollars for the Association’s beneficiaries, which include Caddie Scholarship programs in the Metropolitan New York area, the MGA Foundation, and the Dave Marr Journalism Scholarship at Columbia University. 


For tickets to the Dinner, click here.  For more information, contact Robin Sauerhaft, MGWA Executive Administrator, at: