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Gaiotti named 2015 UGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year

 For the third time in just four years, Annette Gaiotti has been named UGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year. The announcement was made by UGA Executive Director Bill Walker, and the award will be presented to Gaiotti at the UGA Annual Meeting at  Hidden Valley Country Club on Wednesday, January 20th. The UGA recognizes Player of the Year Awards for men and women in both open and senior categories.

 “Annette continues to be a force in women’s golf in Utah, and her recognition as the UGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year is well deserved,” Walker said. “She participated in 11 events and led the UGA Women’s Player Performance standings throughout  the year.”

 Gaiotti was the low senior woman at the UGA  Winterchamps and Tournament of Champions and she was the champion of the 2015 Utah Women’s Senior Amateur. She also won the Glen Eagle Invitational, the Moab Senior Amateur, and the Moab Ice  Breaker and teamed with Bea Peck to win the UGA Senior Four-Ball title.

 She cruised to a seven-stroke victory in the UGA Women’s Senior Amateur. It was the fourth time she has won the title, the first one being 12 years ago, and is the widest span between victories in the history of the event.

 In 2012, Gaiotti was the initial winner of the award. She also won it in 2013, but bowed to Utah Valley University Women’s Golf Coach Sue Nyhus last year. Gaiotti and Nyhus are a dominant duo in Utah women’s senior golf despite Nyhus only competing in three 2015 UGA Player Performance events.

Gaiotti is a member of Hidden Valley Country Club and is the reigning women’s club champion. She has won the club title “a dozen times or so.”

Annette credits her strong play in the senior division to her effort to stay competitive with the “long hitting youngsters.”

“Ken Clark has helped me lengthen my tee shot while still hitting a good percentage of fairways,” she said, “and playing with Kelsey (Chugg) and the other young players kept me motivated to improve.”

Two years ago, she was featured on the cover of Fairways Magazine in recognition of qualifying for 18 USGA national championships. Since then, she has added another five USGA championships, bringing her total to 23. Over the past two years, she has qualified and played in the USGA Senior Amateur twice, the Mid-Amateur once, and the USGA State Team twice.

Annette and her husband Don Goldberg are avid skiers and golfers, and their son Jared is on the U.S. Ski Team and finished 11th in the combined downhill and slalom event in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.