MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In a season that saw 9 different men's singles champions in 14 events on the 2005 COGP summer tour, Jason Moisey recorded the most consistent results. Out of the 4 events he played, Moisey won 2 titles (Whitehall and Reynoldsburg) and reached 2 semis (Academy and New Albany). His 11-2 singles record gave him the best winning percentage on the tour and he earned the #1 men's singles ranking for 2nd straight year. For his performance last summer, Moisey was selected the Tennisfax/COGP Male Player of the Year.
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Formerly of Texas, Dayton resident and University of Cincinnati Bearcat Lindsay Willeford posted an undefeated record in her first year on the COGP tour. She won 3 titles (Unlimited, Tennisfax and the COGP Masters) during the summer of 2005. Along with the #1 women's singles ranking, Willeford was named the Tennisfax/COGP Female Player of the Year.
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
For the 2nd time, Dave Goins has been named the Senior Player of the Year. On the 2005 COGP summer tour, Goins won 5 men's 55 singles titles (Whitehall, Tennisfax, South Central, New Albany and Reynoldsburg) with a 12-2 singles record. His performance earned him the #1 Tennisfax/COGP men's 55 singles ranking, Goins also shared the #1 ranking in men's 45 doubles with his partner, Randy Stewart. Together they won 2 titles (Tennisfax, Westerville) and were semifinalists at Reynoldsburg.
JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Though he was only 14 during the summer of 2005, Khang Thai "played up" in the older age divisions and still earned the Junior Player of the Year award. He reached the Tennisfax/COGP #1 boys' 18 singles ranking by winning 3 titles (Westerville, Dublin and the COGP Masters) with an 11-1 record (his only loss was in the B18s final at Tennisfax). He also won a boys' 16 singles title at the Unlimited Open earning him a #11 ranking with only one tournament in that division.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Because he was previously unranked in either boys' 14 or 16 divisions, Brian Widdoes was clearly the Most Improved Player on the 2005 COGP summer tour. He earned the Tennisfax/COGP #2 boys' 18 singles ranking with a 15-2 record by winning 4 titles (Whitehall, Academy, New Albany and Reynoldsburg) and reaching 2 semifinals (Central Ohio and Westerville).
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Robbie Barlow of Michigan played 3 tournaments on the 2005 COGP summer tour with results that were good enough to earn him the Tennisfax/COGP #2 men's singles ranking and the Newcomer of the Year award. He collected 1 title (New Albany), 1 runner-up spot (COGP Masters) and 1 semifinal finish (South Central). Included in his 8-2 record were wins over the #1 and #3 ranked players.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marc Thomas hadn't played for a number of years on the COGP. In his return to the 2005 tour, Thomas compiled a 7-0 record in men's open doubles (with partner Mark Mathias) winning 3 titles (Academy, Reynoldsburg and the COGP Masters). Thomas ended the season as the #1 player in the Tennisfax/COGP men's doubles rankings. He is a deserving Comeback Player of the Year.
SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Anh Thu Thai
No one was nicer, friendlier or more complimentary of her opponents on the COGP tour last summer than Anh Thu Thai. Plus, she had outstanding results as well. Playing girls' 16 singles in three tournaments, she posted a 7-1 record winning 2 titles (Unlimited and Westerville) with 1 semifinal appearance (Tennisfax). In all her matches, Thai demonstrated the best qualities of fair play and was selected as the 2005 Shane Roush Sportsmanship award recipient.
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