Boys Golfer of the Year
School: Phoenix Mountain Pointe.
Season recap: Harden shot 71-67 for a 6-under 138 at the Division I championship, winning the tournament by 3 strokes and becoming the first individual state champion in school history. Harden also won the Brophy and Aguila invitationals during his final high school season. He is undecided on college but plans to play golf next year, perhaps at a local junior college before moving on to a four-year school.
Harden’s comments: “I can’t see any possible way (my season) could’ve went any better. I played about as good of golf as I ever have. I knew I could (win state) because I shot a 66 at the Aguila Invitational and it’s the same course, so when I shot a 71 the first day at state, I knew I could shoot a lower number that second day to maybe come back and take the state championship. I had the confidence in me that I could fire something low.”
Coach Tony Ramseyer’s comments: “This has been a tremendous ride for us, to watch Ben grow and develop and become a young man. He had just a magical year. His work ethic is probably second to none. He’s one of those kids that will find something that he’s passionate about, and he’s perfected it the best he can to this point in his life. He wants to continue to get better and better and better.”