2023 Senior Player of the Year
For the third-straight year, McConnell earned Senior Player of the Year honors following a season that saw success in both FSGA and USGA championships.
“Any time that you can be named Player of the Year in this state it is a great honor,” McConnell said. “I got my name on the Senior Amateur trophy this year with Mike McCoy, who won last year, and is one of the great amateurs in the game. It's so humbling and I'm just happy to earn this."
The Tampa native captured a commanding victory at the 62nd Senior Amateur Championship in October, taking home the six-shot victory in wire-to-wire fashion at 8-under 208. His championship total of 208 ties the lowest three-day total in Florida Senior Amateur history with Jim Carley, who carded an 8-under 208 in 2011, while his six-shot win is the largest margin of victory at the Senior Amateur since Gordon Marshall’s six-shot win in 2015.
McConnell’s Senior Amateur win was the fifth FSGA championship for McConnell and his first Senior Amateur title.
He teamed up with Pete Williams to win the Senior Four-Ball Championship. The two survived a playoff to capture the victory. McConnell added strong finishes at the Florida Senior Open Championship in May, finishing inside the top-10, and advancing to the Round of 32 at the 42nd Mid-Amateur Championship.
The three-time Player of the Year qualified for his second-straight 2023 U.S. Senior Open Championship at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, after earning medalist honors at the Lakewood National qualifier. McConnell also competed in his third-straight U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, advancing to match play for the third-consecutive year.
Most recently, McConnell was a member of the victorious Southeastern Challenge team, finishing the weekend undefeated with a 4-0-1 record. He ended the season with a third-place finish at the Senior Two-Man Shoot-Out with Williams.
2022 Senior Player of the Year
For the second-straight year, McConnell earned Senior Player of the Year honors following a season that saw success in both FSGA and USGA championships.
The Tampa native captured the victory at the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship in June, defeating Vinny Testaverde, 2 and 1, winning the 15th and 16th holes to secure the victory. This win marked McConnell’s second-career FSGA victory.
McConnell qualified for his second-straight U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, earning a share of medalist honors at The Kittansett Club. The 2018 Forty & Over champion advanced to the Quarterfinals, ending his run with a 5-and-3 defeat to the eventual finalist, Rusty Strawn.
The two-time player of the year also teed it up in the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club, after earning medalist honors at the TPC Treviso Bay qualifier.
McConnell also advanced to the Semifinals of the 41st Mid-Amateur Championship in May, falling to the eventual champion, Latowski, 2 and 1. He wrapped up a standout season with a runner-up finish at the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in October.
2021 Senior Player of the Year
McConnell earned Senior Player of the Year honors following a season that saw success in both FSGA and USGA championships.
“It’s a great honor,” McConnell said. “There are a lot of outstanding seniors in Florida and a lot of great competition. I still take pride in the fact that on some days, I can compete with the young guys. But it’s also fun to compete with the seniors and I look forward to doing that for years to come.”
The Tampa native secured low-amateur honors with a runner-up finish at the Florida Senior Open Championship in April. This was his second low-amateur honors for McConnell. He advanced to the Round of 16 at the 29th Amateur Match Play Championship in July, falling to the eventual champion, Robbie Higgins, 1 up.
McConnell qualified for his first U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, advancing to the Round of 64 at the Country Club of Detroit. The 2018 Forty & Over champion also added a top-15 finish at the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in October.
He teamed up with Matt Jackson to cap off the season with a victory at the Senior Two-Man Shoot-Out Championship.