Philip Barbaree, Jr. Announced as Sportsperson of the Year
Junior golfer Philip Barbaree, Jr. has been selected by Camping World Independence Bowl officials as the 2015 Carl Mikovich Sportsperson of the Year.
Barbaree, a junior at C.E. Byrd High School, is ranked first in the World Junior Golf Rankings, and second in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings. He is committed to play collegiately at LSU.
“I am very blessed and honored to be this year’s Sportsperson of the Year,” Barbaree said. “To receive this award after many great names like Hal Sutton, David Toms, Tim Brando and many others, really means so much. This has been a great year with golf, but it is also a privilege to be influential to others.
“To tee up a golf ball and represent Shreveport on a national and international stage is a feeling I won’t get tired of. When Sam Burns received this title last year, I knew I could be awarded in the future if I worked hard.”
In July, Barbaree executed an incredible comeback at the U.S. Junior Amateur, rallying from five shots down with eight holes to play. He birdied the 18th hole to push the match to a playoff and took the tournament on the first playoff hole.
Barbaree became the first player from the Shreveport area to win the U.S. Junior Amateur.
A month prior, Barbaree won the Rolex Tournament of Champions, an event 2014 Sportsperson of the Year Sam Burns won.
A year after Burns torched the previous event record with a 21-under-par performance, Barbaree blitzed the field and stormed past Burns’ record, finishing 24-under with an aggregate of 264. He finished the tournament 14 strokes ahead of second place, and the highest score of his four rounds was a 68 on the par-72 course.
Following his stellar summer, Barbaree will represent the United States at the Spirit International Golf Championships, held on Oct. 9-15 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
The event is held every other year, and features two men and two women from 20 countries across six continents.
“We are pleased to honor Philip Barbaree, Jr. with the Carl Mikovich Sportsperson of the Year Award,” 2015 Camping World Independence Bowl chairman Kyle McInnis said. “Philip has had had quite a year. Philip success has brought with it a positive light for our area and highlights our excellent group of junior golfers. We are excited to honor him for his hard-earned accomplishments.
Along with Burns, Barbaree joins a distinguished list of recipients of the Sportsperson of the Year Award, including fellow golfers Hal Sutton (1983) and David Toms (1997), sportscaster Tim Brando (1992), MLB stars Todd Walker (1998) and Scott Baker (2007), and former NFL wide receiver Arnaz Battle (2002).