Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 | 5:16 p.m.
Amateur golfer Brady Exber never knew how close he was to losing the Southern Nevada Golf Association’s player of the year title for 2008.
The Summerlin resident insists he gave just a few passing glances to the points list during the season.
Averting the standings must have helped Exber, who accepted his ninth scratch title at the association’s year-end banquet on Jan. 27.
He never worried when second-place Matt Edwards was just a shot away at the Clark County Amateur in October from winning the championship.
“I never pay attention to the points standings,” Exber said. “All I focus on is the event I’m playing in and I play as well as I can. If I do that then everything will take care of itself.”
Exber topped the standings with 357.67 points, while Edwards finished with 345.
Edwards, a 2004 Coronado graduate, lost the Clark County Amateur, the final association event of the season, in a sudden death playoff. A win would have given him the season championship.
“I had no idea it was that close,” Exber said.
Exber earned more than a quarter of his points when he won the Nevada State Amateur June 22 with a three round total of 221.
By winning the biggest association event of the year, Exber took a safe lead for most of the year.
“I am extremely proud,” Exber said. “Any time you have been honored for something like that you have to consider yourself lucky. I can’t believe I have won as many as I have.”
Exber, who also received Person of the Year honor at the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Southwest Section PGA on Jan. 6, will next compete at The Azalea Invitational in Charleston, S.C., March 9.
Other honorees at the banquet, which was held at Rio Secco Golf Club, were senior scratch champion Frank Acker, net champion Eric Conway and senior net champion Jimmy Tucker.
It was the second consecutive senior championship for Acker, a Henderson resident and three time scratch champion.
Acker, who has taken the last four months off from golf, hopes to return to competition for the SNGA Senior Season Opener, Feb. 9.
“I still love to compete but now I do it mostly for fun,” he said.
Sean Ammerman can be reached at 990-2661 or [email protected].