Barbara, Cameron, and David Young (RtoL) as they appeared in Westchester magazine, 2013. Photo by Dave Donelson.
The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association will honor Westchester golfers David, Barbara, and PGA star Cameron Young.
If Westchester had a first family of golf, it would be the Youngs — David, Barbara, and their son Cameron — at least according to the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association, which named them the 2023 MGWA Family of the Year. The Youngs will be honored at the organization’s 71st National Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 11, at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor.
The MGWA’s Family of the Year Award honors a family for its contributions to the game and for representing the virtues and ideals of golf and family. It’s particularly fitting that the Young family will receive this honor at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, since most of their lives have been spent there.
David and Barbara’s son, Cameron, has been at the nexus of competitive golf seemingly his entire life. He tore it up as a junior golfer in the Metro area, where he was the youngest winner of the Westchester Amateur, the Carter Cup and the Ike Championship, and was the first amateur to win the NYS Open. After playing on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2021, Cameron had a stellar first year on the PGA Tour in 2022, notching five runner-up finishes, including at the Open Championship at St. Andrews. He also made a run for the PGA Championship before tying for third, one stroke behind eventual playoff winner Justin Thomas. He played in the 2022 President’s Cup and was named the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year.
David Young, a PGA Master Professional, recently retired after over 20 years as Sleepy Hollow’s Head Golf Professional. He was a member of the PGA of America’s Rules Committee for 18 years and worked numerous PGA Championships and the Masters. David has been featured many times in Westchester magazine’s annual golf issue, including the 2023 edition, in which he explains how to hit one of the hardest shots in the game, the long-iron approach.
Barbara Young played professionally for a brief time, then Barbara operated a mini tour for 13 years, providing playing opportunities for aspiring women professionals. She put her career on hold as Cameron’s talents became obvious, and became his caddie, his nutritionist, and his chauffeur, driving him countless miles as he pursued his golf dreams.
“No family could be more deserving of this award than the Young family,” says MGWA President, Brian Crowell. “Cameron’s phenomenal success on the PGA Tour is only the latest chapter in a family golf story that started long ago. The story highlights a tremendous, positive impact on all aspects of the game.” Crowell continues, “The Youngs represent the Metropolitan NY area and our many allied Golf Associations with total class. The MGWA is proud to honor them with this award.”