Top 10 Amateur Golf Moments of 2016
27 Dec 2016
by Sam Dostaler of amateurgolf.com
see also: Stewart Hagestad Rankings
(December 27, 2016) -- Once again the golf season
not disappoint and as 2016 comes to a close it is
look back at the top-10 moments from the year that
was. With thousands of tournaments contested
worldwide over the past 12 months it is impossible
us to give every great moment its do but we hope
list we have compiled will more than suffice. So
further ado here are the top-10 moments from the
Joseph Deraney had a breakout year in 2016
winning three Majors of Amateur Golf and
himself to be a force for years to come.
Recently Bronte Law turned
but before she did the former UCLA star left her
on the amateur game with her biggest victory
July's European Ladies
Illinois junior Dylan Meyer nearly
off the improbable double-double this summer,
the Western Amateur, only to
out of steam about two weeks later in the quarterfinals of the U.S.
Amateur. In both events Meyer's outdueled Florida
standout Sam Horsfield.
When Chip Lutz won the 2015 U.S.
Amateur a dream became a reality as he punched
ticket into the 2016 U.S. Senior Open. Once Lutz
at Scioto Country Club he made sure the trip wasn't
lived and as the only amateur around for the
he won low amateur
honors. His signature moment of the week
the second round when he shot a 1-under 69 to
With a drama filled 3-2 win over Stanford in
match Washington won their first NCAA Division I Women's
Championship in program history.
Ellen Port continued her success in
winning the U.S. Senior
Amateur. The victory gives her seven career
victories and leaves her one behind all-time
JoAnne Gunderson Carner.
Eun Jeong Seong made USGA history
summer when she won both the U.S. Junior Girls Championship and
the U.S. Women’s
Amateur two weeks later to become the first
player to hold both titles at the same time.
Curtis Luck changed the course of his
career with a week of remarkable play at the U.S.
Amateur. Playing at Oakland Hills Country Club, the
native of Australia won eight straight holes at one point
the championship match to win the U.S. Amateur
all the spoils of victory.
The 2016 NCAA Division I Championship was
played at Eugene Country Club and host
all that welcoming to their guests. First Oregon star
earned medalist honors and
after winning just once the rest of the year the
won a thrilling championship match over
Is there really any other option? The comeback
victory by Stewart Hagestad in the U.S.
is our top moment of 2016. Hagestad was 4 down
five holes to play in the match against 2014
Scott Harvey before rallying to tie the match on the
36th hole and then won it on the first extra hole.
-Arizona State senior and Canadian native
Toit started the final round of RBC Canadian Open one-
back before finishing tied for ninth.
- In his final event as an amateur Bryson
DeChambeau spent much of the first half of
Masters week near the lead before finishing tied for
and as the winner of the Silver Cup.
-With one spot remaining and five players tied
Chris Crawford did was roll in a 40-foot birdie
to qualify for U.S. Open at Oakmont.
-As a freshman Virginia Elena Carta
captured the NCAA Women's Individual title.
-In the month of July nobody had a better four
than Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest.
captured the Trans-Mississippi
Amateur and then a short time later the Pacific
-Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson,
playing in his home state of Michigan at the U.S.
Amateur took the
golf world by storm with his run to the semifinals at
Oakland Hills Country Club. Carlson entered the
a relative unknown and ranked nearly 2,000 in the
World Amateur Golf Rankings.