(January 10, 2017) -- It's hard to end 2016 any better than Texas A&M junior Cameron Champ. Playing on New Year's Eve in the final round of the Patriot All-America Champ captured the title in a playoff and thanks to the win he was named the December Southern Golf Association Southern Golf Association Amateur of the Month.
In the playoff Champ was able to outlast Oklahoma State's Zach Murray on the second playoff hole. With the win Champ also earned an exemption into the 2017 Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic set to be played from June 23-26.
After the win Champ said, “That’s big, it’s really exciting. I’ve never played in the Web.com. I’ve tried to qualify a few times, but was never able to make it so this is really exciting to be able to play in my first one. And, also my gramps who’s going to be able to caddie for me. He’s getting up there in age, I’m going to let him caddie for me. You never know when his time is up, so you know, I just wanted to give him a chance to caddie for me and have a good week.”
Champ came to Texas A&M as a highly touted freshman after twice being named a Rolex All-American in 2012 and 2013. But during his first year in College Station Champ struggled with injuries and played in just six events.
Things started to turn around for Champ last year when he led the Aggies in scoring at 72.82 over the course of 33 rounds. Champ also earned four top-10 finishes as a sophomore.
The start of the 2016-2017 season has been another step forward for Champ as he opened the year with a tie for ninth at the Turning Stone-Tiger Intercollegiate, setting the stage for his first collegiate win a couple of weeks later at the Fighting Illini Invitational.