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Top 25 Amateur Golf Moments of 2018
11 Dec 2018
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

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At AmateurGolf.com, we admit to loving the amateur sector of this game for the stories, the depth of the players, the remarkable courses, the history of the tournaments and the sheer love of the game displayed by amateur golfers. As 2018 comes to a close, we’ve gathered the year’s best stories for a countdown to the end of the season. Be sure to come back each day to relive the moments that made amateur golf great this year.
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 25: A quest completed
    No. 25: A quest completed
    A teenage phenom puts off a pro career for one last chance to fulfill a dream: A win on home soil and a Masters invitation
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 24: A major is born
    No. 24: A major is born
    The recipe: Two preeminent golf associations, one vibrant international city, two major exemptions and one four-way playoff
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 23: Six days, two wins
    No. 23: Six days, two wins
    How’s this for a golf trip: 6 straight days of competition, a plane ride in between, every round par or better and 2 trophies
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 22: Defying the age odds
    No. 22: Defying the age odds
    A seasoned USGA champ steals the spotlight from the world’s best teenagers and a Walker Cupper breaks an 0-for-8 streak
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 21: Defending titles
    No. 21: Defending titles
    It’s hard to win a major amateur tournament, and even harder to repeat. In 2018, two players did it in historic fashion.
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 20: History repeated
    No. 20: History repeated
    By defeating a player nearly four decades his junior, a local legend ties a record that had stood for 102 years
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 19: Open qualifiers
    No. 19: Open qualifiers
    For three American amateurs, a golf vacation turns into an opportunity to compete with the world’s best at the Home of Golf
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 18: Round of the year
    No. 18: Round of the year
    In 94 years at this U.S. Open venue, no one has ever shot lower than a former junior member en route to a breakthrough major win
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 17: Red, white and blue
    No. 17: Red, white and blue
    America’s best are back, reclaiming one cup by a record margin and taking home another for the first time in 20 years
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 16: Demons avenged
    No. 16: Demons avenged
    Last year, the leader rinsed a shot on the 71st hole, made triple and lost the NCAAs. This year, the same player got a rinsing.
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 15: A long time coming
    No. 15: A long time coming
    For one of amateur golf’s most respected players, the journey to a USGA title spanned four decades and nearly three dozen attempts
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 14: Undefeated
    No. 14: Undefeated
    He owns his swing and now a piece of history, as the first member of a storied program to finish the fall unbeaten in stroke play
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 13: Early decision
    No. 13: Early decision
    After making it through Q-School, top collegians were forced to make a difficult choice: start their career or stay in school.
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 12: Set completed
    No. 12: Set completed
    Two years ago, a finals loss and a silver medal. Last year, a run to the semis. This year, the gold came with a USGA trophy.
  • Top amateur golf moments of 2018, No. 11: On fire
    No. 11: On fire
    His journey took him from Ladder 1 in Brockton all the way to the U.S. Open trophy ceremony, with a stop in Augusta along the way.


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