Cal Sophomore Earns First Collegiate Win and Captures Southern Golf Association’s Amateur of the Mon
BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 24, 2017)
– Collin Morikawa, the 20-year old Cal golfer, has been named Amateur of the Month (March) by the Southern Golf Association (SGA) after an impressive showing in multiple events.
Morikawa secured his first collegiate win last month during the ASU Thunderbird Invitational after posting a three-round score 13-under 200, the second lowest of his collegiate career. This was also the first time that a Cal golfer has ever won the Invitational.
Morikawa then went on to finish 2nd in the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate after losing in a playoff to Grant Hirschman of Oklahoma.
Winners of the SGA’s monthly award are determined by a blue-ribbon national panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists. Now in its 14th season, notable recipients have been Bill Haas, Michelle Wie, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, J. B. Holmes, Webb Simpson, Rhys Davies, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Fortin-Simard, Rickie Fowler, Danny Lee, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Alice Hewson, and more recently Lee McCoy & Aaron Wise.
The SGA supports amateur golf at the highest level, including staging of the storied Southern Amateur, as well as the Southern Junior Championship.
About the Southern Golf Association:
The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 14 state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis. The SGA is proud to have partners including Global Golf Post, the leading weekly golf news publication in the world.
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