BIRMINGHAM, AL (December 20, 2017) – Garrick Higgo, the 18-year old number one ranked amateur in South Africa, has been named Amateur of the Month for November by the Southern Golf Association (SGA).
Higgo, a 2018 class UNLV commit, returned to Parkview Golf Club in South Africa a year after finishing second by one stroke to capture the 2017 Bobby Locke Open by carding a 19-under par 269 for a three stroke victory.
Two weeks later, he claimed the South African Golf Association season ending Harry Oppenheimer Trophy after posting a 14-under par performance at Maccauvlei for another three stroke win.
Higgo is currently the No. 23 ranked amateur in the World according to Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and No. 158 by the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Winners of the SGA’s monthly award are determined by an international 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 Cameron Champ & Doc Redman.
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.