Takumi Kanaya (photo by The R&A)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (December 20, 2019) – Takumi Kanaya of Japan has been named SGA Amateur of the Month Presented by Global Golf Post for November 2019 by the Southern Golf Association (SGA).
He won the Japan Tour’s Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters with a 13-under-par 267 (73-66-63-65).
Earlier this year, Kanaya competed in the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship via his 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur win – where he almost repeated as the winner back in September finishing in second place along with advancing to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur in Pinehurst.
Kanaya is currently the second ranked Amateur in the World according to the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR) and number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
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 Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff.
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 15 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.
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