Winner: The Prestige
Winner: Big 12 Championship
Top 10: World Amateur Team Championship
Åberg reached No. 1 in the WAGR for good reason. The Texas Tech player was permanently fixed to the front page of every leaderboard he could find, giving some the sense that the highly decorated Swede could be in Europe’s Ryder Cup plans sooner rather than later.
Madisonville, Texas/Texas A&M
Winner: U.S. Amateur
Made Cut: U.S. Open (Pro)
Winner: Louisiana Classics
Bennett is clearly among the best players in the country, and he’ll let you know about it. By winning the U.S. Am and making the cut at Brookline, the Texas A&M standout showed that he doesn’t back down from the big moment.
Low Am: Open Championship (Pro)
Winner: European Amateur
Top 5: World Amateur Team Championship
Celli turned pro after the Eisenhower Trophy, but what a superb final summer of amateur golf he had. After winning the European Amateur by one stroke, he earned low-am honors in the Open Championship, had a top-10 finish in a DP World Tour event and contended in the World Amateur Team Championship.
Winner: NCAA Columbus Regional
Winner: The Amer Ari Invitational
López-Chacarra fled for LIV (and winning the Bangkok event) after intending to return to Oklahoma State for a fifth year, but that drama can be put aside for a moment to recognize just how good of a semester he had for the Pokes. Chacarra was an absolute menace, winning three times and losing a playoff for the individual NCAA crown.
Vandalia, Ohio/North Carolina
Winner: Western Amateur
Winner: NCAA New Haven Regional
If amateur golfers were drafted like young athletes are in other sports, Greaser could easily project to be the No. 1 overall pick. He’s a dynamic ballstriker and a charismatic kid who carries a steadfast belief in himself without going overboard. His wins at the Western and NCAA New Haven Regional, coupled with a made cut in the U.S. Open and a top five in the World Amateur Team Championship, highlighted a tremendous season.
Carlsbad, California/Pepperdine and North Carolina
Winner: Northeast Amateur
Semifinalist: U.S. Amateur
Winner: Valspar Collegiate
It’s been an adventurous year for Menante, who registered two big individual titles in the spring for Pepperdine before an awkward end to his season. Menante announced his transfer to North Carolina and then set a scoring record in winning the Northeast Am — he later went on a magical run to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur where only a red-hot Sam Bennett could take him down.
Winner: NCAA Championship
Winner: Mossy Oak Collegiate
Palmer Cup Team USA 3-1 Record
The theme of the year was how many relatively inexperienced amateurs introduced themselves on the national stage with standout performances. Sargent is a prime example given that he won an NCAA title as a freshman — the first to do so since Southern Cal’s Jamie Lovemark in 2007 — and recorded an impressive 3-1 record in the Palmer Cup. He also had important top-five finishes in the Northeast Am, SEC Championship, Linger Longer Invitational and NCAA Palm Beach Regional.
WINNER: JAPAN OPEN (PRO)
Winner: Panasonic Open (Pro)
Runner-Up: World Amateur Team Championship
There’s a debate to be had about the amount of points awarded to amateurs through pro events, but Semikawa has turned heads by being the first amateur in 95 years to win the Japan Open. He also captured another Japan Tour event and finished one stroke back in the World Amateur Team Championship. Semikawa rose to No. 1, replacing his countryman Keita Nakajima as the leading Japanese amateur.
Top 5: Travelers Championship (Pro)
Winner: Fighting Illini Invite
Runner-Up: Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio
Thorbjornsen is an undeniable talent, the type of physically gifted ballstriker who could become a prominent PGA Tour player. He showed that by almost winning the Travelers Championship, making Thor the first amateur this century to finish in the top 10 of a tour event that had a strength of field of at least 400 in the OWGR. He also had a top-tier college win, six top-20 finishes in the spring semester and was competitive in the U.S. Am, Western Am and World Amateur Team Championship.
Low Am: U.S. Open (Pro)
Semifinalist: Western Amateur
NCAA Team Championship: 2-1 Match Play Record
Vick was the emotional center of Texas winning the national championship, and he also had two huge accomplishments in being low am in the U.S. Open and a semifinalist in the Western Am. Vick also registered five top-10 finishes in the spring semester and reached match play in the U.S. Amateur.
Winner: Florida Gators Invitational
Co-Winner: The Calusa Cup
Palmer Cup International Team: 2-0-2 Record
Winner: Asia-Pacific Amateur
Winner: Australia Master of the Amateurs
Winner: Golf Challenge NSW Open (Pro)
Peachtree Corners, Georgia/North Carolina
Winner: Southern Amateur
Winner: Stephens Cup
Top 5: NCAA Championship
Little Silver, New Jersey/Oklahoma
Winner: Haskins Award
Winner: Puerto Rico Invitational
Winner: Lytham Trophy
Winner: Spanish Amateur
Semifinalist: The Amateur
Winner: Sunnehanna Amateur
Top 5: Northeast Amateur
Top 5: Southern Amateur
Winner: St. Andrews Links Trophy
Winner: Australian Amateur
Round of 16: Western Amateur
Winner: Trans-Miss Amateur
Runner-Up: NCAA Bryan Regional
Winner: Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio
Winner: Mason Rudolph Championship
Quarterfinals: Western Amateur
Indian Trail, North Carolina/Tennessee
Winner: Elite Amateur Golf Series
Winner: Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Winner: Terra Cotta Invitational