AmateurGolf.com Players of the Month: January 2022
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com
The new year is off to a quick start, with record performances, champions being crowned around the world, and the collegiate season in full swing. At AmateurGolf.com, we prioritize quick starts, as we launch our first-ever Players of the Month, which we plan to do monthly in 2022 and beyond.
In this first list, we come back to the players who shone the most in January.
AmateurGolf.com Players of the Month for January 2022
You’d be hard pressed to find another amateur who had a better January than the New South Wales native, who won the Australian Master of the Amateurs and the New South Wales Amateur in two weeks. Crowe went wire to wire to win the Master of the Amateurs with a 282 6 under Victoria Golf Club, then lifted the trophy at the New South Wales Amateur two weeks later with a 6 and 4 win over Jye Halls at Links. Shellcove, just an hour from Sydney.
MATEO FERNANDEZ de OLIVEIRA
The Arkansas Razorback and Argentina native has been a busy golfer in January, winning the South American Amateur in Quito, Ecuador on Jan. 15 and then a week later finishing tied for second in the Latin American Amateur Championship in the Dominican Republic. No rest for the weary, Mateo then took a late flight from the Dominican Republic to Tucson, Arizona to compete in the Arizona Intercollegiate and without playing a practice round finished tied for 10th at 7- under 209 on rounds of 70-71-68.
The Cayman Islands flag will fly proudly at the Masters, the British Open in St. Andrews, as well as the US and UK Amateur Championships after the UNLV rookie won the Latin American Amateur Championship at the designed Teeth of the Dog by Pete Dye. in the Dominican Republic. Jarvis, ranked 1669th in the WAGR, birdied the last hole for a one-shot win.
The 15-year-old from Henderson, Nevada made two eagles en route to a final-round 69 to tie with 36-hole leader Anna Davis late in regulation at the ANNIKA Invitational and then on the first hole of the playoffs, slam- dove a 75-yard corner for his third eagle of the day to close out the victory for his second AJGA title. The tournament was fittingly held at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
On his AmateurGolf.com profile, the 55-year-old cites as his greatest achievement winning the Triple Crown of Michigan amateur tournaments in 2000: the Michigan Amateur Championship, the Golf Association of Michigan and the Golf Association of Michigan Mid-Amateur. . Playing his first full year as a senior, Vandenberg continues to rack up the accomplishments, winning the Heron Creek Invitational, finishing third at the Gateway Senior, posting two more top 15s to quickly take the lead in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Player points race. the year.
The Arizona State junior successfully defended his individual title at the Southwestern Invitational held at the North Ranch Country Club. With his two-stroke win over Wake Forest’s Michael Brennan and teammate Cameron Sisk, Puig became Southwestern’s first-ever consecutive winner, and only the fourth player to win multiple Southwestern titles. The win was his third overall as a middle schooler. The Spaniard had eight birdies and an eagle en route to a final round 65, which was just one shot away from the tournament record. Arizona State finished 30-under 834, setting the tournament record for the 54-hole event to earn a 13-stroke win over host Pepperdine.
SEAN KARL DOBSON
Admittedly, this one hits close to home and it’s only fitting that it crowns our list of outstanding performers in the month of January. After opening the AmateurGolf.com Silicon Valley Classic with a course record 62 at Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto, Calif., Dobson closed the door to the title in the shadow of Stanford University, where the native of Austin, Texas, will play his college golf. from next fall. Dobson joins a list of former champions that includes PGA TOUR stars Max Homa and Collin Morikawa.