AmateurGolf.com Players of the Month: June 2022
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com
It’s obvious that fans didn’t wait for the first official day of summer to heat up their games.
Exceptional performances were put in by top colleagues at a PGA Tour event and Elite Amateur Series, a two-time USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion and super seniors who keep riding.
And what would a Player of the Month list be without Ingrid Lindblad?
Here are the seven amateurs who caught our attention during the month of June.
AmateurGolf.com Players of the Month for June 2022
The Stanford star qualified for the US Open at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., which is a half-hour drive from his hometown of Wellesley, Mass., and had the honor of hitting the first tee shot on a course made famous by fellow fancier, Francis Ouimet, in 1917. Thorbjornsen flirted with history the following week at the PGA Tour Travelers Championship, where he shot 15 under to finish fourth in solo , four behind winner Xander Schauffele. It was the best finish by an amateur on the PGA Tour since Lee McCoy’s fourth solo finish at the 2016 Valspar Championship.
It looks like the Swede has a permanent residency at our Player of the Month club. Lindblad was in contention at the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles before eventually being tied for 11th, taking amateur honors by eight strokes. Paired with her idol Annika Sorenstam for the first two rounds, Lindblad shot a 65-under in the first round, which was the lowest round ever by an amateur at the US Women’s Open. After her outstanding performance at Pine Needles, Lindblad advanced to the British Women’s Amateur Final 16 at Hunstanton Golf Club and then tied for 33rd in the LET/DP World Tour Scandinavian Mixed in her hometown of Halmstad, Sweden.
The rising University of Tennessee junior rose to the top of the Elite Amateur Series points standings by winning the Sunnehanna Amateur and finishing fourth the following week at the Northeast Amateur in Rumford, RI. Lewis took control of Sunnehanna on day one after shooting an impressive 64-under 6. He entered the final round with a three-stroke lead at 10-under, which turned out to be just enough from a cushion to earn a one-shot victory over Kelly Chinn and Maxwell Ford.
Despite now being eligible for Super Senior status, the 65-year-old Hanzel has continued to show he can still mix with the younger crowd. The Savannah, Georgia native won the National Senior Hall of Fame tournament at High Point (NC) Country Club by four strokes over Gene Elliott and Alan Peake. He also had a strong performance at the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational, where he tied for the lead early in the final round before eventually finishing third.
After finishing tied for 13th at Sunnehanna Amateur, Menante followed that up with a successful – and record-breaking – title defense at the Northeast Amateur. Posting rounds of 62-64-64-67 on the par-69 Donald Ross course at Wannamoisett Country Club, Menante walked away with tournament records for a margin of victory (9; tied with John Cook in 1979) and a low score after 36, 54 and 72 holes. Further proof of Menante’s dominance at Wannamoisett, Menante has gone 66 consecutive bogey-free holes dating back to the 2021 event and he’s made just four bogeys on the week against 23 birdies. The next closest competitor, Karl Vilips, made 18.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native won the super senior divisions of the National Senior Hall of Fame and the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational, leading his super senior major win streak to four since last year. In fact, Pearson is undefeated in the national super senior majors since turning 65 last year, when he won the National Senior Hall of Fame and Timuquana titles. He doesn’t travel as much as others in his age range, but when he does he tends to come home with gear.
Two-time USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion and Director of Member Services for the Indiana Golf Association, Potter-Bobb won the Women’s Southern Golf Association Mid-Amateur at Hunting Creek Country Club in Prospect, Ky., She returned home and three days later won the Indiana Women’s Golf Championship.