BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — University of Texas freshman Scottie Scheffler won two noted college tournament s and finished second in another during April to capture the SGA National Amateur of the Month award. Scheffler’s selection marked the first time in the 13-year history of the award that two different players on the same college golf team won in back-to-back months. UT’s Beau Hossler had won the March award with a victory and a second in college tournaments. The March-October award, sponsored by the Southern Golf Association, salutes top performances by the nation's amateurs of any age or gender.
March Winner: Beau Hossler
Scheffler sealed the April award late in the month by winning the Big 12 Conference individual title, his second title in April to go with a runnerup finish. Scheffler won the Big 12 title at Southern Hills in Tulsa, by two shots over teammate Gavin Hall with an even-par 280 total. He led Texas to its third straight Big 12 team title.
Earlier in April, Scheffler won the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo GC in Santa Cruz CA by three shots with a 9-under 201 total. The week before that, he finished second in the Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills GC in Georgia.
There have been two previous back-to-back winners of the award. Current PGA Tour star Ryan Moore won in consecutive months in 2004 while playing at UNLV. Alabama’s Justin Thomas, also now a PGA Tour player, won back-to-back in 2012.
The monthly winner is selected by a blue-ribbon national panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists. In addition to the award, the SGA supports amateur golf by running three notable annual tournaments, headed by the storied Southern Amateur, set to be played this year at Mississippi's Old Waverly Club in July.