Georgia's Lee McCoy Named Amateur of the Month by the Southern Golf Association
13 Apr 2016
by Southern Golf Association

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Lee McCoy
Lee McCoy

BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 13, 2016)--The name McCoy continues to resonate amongst the fields of amateur golf as Lee McCoy, no relation to 2013 USGA Mid- Amateur Champion Mike McCoy, had an outstanding month of competition to be selected SGA Amateur of the Month (March) by the Southern Golf Association (SGA) selection committee.

McCoy, of Cartersville, Georgia, was the near- unanimous selection after strong showings in the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour, the Southern Intercollegiate Championship, and at the Linger Longer Invitational.

McCoy posted a four-round total of 280 (-4), to finish in 4th place behind play-off winner Charles Swartzel (-7). This accomplishment was the best amateur finish in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since Justin Rose in 1998 at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and only the fifth time that an amateur has finished in the top five in a Tour event since Phil Mickelson won the Northern Telecom Open in 1991. The most recent top five finish prior to McCoy's came at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open when Jon Rahm finished T5.

After making the cut, McCoy posted the best score of the day with a 66 and went on to post a 69 on Sunday, while paired with then World #1, Jordan Spieth, who finished the round with 73. All in all a performance anyone in the field would have been proud of, and certainly this senior at the University of Georgia.

Immediately following play, Lee drove over seven hours from Tampa back to Athens where he joined his Bulldog teammates on Monday for the 36 hole Southern Intercollegiate, where he finished tied for 7th individually and helped his team win by three shots over Arkansas. Sound fatiguing? It was, but McCoy's saving grace was that, because it was two rounds in a single day, players were allowed to get around the course using carts.

After a few days of rest, McCoy was off to Reynolds on Lake Oconee for the Linger Longer Invitational, which annually boasts one of the strongest intercollegiate fields and 2016 was no exception. Lee posted a three day total of 207 (-9) to win the individual championship by one shot over Georgia teammate Sepp Straka. Despite the combined efforts of McCoy and Straka, Georgia finished T2 for the team championship.

Winners of the SGA’s March-through-October award are determined by a blue-ribbon national panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists. Formerly named the National Amateur of the Month Award, it is now simply known as the Amateur of the Month Award as it has reached international status with presentations to players all over the world.

The SGA supports amateur golf at the highest level, including staging of the storied Southern Amateur, which will be played for the 110th time in July at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as the 44th Southern Junior Championship in June at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.

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