AGC Silicon Valley Am: Morikawa and Donnelly Claim Titles
Cal Bear Collin Morikawa with the Golden Bear
Cal Bear Collin Morikawa with the Golden Bear

MORGAN HILL, California (January 17, 2016) --Collin Morikawa showed why he's the reigning Trans-Miss Amateur champion, firing his second straight round of 69 in wet and cold conditions at the difficult Coyote Creek Tournament Course.

Morikawa trailed first round leaders Travis Rowney and Walker Huddy by a shot heading into the round and was the only player in the final group to break par.

The Cal Berkeley freshman from La Canada Flintridge, Calif. credited his straight driving and excellent chipping around the greens as keys to his success.

"It’s always great to come out with a win," said Morikawa, spoken as someone who's had this satisfaction once or twice before.

Daniel Connelly of San Francisco, Calif. took solo second honors, also firing an impressive 69. The high school senior is a past AGC Christmas Classic champion and will be attending SMU in the fall.

The low Mid-Am golfer 25-years and over was Robby Salomon. The 2015 U.S. Amateur match play qualifier fired rounds 70 and 77 to take the honor along with a top 15 overall finish.


As we promised it would, the senior division produced a great battle between Steve Donnelly and Jeff Britton. Donnelly edged Britton by one shot in the first round but Britton's final round 76 nicked Donnelly by a shot, forcing a playoff. After tying the first playoff hole, Donnelly found the green and two-putts were enough to take the title.

Abi Vickram squeezed out a victory in Net Division by one shot over Scott Carelli. Vickram had a sizable lead after round one which he watched Carelli quickly diminish by the end of the front nine. Vickram remained unphased, shaking off a couple bad holes and getting the job done.

Results: AGC Silicon Valley Amateur
1CACollin MorikawaLa Cañada Flintridge, CA15069-69=138
2CADaniel ConnollySan Francisco, CA10072-69=141
T3CAEvan KnightNovato, CA5070-72=142
T3ThailandK.K. LimbhasutThailand5072-70=142
5CAHunter RappleyeElk Grove, CA5072-71=143

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ABOUT THE AGC Silicon Valley Amateur


The Silicon Valley Amateur is the first AmateurGolf.com tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a MAJOR champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won the 2016 title. Just over 4 years later, he won the PGA Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Rising PGA Tour star Max Homa also won the Silicon Valley Amateur in 2011.

Related: The road to PGA stardom for Homa and Morikawa went through the Silicon Valley Amateur

2021 marked the announcement of Baylands Golf Links as the tournament's new host venue. And wow, did players enjoy it. It's location in Palo Alto is fitting -- as the original garage where Hewlett Packard was founded is located there, and today's biggest tech companies dot the area map like the Canadian Geese on the fairways and wetlands near Baylands in the winter. Like Corica Park in Alameda, Baylands was recently completely redesigned as a new course from the dirt up, under the hand of architect Forrest Richardson, and the results are stunning.

This is a gross competition with Championship, Senior and Women's divisions. There will be no Net division.

For players age 25- 49. Compete alongside the younger players in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid-Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

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