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.
ABOUT THE AGC Silicon Valley Amateur
The Silicon Valley Amateur is the first
tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a
champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won
2016 title. Just over 4 years later, he won the PGA
Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park
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
like the Canadian Geese on the fairways and
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,
the results are stunning.
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