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 tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a MAJOR champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won the 2016 title. Just over four years later, he won the PGA Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Multiple PGA Tour star and Morikawa's fellow 2023 USA Ryder Cup team member Max Homa also won the Silicon Valley Amateur in 2011.

For 2024, the tournament is moving to a new venue -- Stanford University Golf Course. Tournament players will relish competing at a course normally reserved for university students and faculty. Please note that we will play on Monday and Tuesday, and expect this event will fill very quickly.

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


For players aged 16 and over who have a USGA or equivalent index of less than 5.5

For players age 50 and over (as of the tournament date) with a handicap index of less than 8.0. Note: Must be 55 and over for NCGA Senior Points.

MID-AM (subdivision of Championship)
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 six Mid-Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

SUPER SENIORS (subdivision of Senior)
For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger senior players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least six players 65 or over, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

WOMEN (subdivision of Championship)
Will play in the Championship Division but from a shorter tee. If there are at least six women in the field, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

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