AmateurGolf.com's Players of the Month: April 2022
01 May 2022
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com
The month of April saw two teenagers introduce themselves on the world's stage while a pair of collegians strengthened their No. 1 positions in the world rankings.
With the return of Pierceson Coody, the Texas Longhorns are finally firing on all cylinders and we went down under to find a Scot who rode a wave of momentum into a top-five finish in a professional event.
Oh, and our captain for the 2023 Walker Cup Match can flat out play.
Here's a look at the players who caught our eye during the month of April.
AmateurGolf.com's Players of the Month for April, 2022
After missing a significant portion of the season due to injury, Coody won his first event upon returning to Texas' lineup, capturing the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational
at Forest Hills Country Club in April with a three-round total of 17-under-par 199 (67-66-66), which was good for a six-stroke victory. Later in the month, he tied for second at the prestigious Western Intercollegiate
at Pasatiempo and finished 11th at the Big 12 Championships. With a clean bill of health, the Longhorns seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time of the year heading into NCAA Regionals.
Anna Davis, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, is making bucket hats cool again. Making her first appearance at the Augusta National Women's Amateur
, Davis became the youngest champion in the event's three-year history when she edged out Latanna Stone and Ingrid Lindblad for the title. The win earned her a sponsor's exemption into the inaugural Palos Verdes Championship where she delivered an eagle-birdie-par finish to make cut in her LPGA debut.
The Texas Tech junior played in three events in April, finishing sixth at the ASU Thunderbird and second at the Aggie Invitational before winning the individual title at the Big 12 Championships
, marking his fourth collegiate victory. The Swede's run solidified his No. 1 position in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Amateur Ranking
The LSU junior earns her second consecutive AG Player of the Month nod after finishing second at the Augusta National Women's Amateur and winning the individual title at the SEC Championships
with an eagle on the final hole. The top-ranked
female amateur in the world listed by Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com has won four-of-five spring events and five tournaments in total in the 2021-22 calendar year, adding to her school record of nine collegiate event victories.
Playing in his first big event since being named Team USA's captain for the 2023 Walker Cup Match, the former U.S. Mid-Amateur champion won the Florida Senior Amateur Championship
at Avila Golf and Country Club by two-strokes. He finished off the month with a second-place showing at the prestigious Coleman Invitational
at Seminole Golf Club, where he is a member.
The week after securing a win at the South Australian Amateur Classic, the 20-year-old holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Australian Amateur
and then closed out the month by tying for fifth at the Australian Tour's WA PGA Championship. "The floodgates have opened. I’m pretty confident on the course at the moment and I can just let loose,” McKinney said after his win at the Australian Amateur.
RATCHANON "TK" CHANTANANUWAT
The 15-year-old Thai teen recorded rounds of 63, 70, 70 and 65 to finish 20-under-par to win the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup by two shots, becoming the youngest male player to win one of the game's major tours. With the win, Chantananuwat bests the previous youngest winner mark which was held by Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, who was 15 years and eight months when he won the Japan's Tour 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.