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31 Oct 2022
by Jim Young of

As college golf wraps up its fall season, six of our Players of the Month for October were at the top of their class -- and games -- during the first full month of the fall.

A young Aussie is headed to the Masters and the Open Championship after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur in Thailand and a Northern California Golf Association Hall of Famer added to her distinguished resume at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Country Club.

• • • • •'s Players of the Month for October 2022

The Aussie secured his trips to the Masters and Open Championship by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur in Thailand. Crowe held a two-stroke lead heading into the final round but fell three shots behind Bo Jin after he made the turn at 3-over par. However, four birdies in a five-hole span starting at No. 11 and a clutch up and down for par from the back of the 18th hole helped him to shoot even-par 72 and hang on for a one-shot victory with a 72-hole total of 13-under 275. Crowe had planned to turn pro after the event, but will stay amateur with his two major appearances on the horizon.

This is Crowe's second Player-of-the-Month honor of 2022, having also been recognized in January.

The sophomore from Castellon, Spain recorded her first two collegiate victories as a member of the Tulane Green Wave. Bernat drained seven birdies in the final round of the Ron Moore Collegiate in Denver en route to a 5-under 67 to finish at to finish 10-under for her first win as a collegian. Following a ninth-place finish at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, she strung together rounds of 70-73-65 to earn a share of first place with Moa Svedenskiold of Houston at the Jim West Challenge in San Marcos, Texas for her second win of the month.

It was quite a month for the sophomore from Peachtree Corners, Ga. After tying for sixth at the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational, Ford won the Jackson T. Stephens Cup at Seminole Golf Club with a 16-under-par 200, four shots ahead of Oklahoma State's Jonas Baumgartner. The left-hander made headlines in the second round when he ran off eight consecutive birdies on the famed course in Juno Beach, Fla. en route to shooting a 10-under 62. Ford wrapped up the month with a second-place finish at the Williams Cup, helping the Tar Heels to their third consecutive team title.

The 2021 U.S. Amateur champion led the resurgent Kentucky Wildcats to a pair of wins during October and picked up her first collegiate individual title in the process. Castle tied for fourth at the Illini Women's Invitational where she helped the Wildcats to their first team title in two seasons. She followed that performance with her first collegiate victory at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational, defeating Duke's Phoebe Brinker on the first playoff hole after both players tied at 7-under-par 209. Kentucky won the team title for its second win in as many weeks, taking out No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 10 in the process.

This Osprey flies under the radar at North Florida, but make no mistake about it, Nick Gabrelcik can hold his own with any player in the country. After opening the month with a second-place finish at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, the junior from Trinity, Fla. shared medalist honors at the Isleworth Collegiate with Auburn's Brendan Valdes. Gabrelcik then closed out the month with a second-place showing at the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate.

The senior from Gothenburg, Sweden carried the momentum from a second-place finish at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational to The Ally, where she won her second individual title of the season in cool and windy conditions at Old Waverly in West Point, Miss. Her three-round total of 3-under 203 (71-71-71) was good for a two-stroke win over SMU's Ellie Szeryk and helped the Rebels to the team title. Lignell closed out the month with a third-place finish at The Battle at the Beach in Cabo San Lucas.

After breaking through with his first collegiate victory at the Little Rock Invitational, the Southern Miss sophomore made it two in a row at the White Sands Bahamas Invitational, where he defeated Duke's Luke Sample in a playoff. He is the first Golden Eagle to win multiple tournaments in the same season since Casey Fernandez collected three during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Northern California Golf Association Hall of Famer already held the record for most California Women's Senior Amateur titles with seven, and now the Pebble Beach resident has set the record for most super senior titles as well. Towersey won her third California Women's Super Senior at Santa Maria Country Club.

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