Burke Alford uses stellar final eleven holes to win the Magnolia Amateur
03 Jul 2024
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

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Burke Alford (Magnolia Amateur Photo)
Burke Alford (Magnolia Amateur Photo)

Burke Alford finished strong to chase down the field late and win the 2024 Magnolia Amateur at Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Alford carded rounds of 68-68-67 to finish 10-under and win by one shot over Michael Crocker. Crocker finished 9-under and in solo second place with rounds of 68-69-67.

The Shreveport, La., native and rising senior at Louisiana Lafayette started the day two shots back of Chase Gullikson, who was in solo first place after 36 holes at 8-under, and Alford was three shots off the lead, standing on the No. 8 tee after making six pars and a bogey on No. 7.

He then caught fire, birding holes No. 8, 9, 13, 14, and 17 to win the championship by one shot. 

Alford stayed out of any trouble this week, recording 12 birdies and only two bogeys. On the final hole, Alford hit his drive into the trees but was able to get up and down for par from what he would call afterward "the best shot of his life," according to the Magnolia Amateur.

He would two-putt for par after putting his approach shot to 20 feet from 200 yards out and over water.

Crocker finished in solo second place at 9-under, and Gullikson, Cam Smith, James Hassell, and Matt Fast all finished T3 at 8-under. Andrew Tan, Jack Gilbert, and Jake Springer all finished T7 at 7-under.

Alford is currently ranked No. 510 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com U.S. Rankings.

This was the strongest field for the Magnolia Amateur since its inception, with tournament records being set in the team competition. James Hassell and Chase Gullikson both finished T3 at 8 under to lead a four-shot victory for South Florida in the team competition over TCU, who finished in solo second place at 12-under.

Matt Fast captured the Mid-Amateur trophy, finishing 8-under with a final round 6-under 65.

Alford put together a solid junior season for the Ragin Cajuns, playing in 36 tournament rounds with a stroke average of 74.14 and recording three top-20 finishes and one top-ten finish.

1LABurke AlfordShreveport, LA30068-68-67=203
2ALMichael CrockerMobile, AL20068-69-67=204
T3MSMatt FastHattiesburg, MS10069-71-65=205
T3FLJames HassellVero Beach, FL10069-67-69=205
T3GACamden SmithSandy Springs, GA10070-65-70=205

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The Magnolia Amateur is a limited field event of 156 players consisting of a collegiate division and a mid-amateur division. The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes of competition has been completed. The overall champion may come from either division, with the competition taking place over 3 days and 54 holes.

Along with the individual tournament, there is a college team competition that will be based on the combined scores of two players on the same team over the 3 rounds.

It is an exclusive amateur tournament, where players are reviewed and accepted by the Tournament Committee.

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