Aug. 3, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Incoming Clemson freshman golfer Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, WA, has become one of the rare unanimous selections as the Southern Golf Association’s National Amateur of the Month. Stanley, 18, swept the selection panel votes with a remarkable July run in which he won two major amateur events finished third in two others.
Stanley won the Sahalee Players Championship in his Washington home state with a playoff eagle, then won the milestone 100th Southern Amateur Championship with a 9-under-par total at the demanding C.C. of Birmingham’s West Course. He added the third-place finishes in the Players Amateur in South Carolina and an AJGA major junior event at Bay Hill Club in Orlando.
The impressive showing moved young Stanley into the top ten of the Golfweek/Titleist amateur rankings. His victory in the Southern Amateur carries with it an invitation to compete in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill next March.
The March-through-October monthly SGA award is selected from among amateur performances throughout the U.S. in all age groups by a national blue-ribbon panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists. Earlier winners this year include Keven Fortin-Simard, Cameron Tringale, Brett Stegmaier, Jonathan Moore and Webb Simpson.
The 104-year-old Southern Golf Association promotes amateur golf in a variety of ways, including the staging of the prestigious Southern Amateur and the Southern Junior.
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