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Best of 2021: Best Amateur Golf Stories of the Year (Including Amazing Race)

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(Editor’s note: For the final days of 2021, we’ve been offering a snapshot of the top 10 stories from each of the most popular sections of Golfweek, including travel, PGA and LPGA tours, instruction, and gear. This is what we have already told. But when it came to the best amateur moments of the year, we brought in our friends from AmateurGolf.com to help us with the list. Featured site is a partner about him Golf week/AmateurGolf.com player rankings for men, women and average fans.)

After the game shut down along with the world around it in 2020, golf returned with a roar in 2021, with fans offering up some indelible moments that are sure to stand the test of time.

Who will forget Megha Ganne’s memorable career at the US Women’s Open at the Olympic Club? Stanford’s Rachel Heck announced her presence on the college scene by winning six consecutive tournaments as a freshman, including the NCAA individual championship. Gene Elliott won senior majors on two continents, Cinderella found her slipper in a castle at the Westchester Country Club while Michael Thorbjornsen and Matt Parziale duel for all ages in the Massachusetts State Amateur final.

Here are the top five amateur golf moments of the year (see the bottom of the list for a link to AmateurGolf.com’s top 20 full moments):

Gene Elliott wins two majors on both sides of the pond

2021 Senior US Fan

Gene Elliott hugs his caddy by defeating Jerry Gunthorpe to win the 2021 US Senior Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Photo by Jeff Haynes / USGA

After three near misses and five days in quarantine, Gene Elliott won the R&A Senior Amateur Championship, defeating Northern Ireland’s David Mulholland in one fell swoop at the venerable Ganton Golf Club. Less than a month later, the world’s top-ranked veteran won his first USGA championship when he beat Jerry Gunthorpe to win the 66th US Senior Fan at the Detroit Country Club.

Megha Ganne thrills the crowd at the US Women’s Open at the Olympics

2021 US Female Fan

2021 US Female Fan

Megha Ganne, from Holmdel, NJ, competes in the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship at the Westchester Country Club on August 2, 2021. Photo by Peter Carr / The Journal News

Amateur Megha Ganne’s first round 68 gave the 17-year-old from Holmdel, NJ, a share of the first-round lead at the U.S. Open Women’s Open in June at the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Ganne played in the final group on Sunday alongside Lexi Thompson and eventual champion Yuka Saso and while she was out of contention early in the round, she capped off a dream week by winning low fan honors and winning the hearts of the crowd. at Olympic.

USA wins Walker Cup at historic Seminole Golf Club

The Walker Cup - Día 2

The Walker Cup – Día 2

Members of Team USA react during Sunday singles matches on the second day of the Walker Cup at Seminole Golf Club on May 9, 2021 in Juno Beach, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images)

Team USA had more to contend with Team Great Britain and Ireland at the 48th Walker Cup held at the esteemed Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. With both teams afflicted with a nasty stomach ailment, the United States led by just one point entering the 10 singles session on Sunday, but won that decisive final session, 5½-4½, to complete a two-point victory, 14- 12. Ricky Castillo, a Florida sophomore from Yorba Linda, California, led the Americans by earning four points. Cypress Point will host the Walker Cup when it returns to US soil in 2025.

One year old devil

2021 US Female Fan

2021 US Female Fan

Rachel Heck lands on the 10th hole during the first round of stroke play at the 2021 US Women’s Amateur at Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY on Monday, August 2, 2021 (Darren Carroll / USGA).

Stanford freshman Rachel Heck went from wire to wire to win the NCAA Singles Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale for her sixth win of the season. The ANNIKA award winner became the third player in Division I history to win a conference championship (PAC-12), an NCAA Regional Championship, and the NCAA Championship in succession. She is only the ninth freshman in NCAA history to win the individual championship.

History Made at Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Best of 2021: Best Amateur Golf Stories of the Year (Including Amazing Race)

Tsubasa Kajitani of Japan celebrates with the winner’s cup after the Augusta National Women’s Amateur final round at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)

A week before Hideki Matsuyama’s victory at the Masters, 17-year-old Tsubasa Kajitani beat Wake Forest’s Emilia Migliaccio to claim the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, becoming the first Japanese player to win at the famous course.

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