Braden Thornberry Named Southern Golf Association’s Amateur of the Month for June
BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 29, 2017) – Braden Thornberry, a 20-year-old rising junior at Ole Miss, has been named Amateur of the Month for June by the Southern Golf Association (SGA).
Thornberry, a native of Olive Branch, MS, continued the hot play in June following his victory at the Division I Men's Golf Individual National Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois back in May.
He began the month with a tie for fourth finish at the PGA TOUR FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN.
The following week, Thornberry won the Sunnehanna Amateur in Johnstown, PA in a three-hole aggregate playoff over defending champion Collin Morikawa of La Canada, CA.
Thornberry is currently the number one ranked amateur in the World according to Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and number three by the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Winners of the SGA’s monthly award are determined by a national panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists. Now in its 14th season, notable recipients have been Bill Haas, Michelle Wie, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, J. B. Holmes, Webb Simpson, Rhys Davies, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Fortin-Simard, Rickie Fowler, Danny Lee, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Alice Hewson, and more recently Lee McCoy & Aaron Wise.
The SGA supports amateur golf at the highest level, including staging of the storied Southern Amateur, as well as the Southern Junior Championship.
About the Southern Golf Association:
The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 14 state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis.