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Former Alabama golfer and PGA Tour winner Nick Dunlap wins ASWA Amateur Athlete of the Year

JACKSONVILLE — Nick Dunlap, the former Alabama golfer who was the first amateur to win on the PGA Tour in over 30 years is the Alabama Sports Writers Association Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Dunlap was given the award during the ASWA summer conference banquet at JSU Stadium on Sunday. It was the same day that Dunlap finished tied for 12th in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

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Dunlap won the American Express Tournament back in January with a sponsorship exemption at 29-under par, earning a PGA Tour card for the 2024 season and earning spots in PGA Tour signature events and into Majors. He would turn professional later that week, leaving Alabama.

Dunlap had a decorated amateur career that saw him leave the ranks as the No. 1 amateur in the world. He won the U.S. Amateur last July after winning prestigious amateur events like the Northeast Amateur and North & South Amateur. He made the 2023 Walker Cup Team as well.

At Alabama he won two tournaments in just over a year and half tenure. He left has the leader in career overall stroke average, average vs. par across 15 tournaments. He was the No. 1 golfer in the collegiate ranks.

Dunlap is the only golfer other than Tiger Woods to win both the U.S. Amateur and the Junior Amateur. He will play in his second U.S. Open this week after qualifying for the 2023 U.S. Open.

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Former Alabama golfer Nick Dunlap wins ASWA Amateur Athlete of the Year