Mark H. McCormack Medal

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The Mark H. McCormack Medal is presented annually by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after the last 'elite' event of the season. The award is named after World Golf Hall of Famer Mark McCormack, who was an avid supporter of golf and the founder of IMG.[1]

In 2011, New Zealand's Lydia Ko was awarded the first ever women's Mark H. McCormack Medal,[2] a trophy she retained in 2012[3] and 2013.

Beginning in 2012, the previous year's men's winner receives an invitation to both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship provided he remains an amateur.[4][5]

Winners

Men

The medal is awarded to the male player ranked number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking the week after the U.S. Amateur or the European Amateur whichever finishes last.

Year Winner Country
2017 Joaquín Niemann[6]  Chile
2016 Maverick McNealy[7]  United States
2015 Jon Rahm[8]  Spain
2014 Oliver Schniederjans[9]  United States
2013 Matthew Fitzpatrick  England
2012 Chris Williams  United States
2011 Patrick Cantlay  United States
2010 Peter Uihlein  United States
2009 Nick Taylor  Canada
2008 Danny Lee  New Zealand
2007 Colt Knost  United States

Women

The medal is awarded to the female player ranked number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking the week after the U.S. Women's Amateur, the last elite women's WAGR event of the season.

Year Winner Country
2017 Leona Maguire[10]  Ireland
2016 Leona Maguire[11]  Ireland
2015 Leona Maguire[12]  Ireland
2014 Minjee Lee[13]  Australia
2013 Lydia Ko  New Zealand
2012 Lydia Ko  New Zealand
2011 Lydia Ko  New Zealand

References

  1. ^ R&A Introduces the Mark H. McCormack Medal
  2. ^ Ko awarded first ever women's Mark H. McCormack Medal
  3. ^ Lydia Ko wins Mark H McCormack medal as leading Women's WAGR player
  4. ^ Amateur Champion awarded place in U.S. Open
  5. ^ R&A announces changes to Open entry criteria Archived 2011-12-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Chile's Joaquin Niemann Wins 2017 McCormack Medal". USGA. 24 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Romine, Brentley (24 August 2016). "Stanford's Maverick McNealy wins Mark H. McCormack Medal as world's top amateur". Golfweek. 
  8. ^ "Rahm-Rodriguez, Maguire Win McCormack Medals". USGA. 26 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Schniederjans Wins McCormack Medal As World's Leading Amateur". USGA. 28 August 2014. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Leona Maguire wins Mark H McCormack Medal for third consecutive year". World Amateur Golf Ranking. 16 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Leona Maguire wins Mark H McCormack Medal for second year in a row". R&A. 15 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Leona Maguire wins Mark H McCormack Medal as leading Women's Amateur". R&A. 20 August 2015. Archived from the original on 29 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lee Wins McCormack Medal As Leading Amateur". USGA. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. 
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