VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C.| In his fourth North & South Amateur appearance, Michael Cromie holed out for eagle from the fairway twice to capture the 114th North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 8.
Cromie, a native of nearby Cary, N.C., and an All-American at Georgia, defeated highly regarded amateur Corey Conners 4&3 in the championship round to become the first player in history to win both the North & South Junior Amateur (2007) and the North & South Men’s Amateur. Cromie completed his collegiate eligibility in May.
“I can’t put it into words,” said Cromie in a news release. “It’s just unbelievable. The history here in Pinehurst, especially after watching the Opens (recently), it’s just really hard to put into words how cool it is, how special it is, just how grateful I am that it was able to work out in my favor.”
The Men’s North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutive-running amateur golf championship in the United States. Over the past century, the best in the golf world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy trophy. The winners now serve as legends in the game — Francis Ouimet, Billy Joe Patton, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Davis Love III and Corey Pavin, among others — and continues to draw the best in amateur golf circles.