June 21st, 2013

Catching up with former St. X golfer Justin Thomas

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer


Catching up with former St. X golfer Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas, third from right, with his National Champion teammates from Alabama / photo from alabama.edu

Former St. Xavier golfer Justin Thomas won the KHSAA Leachman Buick State Golf Championship as a junior in 2009, helping him to earn the title as Kentucky’s Mr. Golf. Thomas returned to the state tournament his senior year and placed third. He also won two team state titles in 2008 and 2009.

Outside of the KHSAA golf season, Thomas won 2.5 out of 3 possible points in the Junior Ryder Cup in 2009. And that fall, Thomas became the third youngest player to make a PGA tournament cut at the Wyndam Championship at the age of 16 years, 3 months and 24 days.  

Now Thomas is swinging his clubs at the University of Alabama while continuing to add more accolades to his growing list of accomplishments.

Alabama defeated Illinois 4-1 for its first-ever NCAA Golf Title in 2013. Though Thomas was defeated 1-up by the Illini’s Thomas Pierters in the NCAA tournament, he still picked up numerous awards along the way as the Crimson Tide’s number one golfer.

As a sophomore he was named a Golfweek First Team All-American and a member of the SEC first team, the second year in a row he has been named to these teams.

This weekend Thomas is playing in the PGA Travelers Championship. He survived the cut Friday after shooting a 66 to finish at two under par after the first two rounds. In July, Thomas will participate in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

Thomas started his career at Alabama by winning his first four events. At season’s end, he wounded up garnering a school record four medals, placed in the top ten at nine events, won the SEC Championship and the Athens Regional, and set the school record with a stroke average of a 70.44 in 36 rounds at 12 events.

And the hardware came in too. Thomas collected the Haskins Award, the Jack Nicklaus Award (National Player of the Year), and the Phil Mickelson Award (Freshman of the Year). He’s the first Crimson Tide to ever win those awards.

He was also named the Southeastern Conference Player and Freshman of the Year, a Golfweek First Team All-American, and a member of the All-SEC Team.

 

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