When you look into the world of Amateur golf, many people say the most prestigious awards are the US Amateur and British Amateur Championships. And on a tournament level, this is 100 percent correct. However, when you get into the nitty gritty of amateur golf, you see the amount of events many of these amateurs play in.
Takumi is one of those guys. Since 2018, Kanaya has participated in 20 amateur and professional events. On the amateur side, he won the 2018 APAC Amateur Championship, and finished in 2nd place in the 2019 APAC and the 2018 Eisenhower Trophy. Kanaya also won the 2019 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Tour, his first “professional” win as an amateur. He’s even played in 2 major championships: the 2019 Masters, where he finished 58th, and the 2019 Open Championship, where he unfortunately missed the cut. He isalso in the field at Winged Foot next week, and now qualifies for both the 2021 US Open and Open Championships.
And even though we hype up many amateurs, winning the McCormack Medal has a significant backing. The list of former winners include Jon Rahm, Joaquin Niemann, Maverick McNealy, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Patrick Cantlay. Pretty impressive list to add your name to! So best of luck next week and in the future to Takumi Kanaya!