June 22, 2013
On Saturday, former Tennessee men's golfer Garrick Porteous won the 118th British Amateur Championship.
Porteous navigated brutal conditions at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, England to defeat Finland native Toni Hakula (6&5). Hakula was a member of the University of Texas men's golf team that won the 2012 NCAA National Championship.
The victory secures Porteous a spot in the 2013 British Open, the 2014 Masters, and the 2014 U.S. Open.
Porteous' 2013 Amateur Championship will go down as one of the greatest accomplishments in Tennessee men's golf history. The victory is akin to Jim Gallagher's Tour Championship and his selection to the 1993 Ryder Cup team and 1994 Presidents Cup team.
Immediately following the victory, Tennessee men's golf coach Jim Kelson released this statement:
"The entire Tennessee golf family is thrilled for Garrick. This accomplishment was a result of years of hard work that Garrick put forth, especially during his time at Tennessee. It was also the result of a great deal of perseverance. Garrick utilized all of the opportunities afforded to him during his time at The University of Tennessee. By taking advantage of these opportunities, his game developed steadily."
"Perhaps most importantly, Garrick is a very fine, humble young man that comes from great parents. It is always a pleasure to see these types of people win. In my opinion, his parent's played a huge role in this win. He was raised to be a very mature, self -reliant young man and I think this was without a doubt perhaps the most important factor in Garrick's overall development."
"On behalf of everyone associated with our program, we wish Garrick a great deal of success as he embarks on all the opportunities that will be forthcoming as a result of capturing this prestigious championship."