Former Junior Golfer Captures Professional Win

The Arkansas State Golf Association has had many junior golfers who have achieved tremendous success after their time with the ASGA. One of those players is Garrett May. Garrett is a two-time ASGA Junior Amateur Champion, who currently plays on the PGA Latinoamérica Tour. We caught up with Garrett after his recent win at Stonebriar Country Club on the Northern Texas PGA Players Tour. 

We asked Garrett about his time with the ASGA and how it prepared him for his future. 

“The ASGA helped me prepare for the future by giving me events to play in at various levels. From the ASGA Junior Amateur Championship to the Men’s Amateur, I always had something to prepare for and something that I wanted to win very badly. I won the Junior twice, but never the Men’s Am. Still to this day that’s a regret of mine.”

Following his time in the ASGA junior program, Garrett went to play at Baylor University where he racked up some impressive accolades. During his sophomore season at Baylor, Garrett helped the team reach their first-ever number one ranking in program history, first NCAA Regional title, and first NCAA Championship match-play berth. After a successful Sophomore campaign, Garrett showed great improvement heading into his final year at Baylor. During the 2017-2018 season, Garrett played in 12 events for the Bears, leading the team with 22 rounds at par or better, six top-10 finishes, and nine top-25 results. Garrett would also get his first individual collegiate victory at the Gopher Invitational where he finished 15-under-par and won by 11 strokes. His final round of 63 also tied a school record set in 1963 by Johnny Arreaga. Along with his victory at the Gopher Invitational, Garrett racked up 12 top-10 finishes which rank 10th in program history. His 72.16 stroke average over 93 rounds ranks eight in Baylor history. To top it all off, Garrett earned Golfweek All-America third-team honors in 2018. 

We asked Garrett about his time at Baylor and how he feels his game has evolved since leaving Waco. 

“Since college, I have definitely evolved. I have gotten much more mature and the standard of golf has gone up tremendously. From learning how to practice being around more pros to learning what it takes to compete and win at the pro level, my entire game has just sharpened and gotten better. I’m also spending much more time on my game. College is a lot of golf but you still have a lot of obligations such as class and the university, but now golf is my job so most of the time it is in the forefront of my mind. 

Over the course of his career at Baylor, Garrett showed vast improvement from year to year. We asked Garrett at what point did he feel like he could play at the pro level. 

“I knew that I could play professionally before college, but it was solidified in college. I had some success in high school that obviously got the attention of D1 schools so I knew that I had the ability to go pro, but it wasn’t until college where I played against and beat, people that I knew had a career in golf, such as Victor Hovland, Matthew Wolfe, and Collin Morikawa.”

Garrett now plays on the PGA Latinoamérica Tour which was created by the PGA in 2012. Garrett talked about his time so far on the Tour and his plans for 2021. 

“My time on the LAM has not been as great as I thought it would be with Covid really hindering opportunities. We played three events over eight months in 2020 where I couldn’t get in a rhythm and I missed every cut. I still have status in 2021 so I’m excited to play well in whatever events we can play in. I enjoy the travel, even though it is exotic and you have to be ready for anything to happen.”

The PGA Latinoamérica Tour recently announced the first two events in the 2021 season will be the Mexican Open which will be March 22-28 at Estrella del Mar Resort in Mazatlán, and the Banco Del Pacífico Open on May 10-16 at Quito Tenis and Golf Club, in Quito, Ecuador. We wish Garrett the best of luck as he prepares for the upcoming season.