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Amateur Golfers with Breakout Potential in 2024

Amateur Golfers with Breakout Potential in 2024

Every new year presents an opportunity for a budding star to break through the ranks and shine globally. Top amateur golfers have been burning the midnight oil, trying to improve their game to an elite level that can see them join professional tours in 2024. In 2023, we witnessed the transformation of Ludvig Aberg and Rose Zhang from being the world’s top amateurs to remarkable first seasons on tour. As 2024 takes off, we equally have ripe amateur talent who stand a chance to stardom at the elite level this year. Below, we look at ten stars worth watching in 2024.

Top 10 Amateurs That Could Blow Up in 2024

Gordon Sargent

World number one amateur Gordon Sargent is one of the most fascinating golf talents to watch in 2024. The Vanderbilt University talisman has been teeing it off since age nine, and this year, he will grace the PGA TOUR, having earned his spot via the Accelerated program. Sargent has succeeded significantly, winning the NCAA Division I Individual Championship in 2022 and qualifying for the Masters and U.S. Open in 2023.

Ingrid Lindblad

Swedish female golfer Ingrid Lindblad holds the forte in the world amateur golf rankings’ women’s category. Some of Lindblad’s triumphs include winning the 2021 European Ladies Amateur, the SEC Women’s Individual Championship in 2022, and the Mark H. McCormack Medal in 2023. She has already qualified for the 2024 Women’s British Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

Christo Lamprecht

South Africa is a renowned breeding ground for golf talent, and skilled amateur Christo Lamprecht may be the next breakout star from these soils. The 6-foot-8 Georgia Tech senior ranks second on the WAGR and won the 2023 Amateur Championship, becoming the third South African in six years. In 2024, the golfer will seek to prove his worth when he tees it off at the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open.

Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio

Spanish amateur golfer Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio is another potential breakout star in 2024. The second-ranked 19-year-old female amateur has recorded a meteoric rise in her golf career, winning the European Girls’ Team Championship and Junior Solheim Cup in 2021 and the Junior Golf World Cup and World Junior Girls Championship in 2022. This year, we could see Cayetana hit the big league.

Nick Dunlap

With a point average of 1249.8168, Nick Dunlap is the third-ranked male amateur golfer, boasting five wins and 16 top-10 finishes. The 6-foot-3 University of Alabama sophomore had a successful 2023, winning the U.S. Amateur and North & South Amateur Championships and qualifying for the U.S. Open. 2024 will see Dunlap put in more work as he seeks to burst into the pro level.