Golf fashion trends catch on quickly, especially when a player has success while sporting the hot, new fashion. Example A: the wearing of sunglasses upside down and backwards on a player’s hat.
With that logic, I wouldn’t be shocked to see more players sporting shaggy, platinum-blonde locks. Charley Hoffman, who won two weeks ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, trademarked the look. University of Central Florida junior Connor Arendell, who won his first collegiate title Sept. 12 at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, has a similar ’do.
Arendell, who’s often mistaken for the PGA Tour player, is putting together an impressive resume of his own. He’s made the Round of 16 at the past two U.S. Amateurs, a feat accomplished by just three players: Arendell, and the past two champions, Byeong-Hun An and Peter Uihlein.
Arendell shot 5-under 208 at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind., to finish four shots ahead of Ball State’s Eric Steger. Like Arendell, Steger has made match play at the past two Amateurs. Only 10 players have accomplished that feat, including many of the best in amateur golf.
Steger also made the final in each of the past two Indiana Match Play Championships, winning in 2009 and finishing second this year. He also won the 2009 Indiana Public Links and this year’s Indiana Amateur. Eric’s father, Scott, won the 1975 Indiana Am, making them the first father and son to win the title.
Steger led the Cardinals to a surprising, but impressive, finish at Wolf Run. Steger’s Cardinals and Arendell’s Knights tied for second at 26 over par, 19 shots behind Illinois.
Among the teams that Ball State and UCF beat were North Florida, No. 27 in Golfweek’s preseason rankings, and No. 30 Michigan. Ball State was No. 153 in last season’s Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, while UCF was ranked 46th.