Jon Curran wins NGA Tour Player of the Year, other news and notes from around the program.
Competed in all 12 tournaments... Finished at two-over (215) in a tie for 58th place at the NCAA East Regional at the Council Fire Golf Club (out of 141 golfers).... Shot an even-par 72 in the final round of the Southeastern Conference Championship... Finished in 13th with an even-par 216 total at the 2008 Bank of America Intercollegiate hosted at the Reunion Golf and Country Club... Named Southeastern Conference Male Golfer of the Week in March after a victory and two runner-up finishes... Second place in the Furman Intercollegiate in March... Tied for second at the Kauai Collegiate Cup as the Commodores won the team event... Earned his first career medalist honors at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee... Finished in a tie for fourth place as the Commodores came in second at the WCU Intercollegiate... Tied for 18th place at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate... Invited to the Western Refining All-American Classic in El Paso, Texas, where he finished 11th in a stellar field of 28 golfers with a three-under 210.
Became the third Commodore to earn All-America honors after placing eighth in the 2007 NCAA Championships at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.... Curran's four-under 276 marked his seventh tournament at-or-below par and included the second-best round ever shot by a Commodore, a six-under 64... Helped lead Vanderbilt to its third NCAA Championship berth with a second-place finish in the NCAA West Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.... His 15-under 201 marked the best three-round total by a Commodore outside of the Vanderbilt Legends Club (second overall to PGA professional Brandt Snedeker's 198 at the 2002 Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate)... Tied for ninth at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Championship in Sea Island, Ga.... Earned second-team All-SEC honors... Led the Commodores in scoring on five occasions during the season... Totaled nine Top-20 finishes in 12 team events, including seven Top 10's and three Top 5's.
Played in all 10 team events as a freshman in the No. 2 position behind All-American Luke List... Posted six Top-20 finishes in his first year of collegiate golf, including two Top 10's and one Top 5... Best performance of the season came at the 2005 Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, where he shot a four-under 212 to place second behind his teammate, List... Also came in under-par at the 2006 Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate, shooting a three-day total of 215 on the par-72 MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, N.C.... Finished in a tie for 10th in his first collegiate event, shooting an eight-over 221 at the 2005 Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio.
Ranked in the Top 20 of the Golfweek/Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking presented by Titleist... Advanced to the second round of the 2007 United States Amateur at the Olympic Club in San Francisco... Tied for third at the 2007 Monroe Invitational in Monroe, N.Y., after shooting a four-under 276... Opened 2007 with a third-place finish in a strong 109-player field at the 81st-annual New Year's Invitational in St. Petersburg, Fla., shootthing a 10-under 278 in the four-day event... Placed 11th at the Western Refining All-American Invitational with a 2-under 213...Shot an 11-under 269 to place in a tie for fifth place in the 2007 Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club... Finished in a tie for ninth place at the 2005 Players Amateur at Belfair with a four-under 284... Placed fourth at the 47th Porter Cup with an eight-under 270... Finished 11th at the 2005 Rice Planters Amateur in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.... Tied for 11th place at the 2004 Northeast Amateur in Rumford, R.I.
Four-year varsity starter for Hopkinton... Three-year team captain for the Hillers... Helped lead his team to Massachusetts State Tournament titles during his freshman and senior seasons... Also captured individual state titles in 2001 and 2004... Named Hopkinton's Most Valuable Player following the 2004 campaign... Earned Christopher Cutler Rich MGA Junior Player of the Year three times (2002, 2003 and 2004)... Ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek junior rankings in his senior year of high school... Fired a course-record 66 at Kettle Brook Golf Course en route to medalist honors at U.S. Junior Qualifying... A 2004 semifinalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur at the Olympic Club... Captured medalist honors at the 2004 Scott Robertson Memorial in Roanoke, Va., shooting a tournament-record 12-under-par over 54 holes... Won three AJGA national events, including tournaments in Hartford, Conn., and Batavia, Ohio... Represented the east as a member of the 2003 Canon Cup team... Named a Polo All-American three times.
Jonathan Lynch Curran... Born Feb. 17, 1987... Son of Kathleen and Peter Curran... Has one older sister, Jessica, who ran track at the University of Massachusetts... Majoring in human and organizational development.