Hal SuttonCentenary College Golf – 1980 Corbett Award Winner
Hal Sutton, “Collegiate Golfer of the Year” and a young man who, in the words of his coach, Floyd Horgen, “dominated college and amateur golf like it hasn’t been dominated for a long time,” reigns as the 1980 winner of the Sugar Bowl’s Corbett Memorial Award as the top amateur athlete in the State of Louisiana.
A three-time All-American golfer at Centenary College, Sutton won 14 individual titles, including a string of four his senior year, covering medalist honors at the Trans-America Conference meet; the Chris Shenkel Collegiate in Statesboro, Ga.; the Southern Intercollegiate at Athens, Ga.; and the North-South Invitational at Pinehurst, before finishing second in the NCAA Championships on the fourth extra hole of a playoff.
He followed that with a win at the Northeast Amateur and with the Western Amateur title for the second year in a row. Then, in September of 1980, he paced the United States to a World Cup win, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record with a 12-under par performance. This qualified him for his second appearance as an amateur in the Maters; at Augusta.
During his last season, which appropriately began with medalist honors at the Jim Corbett Invitational, his stroke average was a sterling 71.35.
Sutton is the second athlete from Centenary (Robert Parish, a basketball center for the Gents in 1975, preceded him) to win the special honor named in memory of the late Jim Corbett, the director of athletics at Louisiana State University at the time of his death.
[Reprinted from the 1981 Sugar Bowl History Book]