Burns Wins Jim Corbett Award for 2016-17
BATON ROUGE – The most decorated season in the history of the LSU Men’s Golf program continued Thursday when Sam Burns was named by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee and Allstate Sugar Bowl as the 2017 James J. Corbett Award winner as the top male amateur in the state of Louisiana.
The NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year will be presented with his award on Saturday, Aug. 5, as part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. LSU gymnast Ashley Gnat was named the women’s recipient of the award on Wednesday.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Burns is just the second golfer to ever win the James J. Corbett Award with former Centenary and PGA TOUR and Major Champion Hal Sutton the first to do so in 1980.
Burns’ selection as the winner of the Corbett Award on Thursday continued a memorable week in which he earned his first top-10 finish in a PGA TOUR event even playing as an amateur as he tied for sixth place at the Barbasol Shootout in Opelika, Alabama, where he fired 18-under par in four rounds at Grand National. His performance included three-straight rounds of 5-under par 66 in the second, third and fourth rounds.
Burns claimed his spot in the field for the Barbasol Championship by winning the Barbasol Shootout at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, on June 3. He also received an exemption to tee it up in Jack Nicklaus’ own Memorial Tournament in 2018 thanks to his selection as the 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year.
Already one of the top amateur golfers worldwide with an exemption to the 2017 United States Amateur Championship next month, Burns recently led Team USA to a 19.5-11.5 victory over Team Europe at the Arnold Palmer Cup held at Atlanta Athletic Club in June. The Arnold Palmer Cup is an annual Ryder-Cup-style event that features the top-10 Americans and top-10 Europeans in college golf each season.
Burns has certainly enjoyed the most decorated season by any player in the history of the LSU Men’s Golf program while also earning the titles of PING First-Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year in 2017.
Burns earned 14-straight top-10 individual finishes during the 2016-17 season before seeing his streak snapped at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships where he tied for 32nd place in his final appearance as a LSU Tiger. He announced following the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championships his decision to turn professional following the Walker Cup in August.
As a sophomore, Burns broke LSU’s single-season scoring record with an average of 70.05 stroke per round while finishing with four wins and 14 top-10 finishes. Along with being crowned champion of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and leading the Tigers to their first ever regional title as a team in May, he also won individual titles at the David Toms Intercollegiate and Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic back in the fall and Louisiana Classics in the spring to highlight the most prolific season in school history.