We couldn’t be prouder of Mocs golfer Steven Fox! Fox made history on Sunday, August 19, when he won the U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado—the first Mocs golfer to win a national tournament.
The accolades continue to roll in for Fox. He was named the Southern Golf Association National Amateur of the Month for August.
“This is indeed an honor,” Fox said. “It has been unreal learning what comes with being the amateur champion. It is awesome getting to share this with my family, friends and teammates.”
Fox won the U.S. Amateur title in a 37-hole, come-from-behind win over Cal junior Michael Weaver at historic Cherry Hills Country Club outside Cherry Hills, Colorado.
Fox’s name was added to a trophy with notable winners who came before him: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who claimed his 1990 amateur win at Cherry Hills.
A special reception for Fox was held on campus Thursday, August 23, when Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bob Corker and UT President Joe DiPietro visited campus to high five Fox.
Additionally, elected officials, faculty, staff, student athletes and classmates came out to show their support and pride in Fox’s accomplishment. Fox was appreciative of everyone taking the time to attend the event.
“To represent the Power C is an honor,” Fox told the crowd.
From his den on Lookout Mountain, Chancellor Roger Brown watched Fox with growing excitement as the senior business major calmly advanced. Brown called Fox’s win “one of the greatest events in UC and UTC history.” He spoke of Fox’s true grit and courage.
“Steven set a high bar for performance and sportsmanship,” Brown said.
Brown wasn’t the only who watched the nail-biter. Senator Bob Corker told the UTC crowd he was “glued to the television.” With every putt, he found himself either “leaning left, or leaning right.” He called Fox after his big win.
“He has nurturing parents, because Steven had empathy for the person who lost. He was a gracious, empathetic winner,” Corker said.
According to the USGA website, the victory “has earned Fox an exemption to next year’s U.S. Open and British Open and a likely invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament.”