Gotterup ’17 wins NCAA Golf’s Top Awards, Qualifies for US Open
June 9, 2022
Chris Gotterup ’17 won his share of golf tournaments as a member of the Christian Brothers Academy varsity team. His collegiate career certainly followed suit.
The University of Oklahoma redshirt senior was named the 2022 Haskins Award winner, which is presented to the country’s top college golfer each year. The award, first given out in 1971, is voted on by college coaches, players, and national media. Gotterup was the unanimous national number-one ranked collegiate golfer in the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. He was also presented the Jack Nicklaus Award, which is given to the top Division I player in the country.
“It is an incredible feeling because [the Haskins] is an award that so many people share with me because they have all been a part of my journey,” Gotterup said. “It is definitely an honor to be named player of the year as the list of players on that trophy is incredible.”
Gotterup used his extra year of eligibility at Oklahoma, after spending four years at Rutgers University. He won the East Lake Cup and Puerto Rico Classic during the regular season, before finishing as the runner-up at the Big 12 Conference Championship. He was just one stroke off the lead at the NCAA Division I Championship, finishing tied for fifth at the country’s toughest collegiate event.
He helped Oklahoma win the program’s 18th conference championship and sixth consecutive NCAA team match play quarterfinals appearance.
Because of his incredible final college season, he ascended to number six in the PGA Tour’s University rankings. Just last week, Gotterup qualified for the U.S. Open Tournament via 36-hole qualifying events in New York. He will play in the prestigious tournament June 16-19 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Of course, he is no stranger to winning golf events and awards. In his senior season at CBA, the Colts won the 2017 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions and State Championship. Gotterup took his winning ways to Rutgers, where he earned the 2019-2020 Big Ten Player of the Year Award.
“CBA Golf gave me the confidence that I can be one of the best players in the state of New Jersey because I was able to win a couple of times,” he said. “The experience just set the foundation for me in my golf career.”