The next great golfer to come out of Union County added one of the game’s prestigious amateur titles to his trophy case a few weeks ago.
Union Academy Charter School rising senior Caleb Surratt won the 45th Boys Junior PGA Championship on July 15, finishing with a 1-under-par 70 in the final round to claim the title at 16-under overall. The tournament was held at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky.
After shooting a combined 6-under-par over the tournament’s first two rounds, Surratt surged to the lead in the third with a 9-under-par 62, entering the final round with a score of 15-under. Surratt’s round of 62, which featured six birdies on the back nine, broke the Championship third-round record and came one stroke shy of the course record for any round, set by PGA professional Jason Teater.
Surratt, a University of Tennessee commit, is among the top 10 of the Rolex American Junior Golf Association Rankings.
Following his win at the Junior PGA Championships, Surratt competed in the US Junior Amateur, which was held in Pinehurst. The No. 5 seed entering the tournament, Surratt won his first two matches against Daniel Choi from Keller, Texas and Rowan Sullivan of Charleston, S.C., before falling in the third round to No. 12 seed Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head, S.C.
Surratt played in six matches for the Union Academy golf team this past spring. He averaged a score of 33.3 per round and finished first in all six matches. Surratt has won the past two 1A boys golf state titles, shooting a 143 (72-71) at the 2019 championship and a 69 in the one-round 2021 championship.
Surratt has added to Union County’s reputation for producing great golfers. Former Forest Hills standout Sean Moore, who graduated in 2003, attended Wake Forest and won the individual ACC Championship as a freshman. Moore is now an assistant golf pro at Greenbrier Golf & Country Club in Lexington, Ky.
Former Porter Ridge girls golf star Courtney Gunter, who was named the 2008-09 Girl Senior Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association, played four years at UNC-Chapel Hill before graduating in 2013.
After graduating from UNC, Gunter was an assistant coach at both ECU and Coastal Carolina before she was hired as the head coach of Western Carolina’s women’s team in 2018. Western finished eighth at the 2021 Southern Conference women’s golf championship.