Luis Garza

Gr.Sr. | 6-2 | Leon, Mexico | Montverde Academy (Fla.)

– Set to graduate in the summer of 2020 with a degree in Recreation & Sport Management … Was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic that cut the 2019-20 season short.
– Career stroke average of 72.929 is 13th on the school’s all-time list … of his 104 career rounds, 52 were par or better including 22 in the 60’s … His 423 career birdies ranks sixth on the school’s all-time list.

As a Senior (2019-20)
» GCAA Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar 
» SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

Named to the GCAA All-America Scholar team … Played in eight events, two as an individual, and posted a stroke average of 73.58 over 24 rounds prior to the season being canceled on Mar. 12 due to COVID-19 … His score counted toward the team total in 14 of 18 times … Shot a season-low 67 in the second round of the Bearcat Invitational …  Also carded a 67 in the opening round of the White Sands Invitational to post a season-low, 3-under-par 213 … Tied for 25th (67-74-70) thanks to a season-high 15 birdies over 54 holes … Tied for 17th at the Prestige Individual tournament … Was 2-over for the event (75-70-73=218) thanks to a season-high 43 pars over 54 holes.

As a Junior (2018-19)
» SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

Played in 13 events and posted a stroke average of 73.37 over 38 rounds … Opened the season by shooting a 15-under-par 201 (70-67-64) to tie for third at the Carmel Cup … His 15-under ranked second on the school’s list for best score in relation to par and his 64 tied for the third-best round in school history (behind a pair of 63’s) and his 54-hole total of 201 ranks fourth-best in school history … Tied for sixth in helping Arkansas win the Nebraska it-R-Done Invitational … Tied for 35th at the SEC Championship thanks to a second-round 67 … Was 2-0-1 in match play to help the Razorbacks win the SEC Championship … Won 5&4 versus #3 Will Gordan (Vanderbilt) in the quarterfinal and needed 19 holes to defeat Brandon Smith (Texas A&M) to clinch the team win in the semifinal … His match in the championship with #55 Jovan Rubula (Auburn) was on the 19th hole when Julian Perico clinched the win on the 18th … SUMMER 2019: Played in the U.S. Amateur after taking the third and final spot in his qualifier by firing rounds of 69-67 at the Pensacola (Fla.) Country Club on July 7-8, 2019.

As a Sophomore (2017-18)
» SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
» SEC Golfer of the Week (March 14)

Played in 14 events as a sophomore, posting a stroke average of 72.15 over 42 rounds … Named SEC Golfer of the Week (Mar. 14) as he was medalist (tying for first with teammate Alvaro Ortiz) at the Southern Intercollegiate, carding a 3-under par 141 (68-73) … Finished T-5th at the Sea Best Invitational with nine birdies and 41 pars … Posted a 7-over 217 at the SEC Championship, including a pair of 71’s to close the event … At the NCAA Norman Regional, opened with a 73-74 to help the team advance … Was 8-over par over four rounds at the NCAA Championship … Was the team’s low-man for three tournaments … Tallied two eagles, 133 birdies and 449 pars to end his sophomore season … Had 14 rounds of par or better … Earned Dean’s List in the Fall of 2017.

As a Freshman (2016-17)
» SEC All-Freshman Team
» SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll
» SEC Freshman of the Week (March 15)

Finished his freshman year with a 72.15 stroke average to rank second on the team … Earned SEC All-Freshman team honors from the league head coaches … Finished the season with 18 rounds under par, the second-most in school history behind Sebastian Cappelen’s 19 during his senior year … Had at least one round under par in his first 13 collegiate tournaments … Posted a counting score in 29 of 36 rounds and led the team with nine top-20 finishes, including five top-10 finishes … Had his best finish at the Gopher Individual, carding a runner-up finish at 3-under par … Went on a stretch of six consecutive tournaments with top-20 finishes, including two of those inside the top five … Recorded a season-best, 5-under 65 in the final round of the SEC Championship with five birdies and no bogeys … Had all three of his round count toward the team score at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional … Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after finishing T-8th at the Southern Intercollegiate … Finished second on the team with 125 birdies.

High School
Attended Montverde Academy (Fla.) … Won the 2015 South Beach International Amateur after breaking the course record with a 10-under 61 in the final round at Miami Beach Golf Club … Tied for 6th overall at the 2015 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup as Mexico’s top finisher, closing with a six-under 65 … Finished second in the International Spirit Cup … Posted eight career AJGA top 10 finishes, including five in the top five … Won the 2014 AJGA Junior thanks to a final round 67 … Finished runner-up at the 2014 AJGA Wells Fargo Junior Classic and 2013 TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior All-Star … Named the Golfweek Player of the Week after winning the 2013 Golfweek Junior Invitational by three shots … A member of the Mexican national team.

Personal
Born Nov. 24, 1997 … son of Ricardo Garza and Bety Morfin … Has two siblings, Alexia and Juan Pablo … majoring in business.

Garza’s Career by the Numbers (through Mar. 3, 2020)
Counting Scores: 97 of 131 Rounds
Wins: 1
Top 5s: 7
Top 10s: 9
Top 15s: 11
Top 20s: 18
Rounds in the 60’s: 22
Rounds of Par or Better: 52
Eagles: 7
Birdies: 423
Pars: 1,578
Low Round: 64 (-8) in the third round at Carmel Cup (Sept. 2, 2018)
Low 18 vs. Par: -8 (64) in the third round at Carmel Cup (Sept. 2, 2018)
Low 54: 201 (-15) Carmel Cup (Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018)
Low 54 vs. Par: -15 (201) Carmel Cup (Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018)

Garza Career Numbers

YearEventsRdsStrokesAvg.WinsTop 10/20Rds in 60'sRds Par/Better
2016-1714392,81472.1505/9921
2017-1814423,05272.6712/4814
2018-1913382,78873.3702/4311
2019-20824176673.5800126
Totals4814010,21072.9319/182252