Andrew Von Lossow: player of the year, golf junkie, talks about taking down the big boys in the U.S. Amateur and of his wandering love of the game

Andrew Von Lossow is the kind of guy you would want in your Dream Foursome, or at least to have a beverage with at the 19th hole.

He made national headlines on a big stage last year, when, as a 34-year-old, he defeated the No. 3-ranked amateur player in the world and pre-championship favorite, Michael Thorbjornsen, in the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur. Andrew rocked a colorful shirt during the match, an outward symbol of the joy he feels when he plays the game.

He was named the WA Golf Men’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in 2022, the first player in history to win both honors in the same year. He was also named the PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year that year.

Growing up in Seattle, Andrew learned the game from his dad, Jim, a PGA professional who thrived in his cottage industry of making and repairing clubs. The two would compete in several hickory tournaments together, with Andrew winning the 2021 U.S. Hickory Open, held that year at Gearhart (Ore.) Golf Links.

He won the Northwest Association of Community Colleges conference title in 2009, playing for Southwestern Oregon Community College (a college he went to, of course, because the team’s home course was Bandon Dunes).

He was selected for the WA Golf Morse Cup Team at last month’s Pacific Coast Amateur at Capilano G&CC in West Vancouver, B.C.

Andrew earned a degree in graphic design and communication from Eastern Washington University and spent some time caddying in the summers at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Mont.

He now owns and operates Glen Cove Trading Co., a design and apparel manufacturer in Spokane, with the company being named after the family cabin near Port Townsend, Wash. that’s been in the family since the 1930s.

On Instagram, he started the “Lead Tape Chronicles,” asking people to send him photos of do-it-yourself home remedies that other golf junkies have done on their golf clubs to make them juuuust right.