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By Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications Alabama’s Emma Talley made history on Monday as she won the 2015 NCAA women's individual golf championship, securing the Crimson Tide’s first individual golf championship. Talley’s drive off the final tee landed in the fairway bunker, however with 148 yards to go, the former Rolex Junior All-American used her 7-iron to complete one of the most prominent shots of the day, as she landed six feet away from the hole. Before Talley could make her winning birdie putt, she had to wait out the 52-minute rain delay, but the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion didn’t... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at AJGA Blog
By Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications The mission statement of the AJGA is to provide, “overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college scholarships through competitive junior golf.” This goal is no more evident than in the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. This past week, May 14-16, the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional tournaments took place around the country with the five lowest scoring teams from each region and the lowest scoring individuals per region not on those teams advancing to the NCAA Championship, which will take place May... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Laney Mullaney, AJGA Communications Rickie Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff to earn his biggest career win on Sunday at THE PLAYERS Championship. Playing well throughout the first three days of the tournament Fowler shot two consecutive 3-under-par 69s and a 1-under-par 71. He earned himself a spot in the playoff by shooting 6-under-par on his last six holes, for a 5-under-par 67 and a 12-under-par total. His spectacular play was highlighted by three birdies (including two in the playoff) on the infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. “I’d say this is a pretty big... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at AJGA Blog
Daniel Berger is one of five players in this week's PLAYERS Championship field that played in The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf during their AJGA careers. By Chris Richards (@AJGARichards), AJGA Communications The Stadium is the same as it was when they were in high school, and five of the combatants are returning for an even grander battle this week at THE PLAYERS Championship. Since 2007, The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf has tested the world’s top junior golfers at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Morgan Hoffmann won the inaugural event, and he’s joined... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at AJGA Blog
For the 16th year, 78 junior golfers from around the world will compete in the Thunderbird International Junior. They will join the ranks of PGA and LPGA Tour stars like Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson who all competed in the award-winning event. In 2014, Andy Zhang of Reunion, Florida, and Maddie Szeryk of Allen, Texas, added their names to a list of past champions that includes four-time PGA TOUR champion Ryan Moore and LPGA major winner Morgan Pressel. Zhang will return to Grayhawk Golf Club in 2015 to defend his championship, while... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at AJGA Blog
Smylie Kaufman accepted the 2008 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind. By Chris Richards, AJGA Communications When Smylie Kaufman visits Newburgh, Indiana, he accepts trophies and smiles for the camera. Kaufman picked up his first career Tour victory Sunday at Victoria National Golf Club, the same course he played during the 2008 Rolex Tournament of Champions. It’s also where he accepted the 2008 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership and volunteer efforts with the Kids vs. Cancer campaign, a fundraiser that he and his brother, Luckie, founded in their hometown of... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Brett Polachek, AJGA Communications Justin Rose, coming off his T2 finish at the Masters, won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a tournament total of 22-under-par 266. With this win, the 2013 U.S. Open champion has won at least one PGA TOUR event for the past six years. Over Easter weekend this year, Rose sponsored his first AJGA event, the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Justin Rose. Moving to 24th in the FedEx Cup rankings, Cameron Tringale shot a tournament-total of 21-under-par 267 en route to s a second-place finish. University of Cincinnati alumnus Jim Herman... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications It is no secret that AJGA tournaments are the highest level of junior golf. The tournaments prepare juniors for competing at the next level, which for most players is college golf. A few select juniors however, get the opportunity to have a sneak peak at what the step beyond college golf is like. There are seven amateurs in the field this weekend for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC. All seven of those players are AJGA juniors: Kristen Gillman, Jo-Hua Hong, Yu-Sang Hou, Andrea Lee, Mika Liu, Haley Moore and Han-Hsuan Yu.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Alex Ball and Liz Healy, AJGA Communications The AJGA is about more than golf. AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin has worked hard to ensure the events run by the AJGA give back to or somehow impact the communities around them. With 113 events on the 2015 schedule, the impact of these tournaments is huge. The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia, has hosted seven AJGA tournaments since 2009 and each year the events around the tournament grow. This year’s Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno was no exception with almost 30 teams competing in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Chris Richards, AJGA Communications Once his second shot on No. 13 cleared the tributary and safely found the putting surface, there was much cause to look forward as Jordan Spieth closed in on winning the 2015 Masters. Speaking on behalf of the AJGA family, it was also the first of a series of moments that prompted reflection. My first Jordan Spieth memory came in 2008. Leading by four with one hole to play, Jordan missed the 18th fairway with his tee shot and was behind a pod of trees, 195 yards from the flagstick. A hazard fronted the green,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at AJGA Blog
Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club has a rich history with the AJGA, hosting 33 tournaments since 1978. The events have ranged from Preseason Series events to Invitationals, and annually bring in some of the most talented junior golfers in the world. Events are not the only ties the AJGA has to Innisbrook Resort: AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin started his professional career there as a resident golf professional. The first experience Hamblin had with the AJGA was when the young organization hosted the now-named Polo Golf Junior Classic on the famous Copperhead course. Initially impressed, Hamblin later accepted the executive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Brett Polachek, AJGA Communications J.B. Holmes won his fourth PGA TOUR event at the Shell Houston Open in a playoff against AJGA alumni Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner. Spieth played well all week, but fell short by bogeying the first playoff hole. Wagner had a par putt to extend the playoff to a third hole, but failed to convert. After his win, Holmes jumped 13 spots to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings. Holmes has started the 2014-15 season off with a bang with a win and four top-10s all coming before the Masters tournament, capping off the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Tim Wing, AJGA Communications In February, Hannah O’Sullivan became the youngest player to win a Symetra Tour event with her victory at the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club where she shot a tournament-record 15-under-par 201. This week, the 16-year-old returned to the site where history was made to play in her third consecutive Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. Through the first two rounds, the University of Southern California verbal commit has posted back-to-back 3-under-par 68s, putting her in first place with one round to go. O’Sullivan has placed in the top three in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Laney Mullaney, AJGA Communications It was March madness at the Valero Texas Open, where every player who finished in the top 10 was an AJGA alumnus. Jimmy Walker became the first player to record two PGA TOUR victories this season, winning the Valero Texas Open by four strokes over fellow-Texas native Jordan Spieth. Walker took the lead after the second round, and held onto it throughout the tournament before marking his fifth victory in the past two seasons, a tour best, and moving to a career high of 10th in the World Golf Rankings. The win keeps Walker in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Caley Beacham and Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications The players at the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship got some motivation from two professional athletes before the tournament ever started. PGA TOUR professional and Tournament Host Hunter Mahan stopped by to interact with players, and United States Olympic Bobsledder Johnny Quinn spoke at the Players/Parents Meeting about his journey as an athlete. Mahan hosted a clinic on the driving range where he gave some golf and life advice to the players in attendance. Juniors had the chance to ask questions about his career, and get some advice on how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Laney Mullaney, AJGA Communications Matt Every earned his second PGA TOUR victory and successfully defended his title with a one-stroke victory over Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. In his time in the AJGA, Every recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the 2001 International Junior Masters, and was named a 2001 Rolex Junior All-American. Every went on to a successful golf career as a University of Florida Gator where he earned All-American honors all four years. He does it again! Matt Every shoots final-round 66 to defend his @APinv title. Scores: Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at AJGA Blog
BRASELTON, Ga. - For the third time, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has named the AJGA a Top Workplace in Metro Atlanta. Companies that earn this recognition “have the working environment that allows them to outperform peers,” and the AJGA does this behind the strength of 60 full-time employees and more than 70 spring and summer interns. “This award is won by the voice of the employees, so that gives me a great sense of pride,” said AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin. In an annual survey sent to AJGA players and their families, the AJGA staff is consistently among the top reasons... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Laney Mullaney, AJGA Communications AJGA alumnus Jordan Spieth earned his second PGA TOUR victory, winning the Valspar Championship in a three-hole playoff with Sean O’Hair and Patrick Reed. The win puts Spieth at his career high of No. 6 on the world rankings and makes him the fourth player since 1940 to win two or more PGA Tour events before his 22nd birthday, following in the footsteps of fellow AJGA alums Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods and Robert Gamez. Tournament of the year? Jordan Spieth is your 2015 #ValsparChampionship winner! — Global Golf Post (@GlobalGolfPost) March 15, 2015 All three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at AJGA Blog
by Caley Beacham, AJGA Communications At the Puerto Rico Open, three AJGA alumnus finished T2 behind winner Alex Cejka. Emiliano Grillo, Jon Curran, and Sam Saunders were all a part of the one-hole, five-man playoff. Grillo, who finished in the inaugural Puerto Rico Junior Open in 2011, competed in 17 AJGA events from 2008-11, including 15 AJGA Invitationals and nine top-10 finishes. Curran and Saunders competed against each other in the 2003 and 2004 Polo Golf Junior Classic, and the 2003 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Combined, during their AJGA careers, the three were named Rolex Junior All-Americans six times. Follow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Roseanna Smith (@AJGASmith), AJGA Communications On the eve of the AJGA’s Intern Recruiting Weekend (IRW), our Throwback Thursday is dedicated to a few of its “original” members. The concept of an IRW, a hiring event which allowed the best prospective AJGA interns to gather, network and demonstrate their fit as a summer employee, was first implemented in 2002 by now-Chief Operations Officer Mark Oskarson. Mark Oskarson shakes hands with Amanda Blumenherst in 2002. Flashing back to the year of trucker hats, Salt Lake City’s winter Olympics and Pink crowing “Get This Party Started” on the radio, 32 of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, stepped off the plane Tuesday morning in Puerto Rico with one thing on his mind: golf. Like thousands of other fans he made the trek to take in the PGA TOUR's Puerto Rico Open. Unlike the thousands of other fans though, he will be experiencing the tournament from inside the ropes. Andrew earned a Sponsor's Exemption into the PGA TOUR event by winning the AJGA's Puerto Rico Junior Open presented by EaglesDream Golf Academy. With a final-round push, Kozan claimed a three-stroke victory and entry into the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Caley Beacham, AJGA Communications Berger close to first PGA TOUR win A sudden-death playoff against Padraig Harrington was the only thing that stood between Daniel Berger and his first PGA TOUR win. The two-hole playoff at the Honda Classic ended in Harrington’s favor, but Berger’s second-place finish is still his best TOUR finish since turning pro in 2013. Berger, a 2011 AJGA alumnus, entered the final round of the Honda Classic, at even-par, and shot 6-under-par 64 to put himself in position for the playoff. The finish is projected to move Berger up 33 spots in the FedEx Cup... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at AJGA Blog
by Brett Polachek, AJGA Communications O'Sullivan makes history At the age of 16, AJGA member Hannah O’Sullivan made history this weekend becoming the youngest player in Symetra Tour history to win an event. Her tournament total of 15-under-par 201 at the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club was a tournament record. O’Sullivan became one of three women, joining Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson, to win an event on the LPGA Tour or Symetra Tour before her 17th birthday. O’Sullivan, who has been an AJGA member since 2010, has competed in two AJGA events at Longbow Golf Club, finishing T3 in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at AJGA Blog
by Caley Beacham, AJGA Communications Another AJGA alumnus secured a PGA TOUR win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Brandt Snedeker finished 22-under-par 265 for the weekend shooting 5-under-par 67 in the final round to secure a three-stroke win. With this win, AJGA alumni have won four of the first five PGA TOUR titles in 2015. Pump that fist Brandt Snedeker, you're the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champ. — GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) February 15, 2015 This was Snedeker’s seventh PGA TOUR victory, and his first since winning the RBC Canadian Open in 2013. During his PGA TOUR career,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Brett Polachek Rodgers wins Colombia Championship Presented by Claro AJGA alumni Patrick Rodgers won his first Tour title at the Colombia Championship Presented by Claro with a 17-under-par 267. Rogers birdied No. 18 to shoot a 6-under-par 65 in the final round, forcing a playoff with Steve Marino. Rodgers went on to sink a 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the tournament. Rodgers played four years with the AJGA racking up 10 top-10 finishes, one victory, and two selections to the AJGA Scholastic All-America Team. Rodgers went on to be a three-time All-American at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at AJGA Blog