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By Liz Healy, AJGA Communications On February 13, 72 of the best boys in junior golfers in the world will descend on The Woodlands, Texas, for the 2015 CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. In 2014, Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Illinois, went bogey-free for 53 holes shooting a final-round 6-under-par 66 to capture his first AJGA Invitational victory. Ghim was chasing more than just his first Invitational victory, he carded a tournament total of a 12-under-par 204, two strokes less than the 54-hole tournament record set by Jordan Spieth in 2011. With the victory, Ghim added his name to... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at AJGA Blog
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By Michelle Hantak, AJGA Communications In 2009, LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam and the ANNIKA Foundation teamed up with the AJGA for the first time to host an AJGA girls-only Invitational. This partnership created an award-winning tournament that not only provides participants with an opportunity to compete at a high level, but also allows them to learn from Annika. Reunion Resort Reunion Resort in Reunion, Florida, has hosted the ANNIKA Invitational on its Watson Course since the event’s inception. The par-72 course spans 7,257 yards and has garnered numerous accolades from Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF magazines as being one of... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications The beginning of the year for the AJGA often features some fresh faces among the full-time staff. This year is no different with 10 tournament coordinators and one finance coordinator joining the ranks of seasoned veterans. Here’s a look at the newest members of the AJGA staff: Meghan Cobb Hometown: Boise, Idaho Alma mater: University of Idaho AJGA internship: Class of 2014, summer Twitter Handle: @mrosec5 Sports claim to fame: I hold two city and three high school swimming records. Fun Fact: I won an Oreo stacking contest at a local grocery store and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Caley Beacham Haas wins Humana Challenge AJGA alum Bill Haas secured his sixth PGA TOUR win at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. This win shot Haas up 118 spots in the FedExCup Rankings to No. 9. Haas used a final-round 5-under-par 67 to earn the win, but it wasn’t without drama. Haas held a one-shot lead when he reached No. 18, and landed in a bunker off the tee. While five players waited for a potential six-player sudden-death playoff, Haas two-putted for par and the win. Three AJGA alumni were in a five-way tie for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AJGA Blog
One set of twins. The field for the Preseason Junior at Morongo featured a set of twins. Skyler and Madison Wood are 2017 graduates, and were playing in their first AJGA event. The twins played in the same group during the final round, with Skyler finishing tied for second and Madison taking home fifth place. Two holes-in-one. It is rare to have a hole-in-one during a weekend of AJGA tournaments, which makes it even more remarkable that there were two holes-in-one between the three tournaments. At the EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Championship, Alissa Yang of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, knocked in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Chris Ceman (@AJGACeman) and Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda) One of the AJGA's greatest stars wasn't even in the field... Spotted around Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon was another familiar face of the AJGA, the club's Director of Golf Henry Liaw. The native Southern Californian played with the AJGA from 1999-2002, earning Rolex Junior All-America honors in each of his last three seasons. In his first-ever AJGA event, Liaw won the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior, his first of five AJGA top-10 finishes. In 2001, Liaw added his name to the history books by winning the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Caley Beacham, AJGA Communications Walker repeats title at Sony Open in Hawaii After finishing second at last week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions, AJGA alum Jimmy Walker defended his title at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Jan. 18. He shot a dominating 23-under-par 257, shooting an 8-under-par 62 in the third round and a 7-under-par 63 in the final round to finish nine strokes ahead of Scott Piercy. Piercy, also an AJGA alumnus, shot a 14-under-par 266 to claim second on the leaderboard. Harris English, Gary Woodland, and Matt Kuchar, all AJGA alumni, finished in a three-way tie for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Caley Beacham, AJGA Communications Reed wins fourth PGA TOUR title It took a sudden-death playoff to do it, but AJGA alum Patrick Reed defeated fellow AJGA alum Jimmy Walker at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in a one-hole playoff. Reed’s late surge on Nos. 15 through 18 pushed him into a tie for the top spot on the leaderboard at 21-under-par 271 with Walker, who had only one birdie on the back nine. This was Reed’s fourth PGA TOUR win, and his first since winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March 2014. Reed claimed an AJGA victory and seven top-six... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications The AJGA Senior Boys & Girls Championships are two tournaments designed to help unsigned high school seniors, who have not signed or commited to play college golf, gain exposure to college coaches. The AJGA Senior Boys Championship featured 78 boys while the AJGA Senior Boys & Girls Championship showcased the talent of 54 boys and 22 girls. College coaches watch AJGA Senior Boys Championship winner Colin Hamilton putt on No. 18 College Coaches The AJGA Senior Boys & Girls Championships are exclusively for high school seniors who have not signed a National Letter of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications Spieth wins again Former Rolex Junior Player of the Year Jordan Spieth set two tournament records at the Hero World Challenge, winning by 10 shots with a 26-under-par 262. Spieth broke the tournament record of 266 set by Tiger Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000, and surpassed Woods’ record largest winning margin of seven, by three strokes. The win comes a week after Spieth captured the title at the Emirates Australian Open, where he used the same ball all 18 holes of his final-round 63. His superstition of never switching balls... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications The Utility Men of Volunteers Jeff Schorr has been volunteering at the Polo Golf Junior Classic since its arrival at PGA National in 2009. He first got involved when he heard about the tournament through his volunteer efforts at the Honda Classic. “I like to give back to the community,” Schorr said. “I love to volunteer, I love golf and I get to meet a lot of nice people.” He enjoyed it so much that in 2011 he convinced his friend Gary Sherman to volunteer as well. Throughout all their years volunteering they say... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Stephanie Dittmer (@AJGADittmer), AJGA Communications AJGA alum Jordan Spieth fired an 8-under-par 63 on Sunday at The Australian Golf Club to win The Emirates Australian Open by six strokes. The first win of Spieth’s 2014 season is the second of his professional career and comes on the heels of a successful year which included eight top-10 finishes, his Ryder Cup debut and a runner-up showing at the Masters. The AJGA tournament host was crowned champion five times during his AJGA career, racked up first-team Rolex Junior All-America accolades in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was honored as the Rolex... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications Lewis during a Q&A session at the 2014 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open. AJGA alumna and tournament host Stacy Lewis was named Rolex Player of the Year for the 2014 LPGA season. She also received the Vare Trophy, for lowest scoring average, and topped the LPGA Official Money List, becoming the first player since fellow tournament host Yani Tseng, to sweep all three honors. Lewis competed in nine AJGA tournaments as a junior, with her best showing coming at the 2002 Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior where she tied for fourth. Following her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Chris Ceman (@AJGACeman), AJGA Communications Brooks Koepka claimed his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open after carding five birdies and an eagle en route to a final-round 7-under-par 65. Brooks Koepka hits a tee shot at Château Élan Resort Koepka played in AJGA events for three years, from 2005-07. He compiled six top-10 finishes including a victory at the 2005 Ashworth Junior at Highland Oaks. Following his victory, Koepka competed in AJGA Invitationals such as the AJGA Boys Championship, FJ Invitational, The PING Invitational and Polo Golf Junior Classic. Koepka continued his career at Florida State... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications The class of 2015 signing period has begun! AJGA juniors from around the world are signing their National Letters of Intent to the colleges and universities of their dreams. We asked some of them if they could say one thing to the class of 2015, what would it be. From congratulations and thanks to inspiration and the future, here's what they had to say: Bethany Wu – UCLA "Today's the day we've all been waiting for, congrats Class of 2015! We did it!" Sam Burns – LSU "Congratulations to everyone signing today, I know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications Bubba Waston eagled the final hole in dramatic fashion to tie Tim Clark at 11-under-par 277 at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. Watson birdied the par-5 No. 18 to win his first World Golf Championship via playoff. Watson played in AJGA events for six years, from 1992-97. He competed in events including the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Polo Golf Junior Classic, compiling more than 14 top-10 AJGA finishes. Watson was victorious twice in his junior career with wins at the 1993 ICS Gateway Junior Classic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Ryan Moore claimed the title at the 2001 Thunderbird International Junior PGA TOUR AJGA tournament host and alum Ryan Moore successfully defended his CIMB Classic title with a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday for a tournament-total 17-under-par 271. Moore became the first player to defend a title on the PGA TOUR since Tiger Woods did it at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013. Moore beat out fellow AJGA alumni Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na and fellow tournament host Gary Woodland who tied for second at 14-under-par 274. Before Moore signed with the University of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Robert Streb poses with his trophy after winning the 2004 OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. Streb played AJGA events from 2001-05. By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR At the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, AJGA alums Robert Streb and Will MacKenzie took first and T2, respectively. Streb’s final-round 7-under-par 63 forced a playoff with MacKenzie and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge, which he won in two holes. The victory was Streb’s first on the PGA TOUR. Streb played AJGA golf from 2001-05, claiming his sole junior victory at the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree in 2004, earning him honorable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Roseanna Smith (@AJGASmith), AJGA Communications It's that time of year at the AJGA: awards season. AJGA awards recognize the achievements of the talented, and in this case, altruistic, junior golfers in our midst. Earlier in the year, Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman) did a blog series on the charitable giving of some participants in the AJGA’s Leadership Links program. Established in 2009, Leadership Links allows AJGA juniors to participate in fundraising for a variety of charities in golf and outside of it. In 2014 alone, more 360 junior golfers raised $350,000 and supported 160 charitable causes. Even more amazing are the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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The Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF is the only AJGA Invitational with an age limit, but the caliber of play on the course looked like the efforts of seasoned veterans rather than young players. The course The AJGA traveled to the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club – Ghost Creek course for the first time, and it was every bit as special as expected. The Ghost Creek course has been named one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Goll Digest, while Witch Hollow, the second course on the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club grounds has hosted the Women’s U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications We usually use tournament blogs to showcase the tournament experience for the players, but what about the staff experience – especially when it’s an experience that includes delicious food, visits to college stadiums, games and pranks. The PING Invitational is a staff favorite event. The food The food during The PING Invitational is second to none. Prior to the tournament, the staff takes advantage of the spacious kitchen at our home for the week, Boone Pickens lodge – and advantage of the AJGA’s resident culinary expert. What many people don’t know about Vice President... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Hunter Mahan competed in AJGA events from 1996-2000, establishing a strong foundation to his golf career By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR AJGA alum Hunter Mahan tied for third at the Frys.com Open, the PGA TOUR season opener in Napa, California. Mahan finished just three strokes behind champion Sang-Moon Bae in a tightly bunched leaderboard that included six players within three strokes of the lead. Mahan played AJGA golf from 1996-2000, with a breakout year in 1999 where he won two AJGA events, the Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at AJGA Blog
By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications With the release of the 2014 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, let's take a look at some facts from the current team as well as explore some all-time numbers. 2015 All members of this year’s team represent the class of 2015. In 2013, Nineteen were seniors and five were juniors. 5-3-2 California claims the most team members with five. Three call Georgia and North Carolina home and two hail from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas, respectively. 2183 and 34 Average SAT and ACT score, respectively, for the 2014 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team members 4... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications Ryder Cup Europe retained the Ryder Cup with a 16.5-11.5 victory over the all-AJGA alumni United States squad in Gleneagles, Scotland. The European team consisted of former AJGA players Victor Dubuisson and Sergio Garcia. Dubuisson posted a 2-0-1 record in his Ryder Cup debut, while Garcia won 2.5 out of 4 possible points to bring his career record to 18-9-5. Dubuisson competed at the first-ever Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf at TPC Sawgrass, an all-boys Invitational which features one of the most competitive and international fields on the AJGA schedule. Garcia played... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda) and Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Before they were competing in the Ryder Cup, the 12 members of Team USA were just junior golfers with big dreams. We dug deep into the archives to uncover what Team USA was up to during their time at the AJGA. Keegan Bradley Bradley competed from 2002-04 and was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American. Here he is after the last putt dropped (sporting his future college allegiance) in what would be his lone AJGA victory at the 2004 Lessing's AJGA Classic. Rickie Fowler The AJGA not only gave... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at AJGA Blog