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By Laney Mullaney and Sofia Pettersson, Communications Interns New Era New Era Cap Company Inc., who became the official hat of the AJGA in 2014, sponsored its first AJGA event last week at River Oaks Golf Club in Grand Island, New York. The company had a huge part in making the event a big success as New Era put together multiple teams for the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament and invited parents and players to the headquarters in downtown Buffalo for registration, meetings and dinner. New hats Darrell De Bey, Senior Director Global Licensing at New Era, spoke to the players during... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AJGA Blog
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Trevor Phillips and Sierra Brooks competed in the Junior Open Championship at The West Lancashire Golf Club, July 14 - 16 By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications While the AJGA boasts a large international showing at its tournaments, it’s an exciting occasion when American juniors compete abroad at a high level. Trevor Phillips of Inman, South Carolina, and Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Florida, are no strangers to international competition. Both traveled to The West Lancashire Golf Club in Liverpool, United Kingdom, to compete in the Junior Open Championship July 14 – 16. In a competitive, international field, Phillips finished 20th, carding... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Sam Curtis, AJGA Communications Mayacama Golf Club played host to the AJGA Junior at Mayacama July 7-9. Mayacama, itself, is an exclusive golf club that has roughly 400 members. Juniors were thrilled to have the opportunity to play on the highly private course. Mayacama Golf Club is located in Sonoma County, California, just north of San Francisco. The golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It was designed, with Scottish tradition in mind, to be a walking course. There are few carts paths that extend further than the tee boxes. Caddies guide members along the 6,761-yard course when not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AJGA Blog
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Rickie Fowler competed with the AJGA from 2004-06, winning two events By Holly Sealey, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR AJGA alumni had a strong showing at The Open Championship with Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia tying for second after posting a tournament-total 15-under-par 273, just two strokes behind champion Rory McIlroy. This was Garcia’s fourth runner-up finish at a major. Before turning professional in 2009, Fowler had a successful AJGA career as a two-time Rolex Junior All-American. From 2004-06 Fowler amassed 11 top-10 finishes at AJGA events, including wins at the 2004 Nike Golf Junior at Louisville and 2006 CB&I Boys... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Kyle Ginty, Communications Intern History The Abilene Junior is one of the longest-running events on the AJGA schedule. Since 1981, the AJGA has brought some of the best players in the nation to Big Country, with past champions including Scott Verplank, Phil Mickelson and Kelli Keuhne. PGA TOUR Professional Bob Estes has been a title sponsor of the event since 2006. Growing up in Abilene, Abilene Country Club was Estes’ home course. After attending the University of Texas, he turned professional and has been ranked in the top 20 of the World Golf Rankings. Bob Estes with juniors and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Landon Pederson, Communications Intern Pictured (Top left-right): Tennoshin Ogawa (Japan), Ritwick Jain (India), Keshav Sharma (India), Sera Tadokoro (Japan), Samantha Huang (China), Yunjie Zhang (China) (Bottom left-right): Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Yong Sherng Hui (Malaysia), Guentae Kim (South Korea), Xue Wen Luo (China) IJGA players compete in the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf 10 players from the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf were students of the International Junior Golf Academy. The IJGA is a full-time boarding school that combines golf training, education, and competition inside and outside of the classroom. The IJGA first opened its... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications Having Wyndham Cup withdrawals? The event, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, holds a unique place in AJGA history and is known for housing some of the most interesting facts about AJGA staff, past and present. Did you know AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin served as captain of the East Team for the first seven years (1990-96) alongside West Captain Chris Haack (now head men’s golf coach at the University of Georgia)? Captains with the Cup: Chris Haack and Stephen Hamblin captained the first-ever Wyndham Cup teams in 1990. Since the 25th anniversary welcomed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AJGA Blog
JSK Initials usually appear on golf balls and scorecards, not on hats, but for this junior the initials on his hat mean more than just three letters. ‘JSK’ appears on the right-hand side of Conley Miller’s tournament hat. These initials are for Miller’s grandmother, Joyce Kessler, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in early January 2014. Miller wrote ‘JSK’ on his hat just to put a smile on his grandmother’s face, since she’s followed all of his golf tournaments. Kessler has had surgery and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and getting better day-by-day. Down the Ledge It’s common to find golf... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Among the AJGA intern staff there is always a friendly rivalry between Operations interns and Communications interns. This rivalry stems from the different areas interns are in charge of based on either communications or operations tasks. It gives each group an incentive to be more efficient in order to finish the day before the other group. We will take a Snapchat tour of a day for a Communications intern and an Operations intern and let you decide which side you are on. If you would like more information on the AJGA's internship program visit... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By: Commucations Assistant Leah Goldman and Communications Intern Michelle Hantak One week, one course, two tournaments For the first time in this calendar year, the AJGA ran two tournaments during the same week and on the same golf course. The Midwest Junior Players Championship and the Midwest Junior Players Junior All-Star were played at Mistwood Golf Club July 14-17. Each tournament featured a 72-player field with a 50 percent cut after the second round. For the first and second rounds, the tournaments alternated between morning and afternoon tee times, with the Midwest Players Junior All-Star teeing off first in the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Noël Couch, Communications Intern A golf course with a spectacular view from every green… Rows of beautiful homes in a close-knit community… A clubhouse that is designed to impress… You could say that Serrano Country Club is fit for a president. And, well, it is! The club was host to both President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush. The forty-first president put his skills to the test out on the course, while the forty-third attended a John Doolittle for Congress Reception at the club. Serrano Country Club Assistant Golf Professional, Dylan Rafdal, recalls the presidents’ visits,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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In 2004, Brian Harman made a 50-foot birdie putt to win the FJ Invitational for the second consecutive year By Preston Smith, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR Brian Harman tallied his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2014 John Deere Classic. The AJGA alum grabbed a share of the lead with a first-round score of 8-under-par 63. He secured the victory with three more rounds under par, carding a tournament-total 22-under-par 262. Harman becomes the seventh former University of Georgia Bulldog to win on TOUR this season and earned the final spot in the Open Championship which runs July 17 –... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Katie Bonneau, Communications Intern Old South Country Club is located in Lothian, Maryland about 12 miles away from Annapolis. The Country Club is a private facility and was established in 1990. History of Old South Old South got its name from the founding gentlemen who owned a fitness club with the same name and wanted to build an amazing golf course. They hoped the course would be overlooked by a large clubhouse which was built in the style of a southern mansion. After the clubhouse was built in 1991, tennis courts and a pool were added. The Old South... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Michelle Hantak, Commuications Intern The Legend Clubs The McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends has been played at one of The Legend Clubs since its inception in 2005. The Legend Clubs is made up of four golf courses, three of which are located in the Milwaukee area. The Legend at Brandybrook has hosted the tournament for six years. Members of The Legend Clubs have access to 54 holes of golf, three pools and five dining areas. From housing interns to manning timing stations, members of The Legend Clubs dedicate so much time and energy to making the tournament successful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Paula Toth, Communications Intern Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club The Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open is an event held at the Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club. Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas is a small town located North of San Antonio. The Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club opened in 1978, and boasts quite an interesting history. Originally owned by Ralph E. Fair Sr., the clubhouse itself is in fact the original home of the Fairs. Ralph E. Fair, Sr., a successful oilman and rancher, purchased several land tracts in the 1930s that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at AJGA Blog
Auburn alumna helps AJGA Auburn alumna, Diana Fernandez, worked with the AJGA Staff as the FootJoy Live Scoring leader at the Will Claxton Junior presented by TestDrive.com. Fernandez who played Women’s Golf at Auburn volunteered her time by entering all scores for the juniors during the second and third rounds. Fernandez is from the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion, and has played golf for 17 years, since she was five-years-old. Knowing that collegiate golf was in her future, Fernandez decided looking at colleges when she was 16-years-old, and knew Auburn was the right choice for her when she came on her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Kellee Booth, Stephanie Neill, AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin, Heather Bowie and Lisa Cornwell. By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications It’s been 20 years since they played in an AJGA event, but this week, AJGA alumnae Heather Young, Stephanie Neill, Kellee Booth, and Lisa Cornwell found themselves back where they began their golf careers – and where they made AJGA history. As members of the first-ever Wyndham Cup (back then it was known as Canon Cup), the group accepted a special invitation to commemorate 25 years of the East-versus-West match play event, being held at Old Sandwich Golf Club in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Sofia Pettersson, Communications Intern The second day of the 2014 Wyndham Cup began with 10 foursome matches. The East, who captured an 8-7 lead after Day One, extended their lead to 14-11 after winning six morning matches. Future college rivals The second group of the day featured future college teammates and their future SEC rivals. The East’s Shannon Brooks (2015 grad) and Anna Newell (2014 grad), will compete at the University of Tennessee, while the West’s Lakareber Abe (2014 grad) and Kristen Gillman (2016 grad) will compete for the University of Alabama. Today, Brooks and Newell foreshadowed the future... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Sofia Pettersson, Communications Intern The 2014 Wyndham Cup kicked off Tuesday morning with four-ball matches. After the West took the upper hand early in most of the matches, Team East rebounded to grab a 6-4 lead heading into mixed foursomes in the afternoon. Seven of the 10 four-ball matches were decided before playing a full 18 holes. Team East won four matches in less than 18 holes, while Team West won three matches in the same fashion. First point for the West After halving 16 of the first 17 holes, Davis Riley and Adam Wood of the East, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Sofia Pettersson, Communications Intern 25th Anniversary In less than 16 hours, the first four-ball match will tee it up for the 2014 Wyndham Cup. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Cup, making the event even more special. Over the years, many notable players have represented the East and West as the list of alumni include players such as Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Inbee Park and Paula Creamer. Check out this photo album highlighting the top 25 moments of Wyndham Cup history. In honor of the 25th anniversary, four players from the 1990 Wyndham Cup are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Webb Simpson was a four-time Rolex Junior All-American during his AJGA career By Jana Jones, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR Webb Simpson moved up three spots to No. 28 in the Official World Golf Rankings after finishing third at The Greenbrier Classic. Simpson posted seven birdies in the final round to finish at 10-under-par 270. In the five-year history of the tournament, Simpson has finished within the top-10 three times (2011-12, 2014). Before turning professional in 2008, Simpson recorded 15 top-five finishes in AJGA competition. Simpson’s AJGA career was highlighted by a win at the 2001 Rolex Tournament of Champions and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Sofia Pettersson and Laney Mullaney, Communications Interns The time has finally arrived - the Wyndham Cup 25th anniversary begins on Tuesday! The Cup is unique to any other tournament on the AJGA schedule, as East will battle West in a three-day match play event. The teams, divided by the Mississippi River, consist of the top 20 girls and boys from the East and the top 20 girls and boys of the West. No other event on the AJGA schedule will feature the camaraderie, teamwork, emotions and rivalry like the Wyndham Cup. Keep reading to find out how to follow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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50th Year Anniversary While the Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship celebrated its second year in Columbus, Indiana, Otter Creek Golf Course celebrated its 50th year anniversary. First opened in 1964, the original 18 holes were created by Robert Jones Sr. In 1995, Rees Jones, Robert’s son, added another nine holes to complete the 27-hole championship course. Otter Creek has hosted a variety of events, including state amateurs, NCAA Division 1 regions, three Big Ten national championships, USGA public links championships and several AJGA Junior Championships. Past AJGA winners at Otter Creek include Phil Mickelson, who won here back in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Don Giffels The Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands is known for having some of the best volunteer support on the AJGA schedule. This year alone over 200 people volunteered to be spotters, run timing stations or help with live scoring. Don Giffels has been volunteering at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands since 2007 and been the volunteer chairman of this event since 2008. Don is responsible for getting all volunteer positions filled for the tournament. It sounds like a daunting task, but each volunteer receives a free round of golf for every shift they serve throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at AJGA Blog
By Noël Couch, Communications Intern Flashy new clubs, big-name sponsors, pictures and interviews, national recognition, and the list goes on. These are a few of the things that come along with being a PGA TOUR professional. For Ryan Moore, however, it’s not about the extravagant lifestyle. It’s all about family. Moore hosted a clinic after the first round of the Ryan Moore Junior Championship on Tuesday, July 1. When spectators asked if he could perform any trick shots, he responded saying, “I don’t have any trick shots. I just know how to hit them straight.” His father, Michael Moore, is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at AJGA Blog