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By Shannon Dudzinski, AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring 1. Philip Barbaree is bogey-free through 54 holes and set a 54-hole Rolex Tournament of Champions scoring record at 18-under-par 198. He is only three shots off the 72-hole tournament scoring record set by fellow Louisiana native Sam Burns at the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Burns shot a 21-under-par 267. 2. Watch out for the players in the field who will be competing in the 2015 Wyndham Cup next month. The last boy and girl spot for each team will be determined... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By Laura Fellwock, AJGA Communications Throughout her career, Stacy Lewis has faced a myriad of challenges that would have kept any ordinary golfer off the course. But Lewis was never one to let someone else dictate her path. Monday night at Blessings Golf Club, Lewis shared her experiences and advice with the juniors and parents at the inaugural KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational. Along with Arkansas women’s golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, Lewis focused on the importance of never giving up. After a brief introduction video about Lewis’ history with scoliosis, she shared how she endured the uncertainty of her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Nathaniel Easton, AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring The future is bright: The class of 2017 is making their mark on the leaderboard. In the Girls Division Jaravee Boonchant of Bangkok, Thailand sits in a tie for second place while Beth Lillie of Fullerton, California, is tied for fourth. The rising juniors are well represented in the Boys Division as well starting at the top of the leaderboard with Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana. Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake, California, and Eddy Lai of San Jose, California, sit in a four-way... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Landon Pederson, AJGA Communications Champions for the inaugural KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational will be crowned following the final round. In the hunt are Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, and Hailee Cooper of Montgomery, Texas. Goodwin leads the Boys Division at 5-under-par 139, holding a four-stroke lead and seeking his third AJGA career title. Cooper remains atop the Girls Division leaderboard at 2-under-par 142 and seeks her fifth AJGA win. Along with the normal Boys and Girls Division champion, an overall team champion will be decided following the final round. The top eight cumulative Boys and Girls Division... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Landon Pederson, AJGA Communications First-round scores | FJ Live Scoring Coming off a win last week at the Insperity Invitational AJGA Junior Championship hosted by Patrick Reed, Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, carded a 4-under-par 68 in the first round of the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational to take a two-stroke lead in the Boys Division. Goodwin, 15, looks to use his first-round lead to help capture his third AJGA career victory. Ranked 84th in the Polo Golf Rankings, Goodwin also won the 2014 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star with a tournament-total score of 13-under-par 200. The top... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Shannon Dudzinski, AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring 1. The back nine on the Crosswater Course played harder than the front. Hole 18 played as one of the toughest on the course, yielding only four birdies and one eagle. 2. After Wednesday's second round, players will attend the Rolex Dinner of Champions. The highlight of the dinner will be the presentation of the USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award to Hannah Berman and Nick Leibold. 3. Maddie Rose Hamilton is tied for the lead going into the second round. Hamilton will look to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Kelsie Berke, AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring 1. Players to watch: Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, is No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and will return to the tournament field for the fourth time. Lee looks to repeat after her victory at the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Spencer Soosman of Westlake Village, California, is returning to the Rolex Tournament of Champions for the second time. Soosman is currently No. 9 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Angel Yin of Arcadia, California, is currently No. 2 in the Polo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By: Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications 2015 Masters Champion and 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Jordan Spieth, made history at Chambers Bay as he became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open since 1923. The 21-year-old finished with a tournament total of 5-under-par 275, simultaneously becoming the sixth player in history to win two majors in the same year, following legendary predecessors Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. He's been lining up (and making) putts for as long as we've known him. Big congrats on your #USOpen win, Jordan! pic.twitter.com/e8cC4WYtqk — AJGA (@AJGAGolf) June 22, 2015 “Yeah,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By: Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications AJGA alumnus and PGA TOUR legend, Phil Mickelson, finished T3 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Although Fabian Gomez was triumphant, Mickelson carded eight birdies in his final round en route to a tournament total 8-under-par 272. Fellow AJGA alumni, Michael Thompson and Brooks Koepka also finished T3, followed by Billy Horschel at T8. On the LPGA TOUR, seven-time AJGA champion, Inbee Park, claimed her third victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, with a 19-under-par 273 at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. “It feels amazing,” Park... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Roseanna Smith (@AJGASmith) and Laura Fellwock, AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring By Roseanna Smith (@AJGASmith) and Laura Fellwock, AJGA Communications The Rolex Girls Junior Championship gathers the top 72 female players from around the world in a showdown for one of junior golf's most impressive launching points into the next level. CONTENDERS: The 24th champion to be crowned in the event's history will hoist her trophy in just a few hours on the back patio of The Country Club of North Carolina and join the list of prestigious past champions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at AJGA Blog
By Chris Richards (@AJGARichards), AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring Three players from North Carolina made the 54-hole cut, which fell at 18-over-par. Stephen Franken (Raleigh) moved into a tie for fifth after shooting a third-round 71. He is 1-over-par for the tournament, just four strokes off Charles Huntzinger, who leads at 3-under-par. “It’s meant a lot to play well this week,” Franken said. “Playing at Sedgefield is pretty homey to me. I’m a McConnell member [Raleigh Country Club], so it’s pretty special to play at a great course and great tournament.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Kelsie Berke, AJGA Communications A tradition at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship is a players-only dinner after the second round. The dinner offers a chance for the girls to have fun with a photo booth and learn from a guest speaker. This year, the guest speaker was former AJGA employee Ann Cain. Cain has worked nearly 22 years as player promotion executive for women’s golf at the Acushnet Company, where she has built and maintained relationships with AJGA alumna in her travels to top women’s golf events on the LPGA Tour, as well as college, amateur and junior tours.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Sam Burns, 2014 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Editor's Note: Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana, playing in his second PGA TOUR start of 2015, will reflect on his experiences playing in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, June 11-14. Burns received an exemption to play in the event after earning 2014 honors as Rolex Junior Player of the Year. No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and No. 4 amateur in the World Golf Rankings will begin his college career at LSU in the fall. Pre-Tournament thoughts It has been such a fun week so far getting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Chris Richards (@AJGARichards), AJGA Communications YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Tournament website | FJ Live Scoring Thursday is cut day at Sedgefield Country Club. The low 60 scores and ties will advance and play in Friday's final round. Through two rounds, players at 12-over-par or better fall within this cut line. Follow hole-by-hole FJ Live Scoring. Stephen Franken of Raleigh leads the quartet of North Carolina players in the field. Franken recorded four birdies en route to a second-round 69, and his even-par total of 140 has him tied for sixth at the midway point of the tournament.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman) and Kelsey Marini, AJGA Communications Won Jun Lee and Benjamin Shipp carded rounds of 4-under-par 66, and they will begin Wednesday's second round with a two-shot lead at the FJ Invitational. After a front nine with several opportunities to gain strokes, holes 10-18 evened the score during the first round. Six of the nine hardest holes on the course could be found on the back nine, including the two toughest holes, Nos. 14 and 18. Follow FJ Live Scoring and see how the back nine plays during Wednesday's second round. Local favorite Reilly Erhardt is playing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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It was a memorable week in the world of women’s amateur golf as six-time AJGA champion, Sierra Brooks, and Clemson University commit, Ana Paula Valdes, claimed titles at the WSGA Amateur Championship and Women’s Porter Cup. Brooks, a Wake Forest verbal commit, added another victory to her repertoire as took home top honors at the 100th WSGA Amateur Championship defeating Madison Lellyo, a Rollins College freshman, at Sara Bay Country Club, in Sarasota, Florida. Brooks secured her win after she holed a 2-foot putt on No. 14 defeating Lellyo, 5 and 4. She is currently No. 4 in the Polo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Preston Smith, AJGA Communications Hale Irwin knows a thing or two about the short game. His 50-foot birdie putt to send the 1990 U.S. Open to a playoff is one of the signature moments in the event’s history. Twenty-five years later, he can still put on a show. Following the practice round at the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior presented by MusclePharm (#HaleIrwinJr), Irwin spoke to the juniors before putting on a short-game clinic at CommonGround Golf Course’s Community Putting Green. He took questions and demonstrated both chipping and putting in front of a gallery of approximately 200 juniors,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By: Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship wrapped up June 1, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, with eight teams advancing to the match play final and Southern Methodist University’s Bryson Dechambeau winning the individual stroke-play title. Thirty-seven of the 40 players who advanced to match play and all of the players who finished in the individual top 10 are AJGA alumni. Dechambeau defeated Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, a native of Bradenton, Florida, by one stroke in a close battle that culminated on No. 18. Dechambeau finished under par each day and came... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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By Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications Seventeen-year-old Joshua Sedeno secured a two-stroke victory over AJGA alumnus Cameron Champ on May 25 at the Memorial Amateur to become the youngest winner in the event's 18-year history. Sedeno, a current AJGA junior and Southern Methodist University commit, had a three-shot lead going into the final round over Champ, the defending champion. "It means a lot because it's a local event," said Sedeno, who is a junior at Del Oro High School. "A lot of my friends who have gone off to college now have played and won this so it's just awesome to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at AJGA Blog
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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 May 26, 2015 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
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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
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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
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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 Web.com 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