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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 2 days ago 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
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Stacy Lewis held a Q&A session at her AJGA event, the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open, held in June. By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications LPGA Tour AJGA alumna and tournament host Stacy Lewis earned runner-up honors at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Despite shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the final round, winner Mi Jung Hur matched Lewis stroke for stroke to steal the top spot. Lewis competed in nine AJGA tournaments as a junior, with her best showing being a tie for fourth at the 2002 Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior. Following her junior career, she attended the University... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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The AJGA is kicking off the application for Spring and Summer #AJGAInternship positions by heading to career fairs at colleges and universities across the country. Meet the team of 23 full-time staff members who will be attending these fairs! Kathleen Adame Marketing Coordinator Intern Year: 2013 Began Full Time: 2014 School: University of Oregon Fairs Attending: University of Georgia, University of Oregon Blake Brittain Manager of Performance Based Entry Intern Year: 2010 Began Full Time: 2011 School: University of Alabama Fairs Attending: University of Alabama Casey Ceman Regional Director, West Intern Years: 2008, 2009 Began Full Time: 2010 School: UC... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Billy Horschel competed in AJGA events from 2003-05, with his best finish at the PING Junior at Mirasol in 2005 By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR At the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, AJGA alum Billy Horschel took home the tournament win and the FedEx Cup title, while fellow alum Jim Furyk collected his fourth runner-up finish of the year. This was Horschel’s second victory in as many attempts, claiming the BMW Championship title in Colorado one week earlier. Furyk’s performance was good enough to land him fourth in the FedEx Cup Rankings. Horschel compiled six top-20 finishes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Chris Kirk earned medalist honors at the 2002 Polo Golf Junior Classic on his way to Rolex Junior All-America honors. By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR Chris Kirk won the Deutsche Bank Championship for his second PGA TOUR win of the season, after claiming The McGladrey Classic in November 2013. He finished two strokes ahead of fellow alumni Russell Henley and Billy Horschel, as well as Geoff Ogilvy. Kirk competed in AJGA events from 2001-03, where he won the 2003 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Château Élan and the 2002 Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Katie Bonneau, AJGA Communications The Bethesda Country Club When the Bethesda Country Club Corporation purchased the current site from the Washington Aviation Country Club in 1947, it was a 156-acre plot of land consisting of a clubhouse, two tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, and was sold for $360,000. The 81 original members of the Bethesda Country Club joined forced to create the beautiful country club that it is today. Previously in the club’s history, it was called the Montgomery Country Club, which was converted into the National Women’s Country Club. The members of the club were first ladies,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Communications Interns Sofia Pettersson & Paula Toth A real PGA TOUR experience It is not a coincidence that The Junior PLAYERS Championship is many juniors’ favorite tournament on the AJGA schedule. The event is in many ways unique and provides the players a true PGA TOUR experience. The set-up of TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is as identical as can be to the PGA TOUR’s THE PLAYERS Championship. The juniors will play the course at 7,215 yards and with the same hole locations as the professionals, giving them a true TOUR test. Traditions From the moment you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Noël Couch, Communications Intern Golf is a sport of mind, body, and soul. Players must keep steadfast focus through 18 holes of play and several days of a tournament. They’re required to fire their arm, leg, and core muscles simultaneously in order to hit the ideal shot. And passion, enthusiasm, and dedication are certainly a must. A spectator can watch the game and acknowledge players hitting a great shot or making a long putt, but it’s the small, detail-oriented aspects of the sport that make the difference between a good player and a great player. The AJGA hosts many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Kathleen Adame (@AJGA_U), AJGA Communications Deciding where to go to college is hard enough without thinking about the application system and more importantly how to finance your college education. AJGA ‘U’ and Wells Fargo have teamed up to help you navigate this complex process with the Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS® article series. The series of articles consist of three distinct categories; preparing for college, the cost of college and credit. These articles will help prospective students feel more comfortable with the financial aspect of college. “Preparing for college” is a group of articles geared towards students in their junior and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Hunter Mahan posed with Executive Director Stephen Hamblin after winning the 1998 Polo Golf Junior Classic. By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR AJGA alum Hunter Mahan won The Barclays after firing a final-round 6-under-par 65 to finish with a tournament-total 14-under-par 270. He finished two strokes ahead of fellow alum Cameron Tringale, who tied for second. The Barclays was held at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, only minutes away from Arcola Country Club, the site of the AJGA Junior hosted by Morgan Hoffmann held Aug. 11-14. Mahan played AJGA golf from 1997-2000, with a breakout year in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Reserve the course The Reserve at Spanos Park hosted an AJGA event for the seventh year in a row. Located in Stockton, Califorina, the course has been a key stop during the summer season since 2008. The golf course was designed by Andy Raugust. The Reserve at Spanos Park is owned by Alex Spanos. If you are an NFL fan, you might recognize his name as the owner of the San Diego Chargers. Future of golf This section isn’t talking about the latest and greatest technology in golf. It’s about the future golfers helping grow the game. The Stockton Convention... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Paula Toth, Communications Intern Once Upon a Time Volunteers are a huge aspect of the AJGA and help ensure our events run as smoothly as they can. This week, we had some help from the Mansour sisters, who all helped out each day during the event. The eldest sisters Catherine and Elizabeth came out during the final round to follow the leader girl groups as standard bearers. The youngest sister, Julia, lent a hand during the first round running scorecards. During the first round weather delay, 8-year-old Julia got an inside look at tournament headquarters and how much goes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Laney Mullaney and Sofia Pettersson, Communications Interns Cross training The Coca-Cola Junior Championship/Junior All-Star marked the last tournament of Intern Team 5’s schedule. In order to get the most out of the experience Communications Interns Laney and Sofia decided to join their operations teammates setting hole locations. Despite pouring rain and temperatures just over 50 degrees, Sofia and Laney were excited to expand their knowledge about the operations side of the internship. Although there is a constant but friendly competition between the operations and the communications interns in terms of who finishes first and whose job is really the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Marvin Weinstein has volunteered with the AJGA for six years, but he is not what you might think of when you year the word volunteer. Marvin is an SRO, which is short for Senior Rules Official. It is his responsibility to be the final say on all rules and decisions at a golf tournament. His story does not begin with the AJGA, it goes back many more years. Twenty-four years ago, Marvin decided to become a rules official. He had always played golf and been interested in the game, but wanted to become more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at AJGA Blog