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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago at AJGA Blog
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By: Paula Toth, Communications Intern #UASpieth Jordan Spieth has been rising in popularity since becoming a pro golfer at the young age of 19. Since then, he has participated in several pro tournaments, winning the 2013 John Deere Classic (becoming the youngest winner of a PGA event in 83 years), tying for second in last year’s Masters, and recently being added to the upcoming Ryder Cup roster. He is becoming a household name and wowing the golf world with his talents. Not too long ago, he was playing in AJGA events, likely never dreaming he would be hosting his own... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications The junior golf world suffered a true loss on Friday, Aug. 8, as James Larry Conlee, founder of the top-ranked junior golf tournament the Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament, passed away. Conlee created the event in memory of his son James Larry “Bubba” Conlee, who died tragically during the peak of his junior golf career. Since 1980, Conlee has dedicated his life to serving junior golf and hosting the nation’s top talent to the “Bubba,” as the event was affectionately known. He opened his home to players and their families and welcomed college... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Competing for the East at the Wyndham Cup in 2002 and 2004 was only one of many accomplishments in the LPGA star's junior career. By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications LPGA Tour South Korean AJGA alumna Inbee Park defended her title at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship, defeating fellow alumna Brittany Lincicome in a one-hole playoff. The two finished at 11-under-par 277 as Park claimed her fifth major title on the LPGA Tour. In 2013, Park also won via playoff, besting Catriona Matthew of Scotland. Before turning professional in 2007, Park recorded eight career AJGA wins from 2001-05, including the 2002 Rolex... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Laney Mullaney and Sofia Pettersson, Communication Interns Get to know Morgan Hoffmann The former first-team Rolex Junior All-American Morgan Hoffmann hosted his first AJGA event in his home state of New Jersey – the AJGA Junior Hosted by Morgan Hoffmann. Hoffmann came out to Arcola Country Club Monday to meet with players and Junior-Am participants as well as celebrate his 25th birthday. Before attending Oklahoma State, Hoffman had an impressive AJGA career including four victories (2008 Houston Boys Invitational at Redstone presented by HP and Administaff, 2007 Junior PLAYERS Championship, 2006 Polo Golf Junior Classic and 2004 Nike Golf... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Landon Pederson, Communications Intern Home of NASCAR North Carolina is considered to some as the “Home of NASCAR.” More than 700 drivers have grown up in North Carolina, including Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. In fact, Earnhardt grew up in the city of Kannapolis, the host city of the 2014 IZOD AJGA Championship. A popular street in Kannapolis, Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, was named after the racing legend. His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., currently resides in North Carolina and is a member at The Club at Irish Creek. The Club at Irish Creek’s famed guest starter The AJGA staff had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications Networking, experience, teamwork and travel are four things you can expect when you do an internship with the AJGA. With only three weeks remaining in the summer season, AJGA interns are finishing their three-month journey across the country and at the AJGA National Headquarters. We asked them to reflect on their internship and what they took away from it. Networking "I was able to meet people in the golf industry from all over the country. I now have a better grasp of what it takes to work in golf and I've met a lot... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at AJGA Blog
By Noël Couch, Communications Intern The AJGA has a rich history of long-running tournaments it has hosted at the same clubs each year. Players reminisce on the years they have played in those events and remember the courses, the staff, and the clubhouses they have visited before. There is something special about those annual events, however, there is nothing as exciting as a first-time event. This year, the AJGA hosted an inaugural event at Butte Creek Country Club. The AJGA intern team six traveled to Chico, California, where the new event was held. The word defining the week was “exceptional.”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Michelle Hantak, Communications Intern Greenhills Golf Club The AJGA / CJGA Junior Championship was played at Greenhills Golf Club in London, Ontario, for the second year. London native Rene Muyalert designed the course that opened in 1975. The club has two courses, an 18-hole course and a nine-hole Academy course, as well as an indoor and outdoor tennis facility. Despite some heavy rainstorms, the maintenance staff and tournament staff worked extremely hard to make the course playable for the rest of the week. Partnership with the CJGA The American Junior Golf Association and Canadian Junior Golf Association have worked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Alums Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler (above) finished second and T3 at the 2014 PGA Championship, respectively. By Holly Sealey, AJGA Communications PGA TOUR Ireland’s Rory McIlroy secured his second straight major title with a one-shot victory over AJGA alum Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship. Mickelson finished second with a tournament-total 15-under-par 269. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American competed in AJGA events from 1985-89 boasting 12 victories, the most individual career titles ever held by an AJGA boy. Mickelson was a three-time champion at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and earned the coveted Rolex Junior Player of the Year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Paula Toth, Communications Intern Timarron Country Club Timarron Country Club was founded in 1994 and a year later the golf course opened. The club's name was derived from one of the original founders, whose son was named Timothy Arron, thus "Timarron" came to be. The course was designed by legendary PGA pro Byron Nelson; on No. 15 there is a tree sitting in the center of the fairway. This was Nelson's favorite hole, and others would insist on removing the tree, but he told them that if they moved the tree they could not associate the course with him,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Laney Mullaney and Sofia Pettersson, Communications Interns About Lessing’s Lessing’s, founded in 1890, is one of the Northeast’s leading names in food service management. The family owned and operated business has supported AJGA tournaments since 1999. However, this year marked the first time the Lessing’s AJGA Classic was played at an actual Lessing’s course as the company partnered with Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club about a years ago. Since then, the clubhouse has been updated to a state of the arts building hosting everything from weddings to golf outings. The renovation was finalized just six weeks before the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Michelle Hantak, Communications Intern Forest Lake Country Club Forest Lake Country Club was founded in 1926 and features an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, banquet hall and lake for member use. The course was designed by Arthur Hills, a graduate of the University of Michigan, who has designed over 180 new golf courses. Forest Lake Country Club has hosted the AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford for two years and hopes to continue their partnership with the AJGA for many years to come. Tournament Chairman Rich Lynch In 2012, Rich Lynch, the current... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Tim Jackman, AJGA Communications (@AJGAJackman) The "selfie" has taken over social media and many AJGA juniors have joined the craze by posting them at AJGA tournaments. There are the traditional selfies which consist of just one person, but then there are other categories. Check out the best #AJGASelfies from the year. The Group Selfie "Yani Selfie" Bethany Wu captured this moment at the Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts in June. The girls were thrilled to take a photo with the legendary Yani Tseng. "One West" The victorious West Wyndham Cup team took a moment to snap... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Sam Curtiss There's a first time for everything The LA Junior Open was a tournament that will go down in the AJGA’s history books. It was the first time in the 37-year history of the AJGA that we have conducted a tournament within the city of Los Angeles. Hillcrest Country Club played host to a tournament that was made-up of a field of nearly all fully exempt juniors, despite being an open event. Hillcrest Country Club is located in Los Angeles on Pico Boulevard. The club opened in 1920. The club was initially created for the Jewish community in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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Beau Hossler claimed his second AJGA title at the 2010 Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst. By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications Western Amateur Beau Hossler completed an impressive back-nine comeback to defeat fellow AJGA alum Xander Schauffele and earn the 112th Western Amateur Championship title. Going into hole No. 12 3-down, Hossler would claim six of the last seven holes to win 2-up at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Competing from 2008-12, Hossler notched 11 top-10 finishes including four victories. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American also competed for the West in the 2011 Wyndham Cup and earned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Landon Pederson, Communications Intern 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Ocala National Golf Club, the host site for the 2014 AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala – Marion Sports Commission, also served as the host course for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Known then as the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club, the course played at 6,173 yards and a par of 72. The tournament was the 17th USGA championship, seventh national women’s championship and third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur played in the state of Florida. Martha Leach of Hebron, Kentucky, won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship after defeating Laura... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By: Michelle Hantak and Brett Polachek, Communications Interns Parkville In Art Cathy Cline, Secretary for the Parkville in Art, painted a photo of the scenic No. 9 hole for an art auction being held at the National Golf Club of Kansas City in November. All proceeds will go to the Parkville in Art’s charity, Feed Northland Kids. Cathy has been working for Parkville in Art for four years and has been painting her entire life. She loves being able to paint pictures of Parkville to showcase her talent as well as promote her city. Cathy hopes to have over fifty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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When Senior Rules Official Gary Albin is on the course he is all business. He receives countless calls on the radio throughout each round with every golf ruling you could imagine. Whether a player wants cart path relief, a staff member wants to know exactly where to draw the out-of-bounds line, or an intern needs to know how many strokes a player should receive for a penalty, Gary is there to make the call! However, behind the man in the golf attire and nametag, there is a Marine Corps veteran with an affinity for doing things the correct way. Rewind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at AJGA Blog
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By Kyle Ginty, Communications Intern Where the Pros Play TPC Southwind, host of the AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper, is one of the few courses on the AJGA schedule that also hosts a PGA TOUR event. TPC Southwind has hosted the FedEx St. Jude Classic since 1989. AJGA alumni have won two of the last three events, with Harris English winning in 2013 and Dustin Johnson in 2012. While the pros played at 7,239 yards this year, while the AJGA Juniors are at 6,888 this week. Players warmed up like the pros, using the FedEx St. Jude... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at AJGA Blog