December 5, 2005
Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu,
Hawaii, went undefeated last week at the John A. Burns
Challenge Cup. The team format pitted amateurs versus
professionals at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Lanikai,
Hawaii. After his second place finish at the 2005 Polo
Golf Junior Classic, Fujikawa was ready to make his
mark on the tournament. Although the professionals came
out victorious for the tournament, the 14-year-old was
able to keep his winning ways alive by topping 41-year-old
Philip Chun. Fujikawa was the youngest golfer to ever
play in the event’s 33-year history. Next, he
will try to become the youngest player to qualify for
a PGA Tour event when he will play for an exempt spot
for the Sony Open in Hawaii.
LPGA Qualifying School wrapped up Sunday
with AJGA alumni making a strong showing at the top.
Of the 24 players receiving fully exempt status for
the 2006 season, 16 are former AJGA members. Libby
Smith was the highest finisher, coming in tied
for second. 2004 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Julieta
Granada tied for sixth with the 2005 Rolex
Junior Player of the Year Morgan Pressel.
Brooke Tull, Katie Futcher,
Kate Golden, Diana Ramage,
Louise Stahle, Meredith Duncan,
Allison Hanna, Alena Sharp,
Angie Rizzo, Jessica Reese-Qualye,
Karin Sjodin, Christi Cano
and Brittany Lang rounded out the rest
of the fully exempt AJGA alumni.
The PGA TOUR Qualifying School Tournament
finished Monday with 20 AJGA alumni earning their 2006
PGA TOUR card. John Holmes earned medalist
honors finishing the week at 24-under-par. He is joined
by 1999 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Hunter
Mahan. Others finishing in the top ten are
Nicholas Thompson, D.A. Points,
Nick Watney, Michael Allen,
Will MacKenzie and Robert Garrigus.
John Engler, Jeff Overton,
Bubba Dickerson, Ron Whittaker,
Ryan Hietala, Brian Bateman,
Alex Aragon, Mike Sposa,
Danny Ellis, Michael Connell,
B.J. Staten and Bill Haas
complete the list of AJGA alumni earning their card
for next season. The top 30 players and ties (32 total)
received their 2006 PGA TOUR card.