Aug. 20, 2013

Weekend Wrap-up (August 19)

Patrick Reed
went toe-to-toe with fellow AJGA alumnus Jordan Spieth at the Wyndham Championship and won on the second playoff hole. Both players were tied atop the leaderboard with scores of 14-under-par 266 at the end of 72 holes.
With the victory, Reed collected his first win on the PGA TOUR to hold off 20-year-old Spieth’s quest to become the youngest two-time champion in history. After his five-hole playoff victory at the John Deere Classic in July, Spieth became the youngest PGA TOUR winner in 82 years.
Two top finishers with AJGA ties were two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Brian Harman and John Hu, tied at third with scores of 12-under 268.
In 2008 and 2009, Spieth played in the FJ Invitational, an AJGA event usually contested at Sedgefield Country Club under many of the same conditions as the Wyndham Championship, and secured finishes inside the top six both times. Reed competed in the event in 2006 and 2007 but both he and Harman, who won the FJ Invitational in 2004 with a 50-foot birdie putt, competed at Forest Oaks Country Club where the event was hosted from 2004-2007. 
Huh played in six events and collected four top-20 finishes from 2006-2007.
Reed earned seven top-10 finishes in AJGA competition. He won the 2005 True Temper / David Gossett Junior Championship (pictured during the awards ceremony) and was a member of the 2006 Wyndham Cup East Team. A semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur, Reed competed at Augusta State University where he became a two-time national champion. 

Solheim Cup
Over the weekend, decorated AJGA alumni competed at Colorado Golf Club for a share in the coveted Solheim Cup. European phenom Charley Hull helped Europe to sweep the weekend, 18-10 in the event’s largest margin ever. Hull captured headlines for defeating Paula Creamer in singles matches before asking for her autograph.
The two also have in common their participation in the PING Junior Solheim Cup: Creamer was the first AJGA player to move from the junior ranks to the professional stage in 2005. Hull competed for PING Junior Solheim Cup Team Europe in 2011 when then-U.S. Team captain Meg Mallon led the American junior girls to retain the title, 12-12.
There were 13 past PING Junior Solheim Cup participants who made the transition to the 2013 Solheim Cup teams including: Creamer, Hull, Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson, Caroline Hedwall, Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Beatriz Recari, Caroline Masson and Carlota Ciganda.
Lizette Salas played with the AJGA from 2005-07 and was a second-team Rolex Junior All-American. Stacy Lewis’ best showing was a T4 finish at the 2002 Aaron’s / Bob Estes Abilene, while Cristie Kerr was the 1995 Rolex Junior Player of the Year. ‘
In other crossover news, former AJGA Tournament Director Courtney Jones was the 2011 American assistant captain for PING Junior Solheim Cup and spent the 2013 season recruiting as the head women’s golf coach at Oklahoma State. AJGA Tournament Sponsor Annika Sorenstam served as the 2013 assistant captain for Team Europe and has sponsored the ANNIKA Invitational since 2009.

U.S. Amateur
Champion Matt Fitzpatrick defeated fellow AJGA alumnus Adam Ball of Richmond, Va., in the quarterfinals, 4&3. Fitzpatrick played in just one AJGA event, The Junior PLAYERS Championship in 2011, while Ball made appearances in 2007 and 2008, his best finish was T13 at the 2008 Junior All-Star at Petersburg.
After his win at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in July, Scott Scheffler was hot news on Twitter, when he orchestrated a fourth come-from-behind victory in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals. Despite an ace on No. 7 in his quarterfinals match against Brady Watt of Australia, Scheffler fell 1-up, and began his senior year of high school classes this week.
Walker Cup
The United States Golf Association announced the final-five members of the United States’ 2013 Walker Cup Team which includes four AJGA alumni. Jordan Niebrugge, Nathan Smith, Michael Weaver and Bobby Wyatt join previously named U.S. Walker Cup Team members Max Homa, Michael Kim, Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett.

The Walker Cup Match is contested every two years and pits teams of not more than 10 male amateurs against each other in a United States vs. Great Britain and Ireland. This 44th contest will be played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., where the first Walker Cup Match was played in 1922.

United States Team Junior Highlights
Max Homa of Valencia, Calif., finished among the top-five in four AJGA events during his career.

Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., finished first at the 2008 Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek and earned Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention honors as well as a spot on the Wyndham Cup’s West Team in 2010.

Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis., was a two-time AJGA champion and Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention in 2011.

Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., won three times during his AJGA career, including back-to-back victories at the 2008 and 2009 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. In 2009, Thomas also won the FJ Invitational and collected Rolex Junior All-America honors in 2009 and 2010. Thomas was a member of the 2010 Wyndham Cup East Team.

Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind., collected one win in his AJGA career and was twice named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American and Rolex Junior All-American. Rodgers went 3-1-0  as a member of the 2010 Wyndham Cup East Team.

Nathan Smith of Brookville, Penn., competed in four AJGA events between 1994-97.

Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., was a two-time AJGA champion and competed for the West Team in the 2009 Wyndham Cup.

Cory Whitsett of Houston, Texas, was a four-time AJGA Champion and three-time Rolex Junior All-American. A member of the Wyndham Cup West Team in 2007 and 2008, Whitsett went undefeated in 2008 in four matches.

Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., tallied three AJGA victories and was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2009 as well as an honorable mention in 2008.

The GB&I team:
Matthew Fitzpatrick
, 18, of Hallamshire, Yorkshire, England
Nathan Kimsey, 20, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England
Gavin Moynihan, 18, The Island, Dublin, Ireland
Max Orrin, 19, North Foreland, Kent, England
Kevin Phelan, 22, Waterford Castle, County Waterford, Ireland
Garrick Porteous, 23, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England
Rhys Pugh, 19, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales
Neil Raymond, 27, Corhampton, Hampshire, England
Callum Shinkwin, 20, Moor Park, Hertfordshire, England
Jordan Smith, 20, Bowood, Wiltshire, England.

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