Newsmakers: June 10, 2008
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Newsmakers: June 10, 2008

Amateur Roundup

The 55th Sunnehanna Amateur took place at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa., June 5-8. Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State became the fourth player in history to win back-to-back titles at this event. Fowler was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s and finished five strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Daniel Woltman of Kentucky. Zach Sucher of UAB will also go down is history for his record breaking 9-under-par 61, in the third round of the tournament.

Last season, Fowler was named a first-team All-American as a freshman at Oklahoma State. He received the Ben Hogan Award as top collegiate/amateur player and the Phil Mickelson Award as freshman of the year. He finished No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and No. 3 in the Golfweek/Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings. Fowler will also be participating in the U.S. Open this week

Amanda Blumenherst

Lucy Nunn of the University of Arkansas won the Women’s Southern Amateur played at The Club of Kingwood June 2-6. She defeated Lindy Labauve 3 and 2 in the final round. Nunn follows fellow Arkansas teammate, Stacy Lewis, who won the event in 2007.

College Roundup

Amanda Blumenherst was named Golfweek’s College Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Blumenherst, a junior at Duke, boasts an overall record of 985-15-6 in 11 events this season. She also finished No 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and received NGCA Player of the Year honors for the third time.

Out of 50 players to receive Golfweek’s All-American Team honors, 38 were former AJGA players including:

First Team

Maria Hernandez, Jr., Purdue
Tiffany Joh, Jr., UCLA
Stacy Lewis, Sr., Arkansas
Azahara Munoz, Jr., Arizona St.
Belen Mozo, Soph., USC
Anna Nordqvist, Soph., Arizona St.
Jaclyn Sweeney, Fr., Oklahoma St.
Maria Jose Uribe, Fr., UCLA
Alison Walshe, Sr., Arizona

Second Team

Cydney Clanton, Fr., Auburn
Taylore Karle, Fr., Pepperdine
Pernilla Lindberg, Jr., Oklahoma State
Lizette Salas, Fr., USC
Caroline Westrup, Jr., Florida State
Jessica Yadloczky, Fr., Florida
Glory Yang, Fr., UCLA

Third Team

Sara Brown, Sr., Michigan State
Valentine Derrey, Soph., TCU
Kathleen Ekey, Jr., Alabama
Maude Aimee Leblanc, Fr., Purdue
Jennie Lee, Jr., Duke
Sydnee Michaels, Soph., UCLA
Whitney Myers, Sr., Florida
Benedicte Toumpsin, Soph., S. Carolina
Hannah Yun, Fr., Florida

Honorable Mention

Dori Carter, Jr., Mississippi
Tiffany Chudy, Sr., Florida
Mari Chun, Jr., Stanford
Katie Kempter, Jr., Denver
Laura Kueny, Soph., Michigan State
Jennifer Pandolfi, Sr., Duke
So-Hyun Park, Fr., Notre Dame
Ashley Rollins, Sr., Texas
Natalie Sheary, Fr., Wake Forest
Stephanie Sherlock, Soph., Denver
Marci Turner, Sr., Tennessee
Sarah Zwartynski, Fr., Texas A&M

Kevin Chappell of UCLA received several awards this season including the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Jack Nicklaus Award as national player of the year, and the Arnold Palmer Award, given to the medalist at the national championship.  He earned medalist honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships, the Pac-10 Championships and the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate. Chappell was also named a first-team All-American.

Sixty players received Division I Ping All-American Honors including 50 former AJGA players. These formers players include:

First Team

Kevin Chappell, Sr., UCLA
Rickie Fowler, Fr., Oklahoma St.
Rory Hie, Soph., USC
Sihwan Kim, Fr., Stanford
Jamie Lovemark, Soph., USC
Webb Simpson, Sr., Wake Forest
Michael Thompson, Sr.,Alabama

Second Team

Chesson Hadley, Soph., Georgia Tech
Russell Henley, Fr., Georgia
Jonathan Hodge, Sr., Chattanooga
Billy Horschel, Sr., Florida
Adam Mitchell, Jr., Georgia
Ryan Spears, Sr., Wichita St.
Zach Sucher, Jr., UAB
Hudson Swafford, Soph., Georgia

Third Team

Harris English, Fr., Georgia
Derek Fathauer, Sr., Louisville
Erik Flores, Jr., UCLA
Aaron Goldberg, Sr., San Diego St.
Rob Grube, Sr., Stanford
Charlie Holland, Fr., Texas
Henrik Norlander, Fr., Augusta St.
Kevin O’Connell, Fr., North Carolina

Honorable Mention

James Allenby, Sr., Oregon St.
Mark Anderson, Sr., South Carolina
Chris Baker, Sr., Iowa St.
Joey Benedetti, Sr., Oregon
Ryan Brehm, Sr., Michigan St.
Matt Cook, Sr., Western Carolina
Ignacio Elvira, Fr., Texas A&M
Kevin Foley, Soph., Penn St.
Matthew Giles, Fr., USC
Tom Glissmeyer, Jr., USC
Matt Hill, Fr., N.C. St.
Jesper Kennegard, Fr., Arizona St.
Andrew Landry, Jr., Arkansas
Trent Leon, Jr., Oklahoma St.
David Markle, Sr., Kent St.
Michael McRae, Sr., St. Mary’s (Calif.)
Jason Millard, Fr., Middle Tennessee
Jay Moseley, Sr., Auburn
Corey Nagy, Soph., Charlotte
David Palm, Jr., San Diego St.
Andrew Putnam, Fr., Pepperdine
Adam Rainaud, Sr., Louisville
Kyle Stanley, Soph., Clemson
Matthew Swan, Jr., Alabama
Kevin Tway, Fr., Oklahoma St.
Mike Van Sickle, Jr., Marquette
Trent Whitekiller, Soph., Oklahoma St.