Weekly junior golf round-up

By Ajga StaffAugust 28, 2010, 1:06 am

Emerson Junior Golf Classic
Maderas Golf Club (Poway, California)

Jonathan Sanders of Chatsworth, Calif., made a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to edge Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for the Boys Division championship at the Emerson Junior Golf Classic. Having won his previous two AJGA starts, Hossler erased a one-shot deficit with a final-round 70 and posted a 4-under-par 212 to force the playoff. For Sanders, the win was his second AJGA top 10 of the season.

Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., tied the women’s course record at Maderas Golf Club with a final-round 5-under-par 67 to claim an eight-shot victory at 5-under-par 211. Her win comes one month after her victory at the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst. Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., finished second at 3-over-par 219, and Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., placed third at 5-over-par 221.

AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa
Kingsmill Resort & Spa (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Tyler Wingo of Fairfax, Va., made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to edge out Evan Russell of Essex Junction, Vt., for the win at the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa. Wingo posted a 5-under-par 208 to secure his first AJGA victory by one shot.

In the Girls Division, Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., used a bogey-free 4-under-par 67 to overcome a two-shot deficit and claim the win by a four-shot margin. The Princeton-bound Shon has three career AJGA victories and eight top-five finishes since 2007. Daniela Lendl of Vero Beach, Fla., finished second with an even-par 213.

Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch
Marshallia Ranch Golf Course (Vandenberg AFB, California)

Lawrence Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., claimed his first AJGA win after posting a 4-under-par 212 total at the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch. Tae Wan Lee of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finished second at 3-under-par 213, while Lawrence Tu of Irvine, Calif., took third at 2-under-par 214.

Minjia Luo of San Diego finished her last Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star series event with a win. Birdies on Nos. 1 and 4 helped Luo protect her second-round lead and led to a final-round 3-over-par 75. Luo's 2-over-par 218 total was one shot better than Jocelyn Chia of La Crescenta, Calif.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.