Feb. 25, 2013
It was a battle between AJGA alumni during the championship match at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship as Matt Kuchar defeated defending champion Hunter Mahan, 2 and 1.
Kuchar competed in AJGA events from 1994-1996, earning Rolex Junior All-America honors twice. He collected 11 top-10 performances, including runner-up finishes at the 1995 ClubCorp Junior Championship and the 1994 Natural Resources Partners Bluegrass Junior.
An All-American at Georgia Tech, Kuchar earned honors during his collegiate years including ACC Rookie of the Year in 1997 and the Fred Haskins Award in 1998. His success is tied for second on the Tech career list with Stewart Cink and Charlie Rymer for five-career collegiate victories.
Inbee Park shot a five-under-par 67 for a one-stroke victory over reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year Ariya Jutanugarn at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Park finished the tournament at 12-under-par 206.
It was the fourth LPGA Tour win for Park who most recently won the 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October.
Before turning professional in 2007, Park recorded eight career AJGA wins from 2001-2005, including the 2002 Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the 2003 Rolex Tournament of Champions. The five-time Rolex Junior All-American and 2002 Rolex Junior Player of the Year won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008, making her one of five women in history to win both the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and U.S. Women’s Open.
Kevin Foley earned his first career victory at the Web.com Tour’s season opener with a tournament 8-under-par 272 for a one-stroke victory over Matthew Goggin at the Panama Claro Championship.
Foley recorded four top-10 AJGA finishes, including a tie for second at the AJGA Richmond Junior. He signed with Penn State University where he collected four collegiate victories and in 2009 he capture the title at the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament.
Former Rolex Junior All-American Jaclyn Sweeney won the Symetra Tour’s season-opening VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic with a 7-under-par 209 for the tournament. Sweeney closed with a 5-under-par 67 for a two-shot victory over Alena Sharp.
During her junior career, Sweeney recorded nine top-10 AJGA finishes, highlighted by a T9 finish at the 2007 Rolex Girls Junior Championship. In 2007, Sweeney made a quarterfinal appearance during match play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
After earning All-America honors during her freshman season at Oklahoma State, Sweeney joined the Sun Devil squad at Arizona State where she was a member of the 2009 NCAA Championship Team and collected four top-10 finishes.