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Newsmakers: July 30, 2007

Junior Round-up

Cory Whitsett

Cory Whitsett of Houston, won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, defeating fellow Texan Anthony Paolucci 8 and 7. Whitsett had birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 and parred Nos. 8, 10 and 11 in the morning portion of the 36-hole match play final to turn a 2-up deficit to a 3-up advantage. He finished with five birdies and just two bogeys in becoming only the second lefty to ever win the championship.

Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., captured the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, defeating Ayaka Kaneko of Honolulu, 4 and 3. The match was tied after the first 18 holes, but Park went 1-up on the 19th hole and never let the lead slip. The 14-year-old is the fourth-youngest winner in the championship's history.

Amateur Round-up

Brian Harman, the 2003 and 2004 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, won the Porter Cup with a 22-under-par 258, shattering the previous tournament scoring record by seven strokes. The University of Georgia junior defeated former Bulldog teammate Chris Kirk by nine strokes.

Alison Walshe defeated Jenny Suh 3 and 2 to capture the North & South Women's Amateur.

Professional Round-up

Jim Fuyrk defended his title at the Canadian Open, firing a final-round 7-under-par 64 to claim a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh. Furyk started the day three strokes back of Singh, but he captured the lead with two birdies on his first three holes and a hole-in-one on the fourth hole.

Ronald Thatcher shot a final-round 6-under-par 65 to capture the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic. Thatcher shot all four rounds in the 60s for his second Nationwide Tour victory.

 

*AJGA members & alumni denoted in bold.