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Aug. 6, 2012

Weekend wrap-up (August 4-5)

Keegan Bradley earned his first PGA TOUR victory of the season, and third of his career, at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC. Bradley shot a 6-under-par 64 during the final round to defeat Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk by one stroke.

Prior to his professional successes, Bradley competed in 11 AJGA events, winning the 2004 Lessing’s AJGA Classic and earning Rolex Junior All-American honors. Upon graduating from St. John’s in 2008, Bradley turned professional. He has recorded eight PGA TOUR top-10 finishes, including victories at the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship and PGA Championship.

J.J. Henry, who played in four AJGA events from 1991 until 1993, earned his second PGA TOUR career victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open hosted at the Montreux Golf and Country Club.  Henry won the event, which uses modified Stableford scoring, by one point. The victory earned Henry a place in the PGA Championship field later this week.

Ben Kohles recorded a second professional victory at the Cox Classic. Of the rounds he has played as a professional, the 2008 Rolex Junior All-American has completed all eight under par. The two-time ACC Player of the Year competed in six AJGA events in 2007 and 2008, recording four top-25 finishes. Just one win away from a promotion to the PGA TOUR, Kohles will compete in the field at the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Aug. 9-12.

Four strokes back going into the final six holes, Jacyln Sweeney birdied four holes to capture her first Symetra Tour victory at the Credit Union Challenge at Capital Hills Golf Course of Albany, N.Y. The Arizona State graduate played in AJGA events from 2003-2007, recording nine top-10 finishes and earning the distinction of honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2007.

Chris Williams followed up his record 16-under performance at last year’s Western Amateur with not only a new record of 17-under-par 271, but a victory at this year’s event. Williams, a rising senior at Washington, played in the 2008 Emerson Junior Golf Classic and TEE UP Junior Challenge, finishing in the top-25 at both.

In his first appearance as an AJGA alum, Cody Proveaux shot 13-under-par 267 to record a victory at the South Carolina Amateur Championship.  Before sinking the putt that allowed the East team to retain the Wyndham Cup in July, the 2011 Rolex Junior Player of the Year competed in 14 AJGA events from 2010-2012 and won the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic.