Aug. 21, 2012

Weekend wrap-up (August 20)

Sergio Garcia at the 1998 Marsh Junior at Apawamis.

Sergio Garcia claimed his sixth PGA TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship, held Aug. 16-20, at Sedgefield Country Club. The victory marks Garcia’s first TOUR win since 2008 when he won THE PLAYERS Championship.

Garcia earned several prestigious achievements during his junior career. In 1995, he became the youngest player to win the European Amateur. He went on to win the British Boys Amateur Championship (1997) and the British Amateur Championship (1998). Garcia played in two AJGA events and was named honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 1998 after winning the Marsh Junior at Apawamis.

AJGA alum Shawn Stefani claimed his first Tour victory at the Midwest Classic presented by Cadillac, held Aug. 16-19. Stefani entered the final hole tied with fellow alum Russell Henley and made birdie to win by two strokes and post 17-under-par 267.

The rookie competed in eight AJGA tournaments from 1998-2000, recording top-25 finishes in three. Stefani went on to compete at Lamar University, where he appeared in every tournament his sophomore through senior years.

Following his victory at the Midway Classic presented by Cadillac and a T9 finish at the Panama Claro Championship in March, Stefani is ranked 12th on the money list and is in good standing to earn his PGA TOUR card this season.

Former University of San Diego player Jake Yount won the 109th Northern California Golf Association Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill, besting Eric Ash, 6 and 4. Yount is the first post-collegiate player to win the championship since Matt Bettencourt in 2001.

Yount captured two top-10 AJGA finishes, including a tie for eighth at the 2005 PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten. During his collegiate career, Yount posted four top-10 performances, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Kaua’I Collegiate.  In 2008, he was named the WCC Player of the Year after winning medalist honors at the WCC Championships in a sudden-death playoff.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, who competed in the 2011 The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, was victorious at the 36-hole final of the 86th British Boys Amateur Championship at Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club. The 17-year-old from England defeated Wales’ Henry James, 10 and 8. Since winning the North of England Under 16 Open in 2010, Fitzpatrick went on to capture a top-10 finish at the European Young Masters. Earlier this year he won the Selborne Salver.





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