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June 3, 2013

Weekend wrap-up (June 2)

NCAA Men’s Golf
University of California Berkeley senior Max Homa took home the individual medalist honors at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Homa’s 9-under-par 201 and bogey-free final round of 4-under-par 66 gave Cal its first NCAA individual title.

In 2012, Homa finished T9 at the NCAA Championship. He leads Cal in all-time top-10 finishes at the NCAA tournament with two. Homa also won the individual title at the Pac-12 championship to lead Cal to its second consecutive Pac-12 title. In his AJGA career, Homa posted six top-10 finishes.

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide won their first NCAA men’s golf national title on June 2, defeating the University of Illinois, 4-1 in match play. All five players from the Crimson Tide’s  match-play roster and four of the five players from the Fighting Illini’s roster, graduated from the AJGA.

Bobby Wyatt pushed Alabama to a big early lead, going 7-up through seven holes. The dominating performance culminated with a chip-in for birdie on the 13th hole, winning the match 6 and 5 over Illinois’ Trey Detry. This season, Wyatt posted five top-five finishes and a career total of 16 top-10s. Wyatt, a three-time AJGA champion and a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, ended his AJGA career at No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Alabama’s second team point came with Trey Mullinax going 1-up on Charlie Danielson after a back-and-forth battle that ended with Mullinax’s par and Danielson’s bogey on the 18th hole. This season, Mullinax posted his first top-place finish at the Savannah Quarter Individual and holds four top-20 finishes in his collegiate career. As a junior, Mullinax finished in the top-10 in two out of three starts. ­

Illinois’ Thomas Pieters defeated Justin Thomas 1-up in a close match; Thomas never fell more than one point behind. This season, Thomas brought in two victories for a total of six in his collegiate career to set an Alabama record. Thomas had an impressive junior career as well: the three-time winner and two-time Rolex Junior All-American represented the United States at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup.

The Crimson Tide’s third point came on the 16th hole when Scott Strohmeyer made par to win 3 and 2 over Brian Campbell. His best finish this season was T3 at the Aggie Invitational, bringing his career top-three total to three.

Minutes after Scott’s win on the 16th, Cory Whitsett halved the 16th against Alex Burge to stay at 4-up and win the championship-clinching team point. Whitsett, the 2012 and 2013 Elite 89 winner, led the Crimson Tide with a scoring average of 70.84 this season. He recorded two individual titles in 2013 to bring his career total to five. As a junior, Whitsett, a three-time Rolex Junior All-American, compiled four career AJGA wins and 19 top-5 finishes.

PGA TOUR
Matt Kuchar shot a 4-under-par 68 on June 2 at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, beating fellow AJGA alumnus Kevin Chappell to win with a 12-under-par 276. With this victory, Kuchar became the second multi-event winner in 2013.

Kuchar competed in AJGA events from 1994-1996, earning Rolex Junior All-America honors twice. He collected 6 top-10 performances, including a runner-up at the 1994 Bluegrass Junior Invitational.

 
A three-time All-American at Georgia Tech, Kuchar earned honors during his collegiate years including ACC Player of the Year and the Fred Haskins Award winner in 1998. He is second on the Yellow Jackets all-time career wins list with seven victories.
 
Web.com Tour
Michael Putnam used the momentum from his victory last week to win the Mid-Atlantic Championship. Putnam shot a 2-under-par 68 to win the tournament at 7-under-par 273.

During his junior career, Putnam recorded four top-five finishes, including back-to-back runner-up finishes at the PING Langdon Farms Junior Classic in 2000 and 2001.

Before turning professional in 2005, Putnam played for Pepperdine University where he was a three-time All-American and a recipient of the Byron Nelson Award.