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April 17, 2017

TOUR Highlights: April 17

Schniederjans (second from left) and Cantlay both finished in the top five at the 2010 CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.

PGA TOUR

RBC Heritage

Former Rolex Junior All-Americans Patrick Cantlay and Ollie Schniederjans battled throughout the week to finish T3 at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Cantlay, who finished runner-up at the Valspar Championship in March, shot a 4-under-par 67 during the final round to jump from 10th to T3. The former Jack Nicklaus Award winner carded six birdies during the final round and finished the week with an 11-under-par 273. Before attending UCLA, Cantlay competed in numerous AJGA events and was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American twice. His lone AJGA victory came at the 2008 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior.

Sunday's T3 finish was the fourth top-10 finish for Schniederjans in 2017 and his best finish on TOUR. The Georgia Tech alumnus started the final round with back-to-back birdies and carded three more on the front-nine en-route to a 2-under-par 69 on the day. Schniederjans earned his TOUR card after winning the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour in 2016. Like Cantlay, Schniederjans also competed in several AJGA events as a junior, winning the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic and playing on the 2010 Wyndham Cup East team. Schniederjans was also a member of the 2010 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team. Before turning professional, both Schniederjans and Cantlay spent time as the top-ranked amateur in the world.

Other AJGA alumni and tournament host highlights:

  • T6: JJ Spaun 
  • T9: Three-time AJGA champion Bud Cauley and two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Brian Harman

 

 

LPGA TOUR

LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey

Cristie Kerr earned her first win on the LPGA Tour since 2015 after finishing the LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey at a 20-under-par 268. Kerr shot a 10-under-par 62 during the third round to get into contention and tallied six birdies in the final round to claim the title. While playing with the AJGA, Kerr had a sensational year in 1995, winning three AJGA events and being named Rolex Junior Player of the Year. She also won her first professional event that year, taking home a win at the Symetra Tour's Ironwood FUTURES Classic as an amateur. Since Kerr turned professional in 1996, she's amassed 19 wins and was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Other AJGA alumni and tournament host highlights:

  • 5thAlena Sharp
  • T7: Current tournament host Stacy Lewis and two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Ariya Jutanugarn
  • T9: Two-time honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American Danielle Kang and 2007 Wyndham Cup East Team member Cydney Clanton