By Layne Saliba, AJGA Communications
Ollie Schniederjans won the Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna on Sunday after a three-man playoff with Colin Morikawa and J.J. Spaun. Schniederjans is the youngest player to win on the Web.com Tour this season and the third rookie to win in 2016. The victory moves him from No. 14 to No. 3 on the money list with $245,713.
Schniederjans competed in 12 AJGA events and had nine top-10 finishes with a win at the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic. He was a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2010 before attending Georgia Tech where he was named ACC Player of the Year during his junior and senior year.
The International Crown rosters have been set and the AJGA has players on six of the eight teams. Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis will represent the No. 2-seeded United States team, Ayaka Watanabe will represent No. 3 Japan, Minjee Lee will represent No. 4 Australia, Candie Kung and Ssuchia Cheng will represent No. 5 Chinese Taipei, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn will represent No. 6 Thailand and Simin Feng will represent No. 8 China.
Combined, these nine players won 23 AJGA tournaments as juniors.
Yani Tseng and Shanshan Feng will also take part in the International Crown, representing Chinese Taipei and China, respectively. Although they are not members of the AJGA, they both recognize the importance of junior golf and, in turn, host their own tournaments. Tseng will host her event, the Yani Tseng Invitational presented by Swinging Skirts on July 5-8 in Pleasanton, California, while Feng will host hers, the AJGA Shanshan Feng Junior Championship, in August in Chico, California.
Candie Kung and Morgan Pressel had their best finishes of the season after tying for second place at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, while Moriya Jutanugarn finished T4. Kung and Pressel shot 14-under-par 199, three strokes back of the winner, while Jutanugarn carded a 13-under-par 200.
Stacy Lewis also competed and finished T25. She made it to the tournament after spending time at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational, an event she hosted at Blessings Golf Club in nearby Johnson, Arkansas.
During the second round of the BMW International Open, Sergio Garcia carded an ace on the 11th hole. He would end up finishing T5 at 10-under-par 278, coming from T40 after the first round. Although his golf performance helped him finish within the top-five, Garcia’s dance moves are what helped him win the internet.
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As an AJGA player, Garcia won the J&H Marsh & McLennan Apawamis Junior in 1998. He was also named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American during the same year.
Bill Hass finished T3 at Quicken Loans National, an event that he won just three years ago. This year, he shot a 13-under-par 271 while Webb Simpson came in sixth at 10-under-par 274.
During his AJGA career, Hass won the 1998 AJGA Greensboro Chrysler Junior and was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American. Simpson was a four-time Rolex Junior All-American and won the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in 2001.
Nine AJGA alumni were named to the PING All-America first team including University of Texas golfer Beau Hossler, who has played in three U.S. Open Championships, and University of Georgia golfer Lee McCoy, who finished T4 at this year’s Valspar Championship.
Also included on the PING All-American first team:
- Charlie Danielson – University of Illinois
- Sam Horsfield – University of Florida
- Maverick McNealy – Stanford University
- Matthew NeSmith – University of South Carolina
- Jon Rahm – Arizona State University
- Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt University
- Robby Shelton – University of Alabama
- Aaron Wise – University of Oregon
Sean Maruyama won the Western Junior Championship as one of the youngest players in the field at 16 years old. He finished the tournament with a 10-under-par 278. He held the second- and third-round lead and was able to ultimately earn the title with a two-stroke victory.
Maruyama has eight top-20 finishes as an AJGA player. His best performance came at the 2016 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior where he came in third place. The UCLA verbal commit is No. 88 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Jillian Hollis won the Women’s Western Amateur after a 2-up decision in a 36-hole final against 15-year-old Mikhaela Fortuna at Dayton Country Club.
Hollis, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, played in 18 AJGA events as a junior and won two. She was selected a first team Rolex Junior All-American in 2014 and was a Leadership Links participant in 2014 and 2015 as well.