Newsmakers: April 24, 2006

College Round-up

The University of Georgia took home top team honors last week at the Men's SEC Championship. However, Brent Stegmaier of the University of Florida took home the top individual honors. He finished the three day event with a 5-under-par 205. He was one of many AJGA alumni to top the leaderboard at the championship.

The top-10 finishers can all claim an extensive AJGA background. In second was the 2003 and 2004 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Brian Harman. The Georgia freshman finished one shot behind Stegmaier. Chris Kirk of Georgia and Matthew Swan of Alabama tied for third at 3-under-par. Tied for fifth were Florida's Matt Every and Georgia's Kevin Kisner at 2-under-par. In a three-way tie for seventh were Florida's Billy Horschel and James Vargas and Georgia's Richard Scott. Rounding out the top ten was Stuart Moore of Auburn.

The ACC also held its championship over the weekend. Georgia Tech's Cameron Tringale took home individual medalist honors with a 10-under-par 206. Kyle Reifers of Wake Forest finished one stroke behind alone in second. Tied for third were Brian Duncan of Clemson and Robert Riesen of North Carolina. Ted Smith of North Carolina finished in fifth at 7-under-par. In a three-way tie for sixth, Duke's Ryan Blaum, North Carolina's Chase MacFarland and North Carolina State's Nathan Spoon all finished at 6-under-par. Rounding out the top 10 were Taylor Hall of Georgia Tech, David May of Clemson and Chris McCartinof Wake Forest. North Carolina also took home the top team honors.

Auburn's Maria Martinez helped lift her team to its second medalist honor in two weeks. Her 9-under-par bested teammate Nicole Hage by one stroke at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.

Other AJGA Alumni in Men's College Golf...

Charleston Southern's Shawn Hall took home medalist honors last week at the Big South Conference Championship. Dustin Johnson finished in third to help lift Coastal Carolina to top team honors...Loyola Marymount was the top team at the West Coast Conference Championship. Brian Locke finished first at 6-under-par to lead them to this honor...Princeton earned team medalist honors at the Ivy League Championship. Their top finisher was Jason Gerken who finished alone in fourth at 6-over-par. Larry Haertel of Brown finished at 4-under-par to take home individual honors. Chris Condello of Columbia and D.J. Hynes of Harvard finished tied for second...Denver's Charlie Soule earned individual honors last week at the Bruce Fossum Spartan Invitational. Drew Allenspach's fourth place finish was the top finisher for Indiana who took home the team honors...Georgia Southern earned team honors at the Southern Conference Championship led by Bryan Jones and Drew Bowen, finishing second and third respectively. Matt Cook of Western Carolina earned individual honors...Bucknell's Charles Waddell finished first and led his team to top honors at the Patriot League Championship...Niagara's Don Bryson's 10-over-par lifted himself and his team both to top honors at the Cape May Invitational...Brent Long of Western Kentucky earned medalist honors at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Western Kentucky took home team honors in a playoff over North Texas and South Alabama...Lamar's Casey Clendenon's second place finish helped the team earn medalist honors at the Southland Conference Championship.

Other AJGA Alumni in Women's College Golf...

Lene Krog of East Carolina finished even-par to earn herself and her team medalist honors at the Conference USA Championship...Taryn Durhamof Middle Tennessee earned medalist honors over Denver's Katie Kempter in a playoff at the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Denver took home the team honors...Pepperdine earned team medalist honors at the West Coast Conference Championship. Jayvie Agojo finished first and Carolina Llana came in second to bring the team to victory...Ashley Knoll of Texas A&M earned medalist honors at the Big 12 Conference Championship. Texas A&M also earned the top team honors...Meaghan LeBlanc of Bradley, Missy Linnens of Missouri State and Samantha Richdale of Illinois State shared medalist honors at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Bradley took home the team title...UNLV's Da Sol Chung won in a playoff over Mikaela Backstedt and Py Bengtsson of New Mexico to earn medalist honors at the Mountain West Championship. UNLV took home team honors...Yale's Cindy Shin's second place finish at the Ivy League Championship lifted her team to the team honors.