Newsmakers: April 8, 2009

Women’s College Golf

Three AJGA alumni captured individual tournament victories last weekend, while two others proved to be tough competition. Megan McChrystal of Louisiana State University led her No. 9 ranked team to a victory, while finishing first individually with a 1-under-par 215 at the Bryan National Collegiate in Brown Summit, N.C. McChrystal earned her second collegiate individual golf title this year. Abby Bools of East Carolina and Nannette Hill of Wake Forest University tied for second at 2-over-par.

At the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate in Oxford, Miss., Dori Carter (University of Mississippi) and Linn Gustafsson(Tulane University) finished the day at 1-over-par 217. Carter defeated Gustafsson in a sudden-death playoff on the fourth hole where she birdied to capture her first tournament victory. Gustafsson’s performance aided Tulane’s 11-stroke victory over Ole Miss. Gustafsson posted a low single-round score of 69 in the final round.

Men’s College Golf

Taylor Floyd led Augusta State University to a 13-stroke victory at the Administaff ASU Invitational in Augusta, Ga. The home team finished at 36-under-par while Floyd posted an impressive 14-under-par 202. Floyd garnered his first collegiate win, and ASU recorded back-to-back tournament victories after winning the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Tuesday, March 31. Derek Rende of Chattanooga was a close second with 10-under-par. Chattanooga finished second at 23-under-par and Kent State rounded out the top three at 21-under-par.

Zach Barlow of the University of Illinois carded a 2-under-par 211 victory at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.V., leading his team to a 3-over-par total and the victory. Following close behind Barlow with a 1-under-par finish was Sebastian MacLean of Xavier University and Alberto Fernandez of Cincinnati ended the event with a 1-over-par finish.

Professional Round-up

The PGA traveled to Humble, Texas, last week for the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course. Paul Casey defeated J.B. Holmes with a bogey on the first playoff hole. Both players finished regulation at 11-under-par. Fred Couples, Henrik Stenson and Nick O’Hern completed the event tied for third at 9-under-par. Casey, a native of England, earned his first tournament victory in the U.S.

The LPGA held the Kraft Nabisco Championship last weekend at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., home of the AJGA’s ClubCorp Mission Hills Junior. Brittany Lincicome finished at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under-par. Tied for a close second were Kristy McPherson and Cristie Kerr at 8-under-par. Current AJGA member Alexis Thompson was the low amateur, finishing at 2-over-par 290.