After six years and 179 starts on TOUR, Kevin Chappell broke through with his first PGA TOUR victory on April 23, a one-shot win at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Chappell tallied a birdie on the 72nd hole of the tournament to finish at 12-under-par 276. Chappell competed with the AJGA in 2004 before playing collegiate golf at UCLA. He went on to win the NCAA Individual Championship and the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top male collegiate golfer in 2008.
Chappell held off a charge from another AJGA alum for the victory. Brooks Koepka, a 2007 Rolex Junior All-American, carded a final-round 7-under-par 65 to put the pressure on Chappell. Koepka won in his second AJGA tournament at the 2005 Ashworth Junior at Highland Oaks.
TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course is the host of the Valero Texas Open as well as the Valero Junior Texas Open, a top Open event on the AJGA’s schedule.
Other AJGA alumni and tournament host highlights:
- T3: Two-time Rolex Junior All-American Kevin Tway
- T6: Cameron Smith, Ryan Palmer and three-time Rolex Junior All-American Brian Gay
- T10: Three-time AJGA champion Bud Cauley
A pair of accomplished AJGA alumnae finished T2 behind Hannah Green at the Sara Bay Classic in Sarasota, Florida. Princess Superal and Benyapa Niphatsophon each finished at even-par 216, two strokes back of Green. Superal won the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship while Niphatsophon topped the Girls Division field at the 2014 Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic.
Current AJGA member Kanyanat Saithip of Nakhonratchasima, Thailand, earned a spot in her first professional tournament through the Sara Bay Classic Qualifier. Saithip, who finished T3 at the AJGA Girls Junior at Disney on April 16, held off fellow AJGA competitor Jaravee Boonchant of Thailand, on the second hole of a playoff to earn entry.