TOUR Highlights: May 1



Cameron Smith and partner Jonas Blixt survived an inspired comeback from Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in a playoff. After Kisner chipped in for eagle to force the playoff on Sunday night, Smith hit an approach shot inside five feet on the fourth hole of the playoff before sinking the birdie putt on Monday morning.

The win was Smith’s first on the PGA TOUR and comes almost seven years since he last competed with the AJGA at the 2010 Thunderbird International Junior. Kisner was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American with the AJGA from 2001-02, while Brown last played with the AJGA in 1999.

Other AJGA alumni highlights:

  • 3: Kelly Kraft and two-time Rolex Junior All-American Kevin Tway
  • 4: Ryan Palmer and 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Jordan Spieth
  • T5: Bud Cauley, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Patton Kizzire, Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka, Justin Thomas, Nick Watney and Bubba Watson


Haru Nomura outlasted two accomplished AJGA alumnae to earn a win at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout presented by JTBC. Cristie Kerr, the 1995 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, made the only birdie of the day at the par-3 17th to force a playoff before falling on the sixth playoff hole.

Other AJGA alumni highlights:

  • 3: Three-time Rolex Junior All-American Jessica Korda
  • T5: Minjee Lee and 2015 ANNIKA Invitational champion Angel Yin Tour

Matt Atkins, who played with the AJGA in 2008, earned his first win on the Tour with a tournament-total 17-under-par 271. Atkins enjoyed a bogey-free final round on Sunday while locking up the three-stroke victory.

Other AJGA alumni highlights:

  • T5: Austin Cook, a member of the 2009 Wyndham Cup West Team

Symetra Tour

A pair of AJGA alumnae came up just short of a victory at the Symetra Classic behind champion Nanna Koerstz Madsen. Local Mariah Stackhouse, a former Player Representative on the AJGA Board of Directors, finished T2 at 9-under-par 207. Daniela Darquea, champion of the 2013 AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes, matched Stackhouse at 9-under-par.

Other AJGA alumni highlights:

  • 4: Cindy Lacrosse
  • 5: Benyapa Niphatsophon