Weekend wrap-up (October 29)


Sixteen AJGA alumni received 2013 PGA TOUR cards at the Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch. TOUR cards were awarded to the top 25 players based on their season-ending finish on the money list.

Casey Wittenberg (No. 1) won the 2000 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2002 Thunderbird International Junior. He tallied 13 top-five finishes in national competition and was named Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2001 before signing with Oklahoma State University. During his collegiate career, Wittenberg reached the finals of the 2003 U.S. Amateur, but fell to Nick Flanagan after 37 holes. He also made history at the 2004 Masters, where his even-par 288 finish was the lowest score by an amateur at the event since 1962.

Luke Guthrie* (No. 2) had a successful junior career highlighted by a third-place finish at the 2007 Rolex Tournament of Champions and a win at the 2007 Rand Graphics-Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Championship, the Rolex Junior All-American signed with Illinois. Guthrie led the Fighting Illini to four consecutive Big Ten team titles. In 2012, he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year after winning the individual Big Ten title for the second year in a row.

Russell Henley* (No. 3) competed in three AJGA events during his junior career, including the 2006 FJ Invitational. His AJGA career was highlighted by a T4 finish at the 2006 Golf Pride Junior Classic. He won two Georgia Amateur titles (2008 and 2009), finished fourth at the 2010 Porter Cup and posted a seventh-place finish at the 2010 Southern Amateur. Henley found success at the University of Georgia, where he matched the school record for college wins (seven) and received the 2010 Haskins Awards during his junior season.

Luke List* (No. 4) competed in AJGA events from 1999 to 2003. His junior career consisted of six top-10 AJGA finishes, including a runner-up showing at the 2002 PING Junior at Trophy Lake. Before signing his National Letter of Intent with Vanderbilt, he was named a two-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2002 and 2003. While competing for the Commodores, he earned First-Team All-Southeastern Conference honors and was a semi-finalist at the U.S. Public Links Amateur Championship, where he was defeated in the semifinals by champion and Vanderbilt alumnus Brandt Snedeker.

James Hahn* (No. 5) competed in five AJGA events between 1996-1998, culminating with a strong showing at the 1998 Polo Golf Junior Classic. Hahn placed fourth in the 12-14 age division at the 1996 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior. In 1998, Hahn posted a top-five finish at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior Classic and advanced to the quarterfinals match at the Polo Golf Junior Classic where he fell to eventual champion, Hunter Mahan. Following his AJGA career, Hahn competed at the University of California – Berkeley.
Shawn Stefani* (No. 6) made eight appearances in AJGA tournaments from 1998 to 2000. Stefani’s best showing was at the 1999 AJGA Chrysler Junior Classic where he tied for 22nd. He found success at Lamar University where he capped his collegiate career with three top-10 finishes.

Robert Streb* (No. 7) compiled four top-10 AJGA finishes throughout his junior golf career, including his win at the 2004 OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. His victory in 2004 earned him honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America accolades before he signed with Kansas State. Streb continued to find success at the collegiate level, where he became the first freshman Wildcat ever to advance to the NCAA Championship in 2005.

Ben Kohles* (No. 8) was a 2008 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American. He competed in six AJGA events before playing college golf at Virginia. The former Cavalier was named ACC Player of the Year as both a sophomore and a junior and holds the record at Virginia for most individual career wins.

Paul Haley II*, (No. 12) began his AJGA career in 2001 at the Junior All-Star Classic at Midland. During his six seasons with the AJGA, Haley collected 13 top-ten finishes and two AJGA Championships at the 2004 Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior and 2004 Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship. In the same year, Haley earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors. Haley ended his career with a T2 showing at the PING Junior at The Woodlands and ninth place showing at the Thunderbird International Junior which earned him a Rolex Junior All-America Team honorable mention. Haley continued his golf career at Georgia Tech where he won the 2011 ACC Championship.
Andres Gonzales (No. 14) competed in three AJGA seasons and included a personal best finish of fourth at the 2000 PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten. In 2001, Gonzales finished among the top 10 with a ninth place showing at the Junior Championship at Trophy Lake. Gonzales competed at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for three seasons.
Lee Williams* (No. 16) competed in the 1999 TaylorMade Pine Isle Junior Classic. Following his junior career, Williams competed at Auburn University where he finished T5 at the 2002 SEC Championships and runner-up at the 2003 NCAA Championships.

Morgan Hoffman* (No. 19) notched four AJGA victories while competing at the junior level from 2003 to 2008, including the 2006 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2007 Junior PLAYERS Championship. His performances earned him first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors in 2007, before capping his junior career with a win at the 2008 Houston Boys Invitational at Redstone presented by HP and Administaff (now named the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods). Hoffman signed with Oklahoma State University, where he was named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. His best finish with the Cowboys was a runner-up showing at the 2009 PING/Golfweek Invitational.

Andrew Svoboda* (No. 21) played in five AJGA events during his junior career with his best showing coming at the 1997 ClubCorp Junior Championship where he tied for second. He played collegiate golf at St. Johns University.
Nicholas Thompson (No. 22) is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American. He was victorious at the 2000 AJGA Shell World Golf Village Junior Championship. In addition to his win, the two-time Rolex Junior All-American achieved seven top-10 finishes before signing with Georgia Tech.
Doug LaBelle II, (No. 24) played AJGA events from 1987 to 1993, earning eight top-five finishes including a victory at the 1992 Wakonda Junior Classic and a T3 showing at the 1992 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. The third-team Rolex Junior All-American continued his golf career at the University of New Mexico before turning pro in 1998.

Jim Herman (No. 25) made his lone AJGA appearance at the 1996 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. He went on to play collegiate golf at the University of Cincinnati before turning professional in 2000.

*will be first-year member of the PGA TOUR in 2013.


Nick Watney fired a course record 10-under-par 61 at The MINES Resort & Golf Club on the final day of competition to win The CIMB Classic, Oct. 25-28, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 22-under-par victory will not add to his PGA TOUR record, which includes five TOUR titles, as the tournament will not become an official PGA TOUR event until next season.

Watney made one AJGA appearance at the 1999 Las Vegas Founders’ Legacy, where he tied with Ryan Moore for 16th. He went on to the collegiate level, becoming a three-time All-American at Fresno State University.