AJGA alumni Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, California, won The 149th Open Championship at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. At just 24 years old, Morikawa now has two major victories and three additional wins on the PGA TOUR. His first major victory came less than a year ago at the 2020 PGA Championship. Morikawa finished the weekend with a tournament total of 15-under-par 265, giving him a two stroke victory over fellow AJGA alumni Jordan Spieth. With his win, Morikawa became just the seventh person in history to win The Open in their debut.
Morikawa was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2013 and 2014, earning first-team honors in 2013. The University of California, Berkeley golf alum's highest AJGA tournament finish was runner-up at the 2010 Aldila Junior All-Star. He had eleven additional top-ten AJGA tournament finishes from 2010 to 2015. Morikawa was also a member of the Wyndham Cup West team in 2013 and 2014.
Seamus Power of Waterford, Ireland, won the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He shot a tournament total of 21-under-par 267, including a 7-under-par 65 in the first round. Power defeated J.T. Poston in a six-hole playoff to capture his first PGA TOUR victory.
The highest placing AJGA alums were Patrick Rodgers, Mito Pereira, and Luke List at T5. Rodgers, Pereira, and List all shot a tournament total of 19-under-par 269. Rodgers, who played college golf at Stanford University, had one AJGA tournament victory at the 2009 SAP Junior Open. He was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2009 and 2010. Pereira competed in AJGA tournaments from 2009 to 2013. His highest finish was T6 at the 2009 Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier. List, who played college golf at Vanderbilt University, earned his highest AJGA tournament finish at the 2001 AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman where he was runner-up. He was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2002 and 2003.
AJGA alums Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan. The sisters shot rounds of 67-59-71-59 for a tournament total of 24-under-par 256 in the team event. The first and third rounds were played as alternate shot and the second and fourth rounds were played as better ball. The Jutanugarns recorded 11 birdies in the final round to capture the title by three strokes.
Ariya Jutanugarn had a very successful junior golf career. She won four AJGA tournaments including the 2011 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic, 2012 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, and 2012 Thunderbird International Junior. She was a three time first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, she was Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Moriya Jutanugarn also had a successful AJGA career. She won the 2011 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club and had nine additional top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments from 2010 to 2012. Jutanugarn was a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2011.
AJGA alumni Taylor Moore of Edmond, Oklahoma, won the Memorial Health Championship presented by LRS at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois. Moore shot a tournament total of 27-under-par 257, including a course record 11-under-par 60 on Saturday, to claim his first win on the Korn Ferry Tour. This victory also allowed Moore to secure his PGA TOUR card for the 2021-22 season.
Moore, who played college golf at the University of Arkansas, played in AJGA tournaments from 2008 to 2012. During that time he had twelve top-15 finishes. In 2010 and 2011, Moore was a Rolex Junior-All American.
AJGA alumna Emma Broze of Nervieux, France, won the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic at Brook Lea Country Club in Rochester, New York. Broze shot a tournament total of 8-under-par 132 to earn her first victory on the Symetra Tour. She defeated fellow AJGA alumna Rachel Rohanna by one stroke. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes after rain left the course unplayable.
Broze's sole AJGA tournament appearance came at the 2013 Polo Golf Junior Classic where she finished T53. Rohanna played in AJGA tournaments from 2005 to 2009. The Ohio State University golf alum was the champion at the 2008 AJGA Junior at New Castle and had six additional top-10 finishes as a junior.
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