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Social Recap presented by True Temper: July 19, 2022

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Professional Recap

AJGA alumnus Cameron Smith earned his third win this year at The Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

The Australian kicked off his week with six birdies and one bogey to card a 5-under-par 67, which left him three shots behind his AJGA fellow Cameron Young, who took the lead after 18 holes. Smith finished a flawless second round of 8-under-par 64, to climb up the leaderboard with six birdies and an eagle to take a two-shot lead into the weekend.

The 28-year-old struggled on moving day, shooting a 73 with a double bogey on par-4 No. 13, and got pulled four shots behind the leaders Rory McIlroy and Victor Hovland. Smith was still three strokes behind when he made the turn in the final round; however, he stole the show from McIlroy with five birdies in a row from No. 10 through No. 14, and fired a birdie at No. 18 to secure his first major win at The Open.

During his junior career, Smith tied for 23rd at the only AJGA tournament he played, the 2010 Thunderbird International Junior.

AJGA alumnus Paul Haley II claimed his second Korn Ferry Tour title at the 2022 Memorial Health Championship presented by LRS since his last victory in 2012.

The competition was fierce at Panther Creek Country Club, where Haley carded 6-under-par 65 and 4-under-par 67 in his first two rounds, but still four shots behind the 36-hole leader, his AJGA fellow Austin Eckroat.

The 34-year-old concentrated on his own game to card a bogey-free round at 10-under-par 61 with an eagle on No. 18 to finish his 54 holes. With one shot behind into the final round, Haley was determined to close out his week with another bogey-free round at 7-under-par 64 to earn his second win after 10 years.

The Georgia Tech alum participated in AJGA tournaments between 2001-2006. He competed in 18 AJGA tournaments and won two titles in 2004, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior and Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship.

AJGA alumnae Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas paired up as Team Youth On Course and won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland Country Club on July 16.

The Americans shot a solid 2-under-par 68 in Wednesday foursomes with four birdies and two bogeys, and kicked it up a notch in Thursday four-ball, carding a 9-under-par 61 which led them to the second with three shots behind the leading team.

Team Youth On Course stayed strong in Friday foursomes, earning a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 to top the leaderboard with a four-stroke lead. Kupcho and Salas closed out their week with a 9-under-par 61 in the four-ball for a five-stroke win.

Salas competed in 14 AJGA tournaments between 2005-2007, with three runner-ups in 2006. Kupcho finished at T3 at the only AJGA tournament she played, the 2015 AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior.

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