Stacy Lewis held a Q&A session at her AJGA event, the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open, held in June.
By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications
AJGA alumna and tournament host Stacy Lewis earned runner-up honors at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Despite shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the final round, winner Mi Jung Hur matched Lewis stroke for stroke to steal the top spot.
Lewis competed in nine AJGA tournaments as a junior, with her best showing being a tie for fourth at the 2002 Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior. Following her junior career, she attended the University of Arkansas and was a four-time All-American and the 2005 SEC Freshman of the Year. Lewis now partners with KPMG to host the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open.
Following the Web.com Tour Championship, AJGA alumni Derek Fathauer, Zac Blair and Jason Gore, along with 29 additional alumni all earned their PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. Fathauer, Blair and Gore finished first through third, respectively at the championship, held at TPC Sawgrass. The win was the first of Fathauer’s professional career. In 12 combined rounds between the three, 11 were under par.
Fathauer competed in AJGA events from 2002-03 compiling two top-10 finishes. Before turning professional in 2008, Fathauer attended the University of Louisville where he became the first Cardinal to earn All-America honors.
Blair played AJGA golf from 2005-09, earning Rolex Junior All-America honors in 2008. His best finish was runner-up at the 2008 Golf Pride Junior Classic, in addition to four top-10 performances. Blair also competed for the West at the 2009 Wyndham Cup. He continued his career at BYU from 2009-13, winning four events.
Gore’s junior career spanned 1988-92, where he compiled five top-10 finishes, including back-to-back runner-up showings at the 1989 and 1990 Edgewood Tahoe Junior Classic. He competed for the University of Arizona Wildcats before transferring to Pepperdine, where he was part of the NCAA Division I Championship team. After he played for the winning U.S. Walker Cup team in 1997, Gore turned professional.
In Daytona, Florida, AJGA alumna Demi Runas was runner-up at the Symetra Tour Championship Presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after a one-hole playoff. Her performance was enough to earn her LPGA Tour card.
Runas played junior golf from 2006-09, amassing eight top-10 finishes. She went on to compete for the University of California Davis from 2009-12, where she was named Big-West Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons before turning professional in 2014.
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