By Preston Smith, AJGA Communications
Two AJGA alumni tied for second at the 2014 U.S. Open, marking the third straight year that an alum has finished second or higher. Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler each shot a final-round 72 to finish at 1-under-par 279 at the 114th U.S. Open, held in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Both players jumped to the top of the leaderboard after third-round 3-under-par 67s. Compton and Fowler each notched 13 birdies on the weekend, while Compton added an eagle in the third round on No. 5.
From 1994-98, Compton collected six top-10 finishes while with the AJGA, including a victory at the 1998 TaylorMade Pineisle Junior Classic. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American was named the Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1998 before attending the University of Georgia in 1999.
Fowler, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, competed with the AJGA from 2004-06. He accumulated 12 top-10 finishes in 13 AJGA events. He won the 2006 CB&I Boys Championship and the 2004 Nike Golf Junior at Louisville before attending Oklahoma State University.
AJGA alum Madison Pressel earned her first professional win on the Symetra Tour at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic Presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Park District. Pressel defeated fellow AJGA alum Ashley Tait in a one-hole playoff after they tied at 6-under-par 210.
Pressel totaled 10 top-10 finishes in her junior career from 2004-09, including a runner-up showing at the 2008 Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands. The 22-year-old sister of LPGA player and AJGA alum Morgan Pressel played collegiately for the University of Texas where she was named Big 12 Player of the Year and selected to the All-Big 12 Team in 2011.
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