Azahara Munoz competed at the Thunderbird Junior Invitational in both 2004 and 2005, finishing inside the top 10 both years.
By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications
AJGA alumni showed up in force at the RBC Canadian Open, claiming five of the top six spots on the leaderboard. Tim Clark won the event, followed by Jim Furyk in second and Justin Hicks in third, while Matt Kuchar and Michael Putnam tied for fourth. Furyk led by three strokes entering the final round before Clark posted a 5-under-par 65 to secure his second career victory by a stroke.
In his sole AJGA appearance, Clark competed at the 1993 Las Vegas Founders' Legacy Junior where he finished ninth.
Furyk played in AJGA events from 1986-88. He put together nine top-10 finishes including a victory at the 1987 CB&I Boys Championship. The 1987 first-team Rolex Junior All-American went on to play college golf at the University of Arizona, where he was an All-American twice and led the Wildcats to an NCAA title in 1992.
In his AJGA career spanning 1987-88, Hicks played in 11 events, with his best finish coming at the 1988 Fairway Oaks Junior Championship where he was runner-up. He competed for the University of Michigan before turning professional in 1997.
At the inaugural LPGA International Crown, 18 of the 32 players from eight countries – United States, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Spain, Sweden, Australia and Chinese Taipei – competed in AJGA events as juniors. Team USA featured an all-AJGA alumnae team of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr, while the victorious Spanish foursome consisted of AJGA alumnae Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo, Carlota Ciganda and Beatriz Recari.
Munoz competed in the Thunderbird International Junior twice, finishing sixth in 2004 and second in 2005. Munoz represented Europe in the 2002, 2003 and 2005 PING Junior Solheim Cups, with a 2-7-0 record. After graduating from Arizona State in 2009, Munoz turned professional and was named 2010 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Mozo also competed in the Thunderbird Invitational Junior twice, winning in 2004 and returning in 2005 to finish T29. She was a member of Team Europe in two PING Junior Solheim Cups in 2003 and 2005, going 2-4-0.She competed for the University of Southern California from 2006-10 before turning professional.
Ciganda and Recari were also members of the 2005 European PING Junior Solheim Cup team. Ciganda played on the 2009 Arizona State team with Munoz that claimed the 2009 NCAA Championship.
Beau Hossler played AJGA golf from 2008-12, winning four events and earning Rolex Junior All-America honors three times from 2010-12.
Class of 2013 alum Beau Hossler and 2011 alum Denny McCarthy were the runners-up at the 56th Porter Cup, finishing one stroke behind champion Geoff Drakeford.
Hossler was a four-time AJGA champion and three-time Rolex Junior All-American. He won the 2009 Chateau Elan Junior All-Star presented by Fellowship of Christian Athletes, back-to-back wins at the 2010 Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst and the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Open, and the 2012 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. As a freshman at Texas, Hossler competed in all 13 events, helping the Longhorns win the Big 12 Championship. He was also named to the All-Big 12 squad and was Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
McCarthy competed with the AJGA from 2008-10, winning the 2008 Junior All-Star at St. Petersburg. He collected six top-10 finishes and was a Rolex Junior All-American in 2010. He signed with Virginia where he was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2012. As a Cavalier, he was also named to the All-ACC team twice.