Hunter Mahan posed with Executive Director Stephen Hamblin after winning the 1998 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications
AJGA alum Hunter Mahan won The Barclays after firing a final-round 6-under-par 65 to finish with a tournament-total 14-under-par 270. He finished two strokes ahead of fellow alum Cameron Tringale, who tied for second. The Barclays was held at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, only minutes away from Arcola Country Club, the site of the AJGA Junior hosted by Morgan Hoffmann held Aug. 11-14.
Mahan played AJGA golf from 1997-2000, with a breakout year in 1999 where he won two AJGA events, the Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic. He was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American from 1998-2000 and was also named Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1999. Mahan went on to play for Oklahoma State, where he was two-time Big 12 Player of the Year 2002-03. His collegiate highlights also include eight career victories, a third-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championship and winning the Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins Awards in 2003.
Tringale’s junior golf career spanned just two years, 2004-05, where he tallied three top-10 finishes. His best finish came at the 2004 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic, placing T6 on his way to honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America honors. He went on to play golf for Georgia Tech where he collected four collegiate wins, including the Atlantic Coast Conference title his freshman year. He also twice finished within the top 10 at the NCAA Championship on his way to four straight All-Atlantic Coast Conference team selections.
Carlos Ortiz took home first place at the WinCo Foods Portland Open. This was his third win this season on the Web.com Tour, which gives him full exemption for the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR season beginning in October. He finished one stroke ahead of fellow alum Jason Gore.
Ortiz competed in AJGA events from 2006-08, with his best finish coming at the 2008 Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic, where he finished fourth. The Mexico native signed with the University of North Texas, where he won the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2011 and was named to the All-Sun Belt Team three consecutive years. He turned pro in 2013 and made his PGA TOUR debut at the 2014 Memorial Tournament.
Gore played junior golf from 1988-92, collecting five top-10 finishes, including two runner-up finishes at the Edgewood Tahoe Junior Classic in 1989 and 1990. During his collegiate golf career he won the Pac-10 Individual Championship for the Arizona Wildcats in 1993 and 1994 before transferring to Pepperdine and leading the team to its 1997 National Championship title. He was also a member of the winning 1997 United States Walker Cup team.
AJGA alums Denny McCarthy, Beau Hossler and Bryson DeChambeau were named to the United States World Amateur Team. The World Amateur Team Championship will be held at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan, Sept. 10-13. The event showcases teams from 125 countries in a four-day, stroke play competition.
McCarthy was a 2010 Rolex Junior All-American after a final campaign which began with a quarterfinal appearance at the Polo Golf Junior Classic and included 2010 highlights: runner-up finish at the Thunderbird International Junior, a sixth-place showing at the FJ Invitational, a tie for third at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and his signature victory at the Junior PGA Championship.
Competing from 2008-12, Hossler notched 11 top-10 finishes including four victories. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American also competed for the West at the 2011 Wyndham Cup and earned medalist honors at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.
In his sole AJGA appearance, Bryson DeChambeau placed T10 at the 2009 Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst. At SMU, he took medalist honors the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships and placed T9 during stroke play at the NCAA Championship.
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