By: Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications
Eight AJGA alumni finished in the top-10 at the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, on July 26, with Australian native, Jason Day capturing the title at a 17-under-par 271. Bubba Watson followed with a tournament total of 16-under-par 272 carding birdies on his final four holes en route to posting his fourth top-three finish this season. David Hearn was the low Canadian at 15-under-par 273, receiving the Rivermead Challenge Cup for the second time in his career.
Austin Connelly, currently No. 13 in the Polo Golf Rankings, and Blair Hamilton, a rising senior at the University of Houston, tied for the low Canadian amateur sharing the Gary Cowan Award. Jim Furyk landed in fourth, followed by Tom Hoge and Stewart Cink at T5 with Austin Cook, Matt Kuchar and Charley Hoffman finishing at T7.
“To tie with my teammate, Austin, for low amateur means a great deal to me and I feel very humbled,” Hamilton shared via Twitter. “I am very proud to be Canadian and can’t wait to play again in our national open.”
Three-time Rolex Junior All-American Lexi Thompson took home her sixth LPGA Tour victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thompson carded eight birdies in her final round of the tournament, finishing with an 18-under-par 266.
“It feels amazing,” Thompson said to LPGA.com. “It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Former University of Southern California player, Lizette Salas, tied for second along with Gerina Piller at 17-under-par 267. Kris Tamulis finished at T4 with Se Yeon Ryu while Brittany Lang, former Duke University golfer, and Brittany Lincicome, a five-time Rolex Junior All-American, finished 6th and 7th respectively. Hee Young Park and Alison Lee rounded out the top 10 as a part of the four-way tie for eighth.
Several AJGA alumnae scored in the top 10 at the Symetra Tour’s Fuccillio Kia Championship at Capital Hills in Albany, New York. Breanna Elliott of Australia carded a 13-under-par 200 and Flona Puyo of France finished one stroke back along with Canada’s Augusta James, a former North Carolina State golfer. Lindy Duncan, a three-time Rolex Junior All-American, Casey Grice, a 2009 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-American and Sue Kim tied for fourth at 10-under-par 203.
"I have really great hometown support and a great community that I live in,” said James to the Winnipeg Free Press. “They are very special and for them to come down here means a lot."
Vicky Hurst, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and seven-time AJGA champion, tallied an 8-under-par 205 to come in at T7. Marina Choi, Catherine O’Donnell, Mia Piccio and Brooke Henderson all finished in the six-way tie for ninth.
2017 graduate and reigning Rolex Tournament of Champions victor, Philip Barbaree continued his summer success with his win at the U.S. Junior Amateur in Bluffton, South Carolina. The Louisiana State University verbal commit defeated Andrew Orischak, a University of Virginia verbal commit, in 37 holes. Barbaree made it to the finals after surpassing Won Jun Lee of Wesley Chapel, Florida, one up while Orischak beat Eugene Hong of Sanford, Florida, 3 and 2.
"It's definitely the biggest junior tournament out there and to win it means a lot," Barbaree said to ABC News. "It says a lot about how much I've been practicing for this and how hard I've been working for this."
Barbaree will compete in the Wyndham Cup this week on the West Team against Hong and Lee, who are members of the East Team. Learn more about the Wyndham Cup through the eyes of their captains.