By: Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications
Inbee Park, a 10-time AJGA champion and five-time Rolex Junior All-American, won her seventh major title on the LPGA Tour this weekend, capturing the Ricoh Women’s British Open in Tunrberry, Scotland. Park carded a 12-under-par 276 to surpass Jin Young Ko by three strokes. The 27-year-old became the 7th player in LPGA Tour history to win four different majors, as well as the second youngest, following the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Mickey Wright.
“Every major was very, very special to me. But to wrap it up with the British Open is just much more special,” said Park when speaking with The New York Times.
Anna Nordqvist of Eskilstuna, Sweden, finished T7 alongside Mika Miyazato, at 5-under-par 283. Fellow AJGA alumni Minjee Lee of Perth, Australia, landed in a three-way tie for ninth with Melissa Reid and Amy Boulden, who all tallied a 4-under-par 284.
The PGA TOUR traveled to Gainesville, Virginia, for the Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club with Troy Merritt, 29, capturing his first win on the PGA TOUR. The Osage, Iowa, native carded an 18-under-par 266 to win over Rickie Fowler, the 2015 PLAYERS Championship victor, who had seven birdies in his final round but finished three strokes behind at 15-under-par 269. Justin Thomas, Danny Lee, Bill Haas, Justin Rose, Carl Pettersson and Jason Bohn all finished in a six-way tie for fourth at 12-under-par 272.
"I was able to kind of rally and make some birdies coming in, but really disappointed with how I went out," Fowler said to the Golf Channel. "Didn't get anything going. Made a few mistakes. Before I know it, I'm a couple over par and kind of fighting my way to get back in the tournament."
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted the Symetra Tour’s PHC Classic at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course with former University of Southern California golfer Annie Park taking home the title. The 20-year-old birdied three of the last five holes to finish with a 5-under-par 211, tying Lee Lopez, former golfer at Long Beach State University, and defeating the Whittier, California, native in a three-hole playoff.
"I've been playing constantly since March, so I'm pretty worn out," she said to the Journal Sentinel. "This is pretty unexpected."
Elizabeth Nagel of DeWitt, Michigan, tallied a score of 1-under-par 215 alongside Nontaya Srisawang, to finish T3. Cydney Clanton, Chie Arimura and Madeleine Sheils all tied for fifth with an even-par 216. Dottie Ardina, Brittany Benventuo and Michelle Shin rounded out the top-10 at T8 with a 1-over-par 217.
Patton Kizzire of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank in Lehi, Utah, marking his first Web.com Tour win. Kizzire and Sung Kang of Jeju, South Korea, both finished at 19-under 269, which led to a two-hole playoff with the former Auburn University golfer taking top honors.
"I'm pretty relieved and excited," Kizzire said to The Salt Lake Tribune. "It was a big event. I'm glad this is the one I won. The victories seem to be a little sweeter after all the near misses."
Zack Fischer, Garth Mulroy, Alex Aragon, Tag Ridings and Scott Harrington all finished T3 at 14-under 274. Lucas Lee, Stephan Jaeger and Ryan Blaum each tallied a 13-under-par 275 to finish in a three-way tie for eighth.
Eugene Country Club hosted the 49th annual Pacific Coast Amateur in Eugene, Oregon, with rising Oregon University sophomore Aaron Wise winning by two strokes over University of Texas’ Beau Hossler and Stanford University’s Maverick McNealy. Wise birdied five of the first 10 holes, recording a tournament total of 4-under-par 274.
“I felt good on the putting green before I went out, so I knew if I could just give myself putts I’d have a chance,” Wise said to The Register Guard. “Birdying 7 and 8 in a row — those are two of the toughest holes on this golf course — that’s when I realized this could be a special day for me."
Will Zalatoris and Byrson DeChambeau finished at T4 followed by Jonathan Garrick, Scottie Scheffler, and Jared du Toit who finished in a three-way tie for sixth. Rising University of California at Berkley senior, Shotaro Ban came in ninth, recording a 1-over-par 281, with former University of Maryland golfer Andrew McCain and rising University of Washington sophomore Corey Pereira tallying a 2-over-par 282.
2010 Rolex Junior All-American Denny McCarthy and University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Carter Jenkins finished T1 in the Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club, both carding an 11-under-par 269. After competing in a one-hole playoff, McCarthy parred No. 18 to triumph over Jenkins and take home the trophy after his fifth and final Porter Cup attempt.
“I’ve dreamed about this moment,” McCarthy told The Buffalo News. “I can’t describe how sweet it feels.”
Gavin Hall of Pittsford, New York, and Trever Cone of Concord, North Carolina, finished third and fourth, respectively. Anthony Maccaglia, Michael Johnson, Kyle Mueller and Scott Harvey all carded a two-under-par 278 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth. Lastly, William Gordon and Josh Whalen tallied a one-under-par 279 to come in at T10.