One year ago, Stephen Behr, Jr. was an alternate for the Aldila Junior Open. A day later he was playing in his first AJGA tournament. In that same tournament he collected his first top 10 finish. That’s a pretty quick learning curve.
He then went on to have a great summer. In his following four AJGA tournaments, Behr did not finish outside the top 10, including a tie for ninth at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Flash forward to this past weekend. Behr has come full circle. In the very place where his AJGA career started, he was able to secure his first AJGA win.
“This course really sets up for my game,” Behr said. “It’s a very tight course and while I may not be a very big hitter, I am able to keep the ball in the fairway. The course also puts an emphasis on short game and I feel that is the best part of my game.”
When asked if he liked a lot of Jack Nicklaus design courses, Behr did not know it was a course from the legendary Golden Bear.
“He did?” Behr said. “I have played some other courses of his and it was a lot more difficult for me, but I do seem to really like this course.”
That’s for sure. He now has a sixth place finish and a championship trophy to attest to that.
The Golden Bear is able to get the best of most golfers, but in the case of this Behr, he was able to go in for the kill and capture his first AJGA tournament victory.
-Written by Rob Doone, AJGA Communications Staff