#AJGAAlumni in the headlines (August 17)

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By Michelle Hantak (@AJGAHantak), AJGA Communications

Jason Day claimed his first major win at the PGA Championship in record-breaking fashion at 20-under-par 268. The Australian set the record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at Whistling Straits.

After finishing in second at the 2009 Junior PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth took over the No. 1 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings.  Finishing second also helped Spieth at Whistling Straits as he surpassed Rory McIllroy as the No. 1 player in the World Golf Ranking.

Brooks Koepka carded a 6-under-par 66 in the final round to advance in the standings and finish T5 at 13-under-par 275. Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson finished one stroke back at T7 and Robert Streb rounded out the top 10 at 11-under-par 277.

2015 AJGA graduate Brooke Henderson made history at the LPGA’s Cambia Portland Classic, as she set a tournament-scoring record at 21-under-par 267, as she became the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour since Lori Kane in 2001 and became the third player in history to win an LPGA Tour event before her 18th birthday.

As an AJGA member, Henderson recorded two victories at the 2011 Genesis Junior at White Beeches and 2012 Ravenwood Junior Championship, now known as the Ravenwood Junior All-Star. AJGA alumnae Austin Ernst and Azahara Munoz finished T5 at 12-under-par 276, while Jaye Marie Green and 2013 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Alison Lee tied for eighth. Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel rounded out the top 10 at 10-under-par 278. Vicky Hurst Vicky Hurst won her sixth Symetra Tour Title Sunday at the W.B. Mason Championship. It was her first Symetra Tour victory since her rookie season in 2008 where she recorded five victories and set a Tour record for single-season earnings.

Throughout her AJGA career, Hurst recorded seven victories and was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American. Alejandra Llaneza finished three strokes back of Hurst and tied for second. Annie Park and Lindy Duncan finished T4 at 9-under-par 204. Samantha Richdale took seventh, while Margarita Ramos and Lee Lopez tied for eighth. Current AJGA member Hannah O’Sullivan added to her impressive summer resume as became the 14th consecutive AJGA member or alumnae to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur defeating Sierra Brooks 3 & 2.

Of all AJGA alumnae competing at the event, Mathilda Cappeliez made it the farthest into match play, eventually surrendering 1-up to O’Sullivan in the quarterfinals.

2014 graduate Anna Newell and 2013 graduate Lindsey McCurdy advanced to the quarterfinals. Newell now competes for the University of Tennessee, while McCurdy plays at Southern Methodist University.

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