#AJGAAlumni in the Headlines (September 21)

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By Chris Richards, AJGA Communications

Team USA won on foreign soil for the first time in PING Junior Solheim Cup history, as Sierra Brooks and Megan Khang each went 3-0 to help lead the Americans to a 13-11 victory over Team Europe. Led by Captain JoAnne Carner and Assistant Captain Katie Tahara, Team USA improved to 5-2-1 in the all-time series and has held the Cup since its win in 2009.

Monday’s afternoon session was pivotal, as the Americans won 4.5 out of 6 points in the foursomes format, which gave them a 7.5-4.5 lead heading into singles at St Leon-Rot in Germany.

Haley Moore claimed the Cup-clinching point Tuesday, as she carded four birdies and 10 pars in her 5-and-4 win over Puk Lyng Thomsen. Mariel Galdiano went 2-0-1 on the week, while four players went 2-1-0: Nelly Korda, Haley Moore, Hannah O’Sullivan and Angel Yin.

SolheimCup-TeamUSA2015One week later, Team USA rallied from a four-point deficit and completed the Solheim Cup sweep, claiming 8.5 of the 12 points in singles and defeating the host Europeans, 14.5-13.5. It was the largest comeback in Solheim Cup history, and Team USA won both the PING Junior Solheim Cup and Solheim Cup in the same year for the first time since 2009. The American squad included nine AJGA alumni and six players who played in the PING Junior Solheim Cup during their junior golf careers.

Paula Creamer played in the anchor match and secured the winning point for the United States. Creamer is now 14-8-5 in six Solheim Cup appearances, and as a junior golfer she went 4-2-0 at two PING Junior Solheim Cups. Lexi Thompson went undefeated (2-0-2) in her second Solheim Cup, while Morgan Pressel added two wins and is now 10-7-2 in five Solheim Cups. Brittany Lang, Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome were the other three former PING Junior Solheim Cup players on the victorious American team.

Prior to the Solheim Cup and PING Junior Solheim Cup, several players competed in the Evian Championship in France. Lydia Ko won by six strokes, while Lexi Thompson and Simin Feng finished second and third, respectively. Alison Lee finished T6, while Hannah O’Sullivan finished T50.

The field for the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola has been set, and 19 of the 30 players are AJGA alumni. After a win at the BMW Championship, Jason Day moved to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career and is No. 1 in the FedExCup standings. Any player in the top five of the standings can claim the FedExCup with a win at East Lake Golf Club, including AJGA alumni Jordan Spieth (No. 2), Rickie Fowler (No. 3) and Bubba Watson (No. 5).

On the Web.com Tour, a birdie on the final hole gave Chez Reavie the win at the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run, the second of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. His final-round 66 gave him a 15-under-par total and a one-stroke victory over Jamie Lovemark, Steve Marino and Emiliano Grillo.

As an AJGA player, Reavie won the 2000 AJGA Las Vegas Founders’ Legacy Junior and earned Rolex Junior All-America honors later that year. He turned pro in 2004 after playing at Arizona State.

On the Symetra Tour, Vicky Hurst recorded her sixth career victory with a win at the Garden City Charity Classic. The win moves Hurst to No. 4 on the money list and assures her of a top-10 finish by year’s end, which means she has secured her LPGA Tour card for next season. As an AJGA player, Hurst won seven tournaments, was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and was named the 2007 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

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