#AJGAAlumni in the Headlines (September 28)

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By Chris Richards, (@AJGARichards) AJGA Communications

Spieth-9.28.15

Jordan Spieth capped off his incredible 2015 season Sunday at East Lake Golf Club, winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup. Spieth is now the sixth AJGA alumnus to win the FedExCup, joining Tiger Woods (2007, 2009), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Billy Horschel (2014) as winners of the PGA TOUR playoffs.

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On the Web.com Tour, Andrew Loupe won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals. It was his first Web.com Tour victory, and the win gives him enough money to guarantee his 2015-2016 PGA TOUR card. Loupe competed in AJGA tournaments in 2004, and went on to be a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and two-time Honorable Mention All-America selection at LSU.

Three other AJGA alumni finished two strokes behind Loupe and tied for second: Tom Hoge, Bronson Burgoon and Roberto Castro.

Leona Maguire became the second recipient of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, which annually recognizes the best player in women’s college golf. The recipient is selected by a group of college golfers, coaches and members of the golf media. Alison Lee won the inaugural award as a freshman at UCLA in 2014, and she was in attendance at the banquet to help recognize Maguire, a sophomore at Duke.

The 80-player field for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals has been set, and 15 AJGA members will compete at Augusta National Golf Club next April.

Girls 12-13

  • Sophia Burnett (Bluffton, South Carolina)
  • Kayla Sam (Anaheim Hills, California)
  • Tiya Chowdary (Montgomery, New Jersey)
  • Elle Fox (Copperas Cove, Texas)
  • Nicole Adam (Pinehurst, North Carolina)
  • Kynadie Adams (Gallatin, Tennessee)

Girls 14-15

  • Skylar Thompson (Buford, Georgia)
  • Kyra Cox (South Salem, New York)
  • Julia Gregg (Dallas, Texas)
  • Anika Dy (Traverse City, Michigan)
  • Sophie Guo (Bluffton, South Carolina)
  • Alyssa Montgomery (Knoxville, Tennessee)

Boys 14-15

  • Marco Punzo (Prosper, Texas)
  • Caleb Kimmel (Olathe, Kansas)
  • Chase Venn (Columbia, Missouri)

Three AJGA members will be making return appearances. In 2015, Anika Dy finished sixth in Girls 12-13 and Kynadie Adams finished fifth in Girls 10-11, while Tiya Chowdary competed in the inaugural event in 2014.

Of these 15 National Finalists, two won AJGA tournaments in 2015. Kyra Cox won the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Boston Junior, while Sophie Guo won the Junior All-Star at Spring Valley.

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