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April 21, 2014 | 4:12 p.m.

Player of the week: Anna Newell

Golfweek Staff

Anna Newell, a Tennessee signee from Tampa, Fla., shot 72-71-70 to finish at 3-over 213 and win the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook Resort April 18-20 in Palm Harbor, Fla. It was Newell's first career AJGA victory. She finished a shot ahead of Nelly Korda and three in front of third-place Ariadna Fonseca.

Andy Zunz
Jaye Marie Green hits balls in 2011 with Annika Sorenstam, who was 5 months pregnant at the time, during The Annika Clinic at the Annika Academy at Reunion Resort.
Jaye Marie Green hits balls in 2011 with Annika Sorenstam, who was 5 months pregnant at the time, during The Annika Clinic at the Annika Academy at Reunion Resort.

The Annika Academy has been certified as the first USA Junior National Team Training Center in Florida.

The instruction and fitness school, which is located in Reunion, will feature two of the five USA Junior National Team programs – Future Stars and Pre-Elite.

“One of our Academy’s cornerstones is training the next generation of collegiate and professional golfers,” Annika Sorenstam said in a news release. “Our Academy team is unmatched when it comes to making practice productive and fun for juniors, and takes great pride in helping them achieve their goals on and off the course."

The Annika Academy will ...

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April 14, 2014 | 5:50 p.m.

Player of the week: Alexa Popowitz

Golfweek Staff

Alexa Popowitz of Boca Raton, Fla., won in her first career AJGA start, at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club March 13 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Popowitz finished at 9-over 149 to win by a shot over Yuhka Kajiki.

April 7, 2014 | 4:35 p.m.

Player of the week: Elizabeth Wang

Golfweek Staff

Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif., shot a pair of 2-under 70s to win the AJGA Junior at River Ridge Golf Club's Victoria Lakes Course in Oxnard, Calif., by three shots. It was her second AJGA victory.

Nick Masuda
Augusta National member and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice poses with Masters chairman Billy Payne (left), Hunter Pate (Drive, Chip & Putt Girls 14-15 winner) and Pate's father, Jack, on Sunday in Augusta, Ga.
Augusta National member and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice poses with Masters chairman Billy Payne (left), Hunter Pate (Drive, Chip & Putt Girls 14-15 winner) and Pate's father, Jack, on Sunday in Augusta, Ga.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Hunter Pate insists she is going back to school Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Her father, Jack, has other ideas.

Now that Hunter has rewritten a bit of history, the elder Pate feels that his 14-year-old prodigy of a golfer deserves a bit of a break.

Hunter has racked up more than 50 tournament victories since the age of 8 – including becoming the youngest Nevada State Women's Golf Association champion at 13 – but nothing tops what she pulled off on Sunday at Augusta National.

The eighth-grader used a consistent performance on each aspect of the inaugural Drive, Chip ...

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Jim McCabe
NIne-year-old Kelly Xu won the 7-9 girls’ division of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at the finale at Augusta National.
NIne-year-old Kelly Xu won the 7-9 girls’ division of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at the finale at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Locked away for safe keeping is a priceless piece of information and should you question his credentials, Mark O’Meara could smile and remind you of how it is he came in possession of a certain green jacket.

It was 16 years ago when O’Meara on an April Sunday stared down a putt at the 72nd green at Augusta National Golf Club and curled it from right-to-left into the hole. The winning putt at the 1998 Masters is a memory worth talking about forever, any time, any place.

“About 18 to 20 feet,” O’Meara said, when ...

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April 5, 2014 | 10:01 a.m.

Player diary: Bethany Wu (Part 6)

Bethany Wu
Bethany Wu (file photo)
Bethany Wu (file photo)

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to update everyone with what I’ve been up to lately. I recently played in the KNC Champions Junior Challenge, which was a team event/junior-only qualifier for the Kraft Nabisco Championship. There were 39 juniors from all over California, and a team consisted of three juniors and one mentor. The mentors were past champions of the KNC, and my mentor was Annika Sorenstam. I was very nervous because the woman I looked up to all my life was standing there watching me each shot. I really enjoyed it and was thankful that she came ...

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Jim McCabe
Yep, just like Tiger Woods, the finalists of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition will take to the practice green by the Augusta National clubhouse in front of a crowd.
Yep, just like Tiger Woods, the finalists of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition will take to the practice green by the Augusta National clubhouse in front of a crowd.

It would be a dream moment that almost every golfer is born with, though precious few get to realize. Mark O’Meara accomplished it, but not until his 15th try and at the age of 41. Phil Mickelson? He did it, too, but he was 33 and in his 12th attempt.

Akshay Bhatia and Zell Wilson? They may pull it off in their first attempts – at 12 and 9, respectively.

We’re talking a winning putt at the 18th hole on an April Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Now if you have no trouble recalling O’Meara’s right-to-left ...

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March 31, 2014 | 2:24 p.m.

Player of the week: Jordy LaBarbera

Golfweek Staff

Jordy LaBarbera of Allen, Texas, notched her first AJGA victory March 30 with a win at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas. She finished at 3-under 141, three shots clear of runner-up Alexis Sadeghy of Edmond, Okla.

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Brandon Smith had been dreaming of winning his first AJGA event for quite some time.

“I’ve been dreaming about winning forever,” said Smith, of Frisco, Texas, who shot a final-round, 1-under 71 to wrap up a one-shot victory at the AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship Sunday at Stonebriar Country Club's Fazio Course in Frisco, Texas.

“I started calm, prepared, and composed off the first tee which led to my first three birdies (on the first three holes). I tried not to think too far ahead and fell into a good place. This win means a lot.”

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Cassie Stein

Preston Fleenor and Benjamin Baxter share the lead at the Under Armour / Hunter Mahan Championship after the first round.

Fleenor, a junior at Pembroke Hill in Mission Hills Kan., and Baxter, who will attend SMU in the fall, shot 3-under 69s at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas on Saturday.

Zach Partin, Yu-Chuan Hsiang, Charles Kim and Brandon Smith are tied for third at 2 under.

In the girls division, Alexis Sadeghy, Jordy LaBarbera and Maddie Szeryk are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 1-under 71 at Stonebriar.

Each girl is graduating in 2014 and will attend different ...

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March 24, 2014 | 4:37 p.m.

Player of the week: Anna Newell

Golfweek Staff

Anna Newell of Tampa, Fla., shot 75-68 to finish at 1-under 143 and win the Florida Junior Tour event at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary, Fla. Newell won by two shots over Erica Stoner.

March 18, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

Player of the week: Nelly Korda

Golfweek Staff

Nelly Korda of Bradenton, Fla., won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational on March 11. Korda shot 68-71 to finish at 3-under 139, then defeated Bailey Tardy with a par on the first playoff hole. Korda also recently received a sponsor exemption into the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Bailey Tardy, medalist at the 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, will attend Georgia in 2015.
Bailey Tardy, medalist at the 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, will attend Georgia in 2015.

After a difficult finish at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational on March 11, Bailey Tardy admitted that she forgot about even being in a competition during the last five holes.

Heading to the 16th at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Tardy was one under for the tournament.

On 17, eventual winner Nelly Korda had a 10-foot eagle attempt. Tardy birdied, but Korda missed her eagle attempt and tapped in for birdie. The players were tied.

“It was shocking,” Tardy said. “My hands were shaking.”

Tardy would lose in a playoff after three putting the first playoff hole, while ...

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Cassie Stein
Nicole Morales will play in the Symetra Tour’s Insurance Office of America Golf Classic on March 28-30.
Nicole Morales will play in the Symetra Tour’s Insurance Office of America Golf Classic on March 28-30.

Nicole Morales earned a sponsor exemption into the Symetra Tour’s fourth tournament of the season at the Insurance Office of America Golf Classic March 28-30 at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, Fla.

“I am just so excited. This is a great opportunity for me,” Morales said. “It’s 10 minutes away from my apartment. I just can’t wait to go out at IOA and do what I love.”

This will be Morales' second career sponsor exemption. She played in the 2012 Credit Union Challenge in Albany, N.Y. She finished in a tie for 30th at the age ...

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