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Bruce Nakamura

Nakamura Qualifies for 2015 U.S. Senior Open

Bruce Nakamura fired a three under 69 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open. This year's U.S. Senior Open will take place June 25-28 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California. Congratulations for qualifying for this great event for the second time and best of luck!!

Alex Yang

Alex Yang Wins the 2015 US Kids European Championship

Gullane, Scotland- The 2015 US Kids European Championship was played this year from May 26-28 at the Gullane Golf Club. Orange County's Alex Yang fired 70-74-75 in difficult conditions to edge out a one shot victory in the boys 12 year old division. Alex has worked with Kip on his full swing now for over 3 years, and we are extremely proud of his first experience in links golf! Way to go Alex!

Carlsbad High School CIF Champions
Carlsbad High School CIF Champions

Carlsbad High Wins San Diego CIF Championship

The Carlsbad Boy's High School team captured the 2015 San Diego CIF Championship at Admiral Baker Golf Club. Their 2 round total of 9 over 729 edged out Torrey Pines High School by 4 shots. The final round included Kyle Egge shooting a 5 under par 67, leading his team to Carlsbad's first CIF victory in 27 years. The boys team of Cullen Plousha, Ryan Sewell, Kyle Egge, Tommy Stevenson, Ian Scheble, and Alec Madison have been coached by AGA's Jason and Jamie Puterbaugh since 2011. Our biggest congrats to our local team playing amazing golf!

Ji-Hee Lee
Ji-Hee Lee at the Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup.

Ji-Hee Lee Wins 2015 Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup

South Korea's Ji-Hee Lee sunk a dramatic 24 foot putt in a sudden death playoff to capture this year's Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup. Lee held the overnight lead going into Sunday, but needed to drain a long putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff. This is Lee's first win in 3 years on the JLPGA, and Kip and the AGA team couldn't be happier for her success. Jihee spent the month of January training with Kip at the Aviara Golf Academy and made great progress. Welcome back to the winners circle, Ji-Hee and keep up the great play!

I.K. Kim
IK Kim preparing for Evian Championship with instructor Grant Halverson after getting into a playoff.

I.K. Kim wins ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters

The 26-year-old South Korean shot a final round 68 to finish with an 18-under-par 270, good enough for a five stroke victory. This is Kim's fifth LPGA victory, and first victory since the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitiational. Kim began working with AGA's Grant

Ricky DeSantis
Image of Ricky DeSantis by Stan Liu of SDSU Athletics

Way to go Ricky! DeSantis Awarded as Mountain West Freshman of the Year

San Diego State's Ricky DeSantis was awarded as the 2014 Mountain West Freshman of the Year. A Carlsbad High School Alum and student of Grant Halverson since 2011, Ricky's season was highlighted by seven top-20 finishes in 11 events and a scoring average of 72.91. His consistent play also landed him honors on the All Mountain West Team. We're all proud of you Ricky, keep up the good work!

Todd Baek

Todd Baek wins
the Penglai Open!

Todd Baek, a former SDSU standout and long time student of Grant Halverson won his first PGA Tour China event. His rounds of 66, 67, 70, 68 was good enough for a comfortable five shot victory. The victory not only moved Todd to 2nd on the PGA Tour China's Order of Merit, but to world rank of 609. A big congrats to Todd from the other side of the world, keep up the great play!

Alex Yang wins the 2014 US Kids World Junior Championship

Starting his final round two strokes back, Alex rallied with a back nine 33 to win by two at the U.S. Kids World Junior Championship in Pinehurst, NC. Alex has been working with Kip since 2013, and we're so proud to see such a hard working kid continue his good play. Way to go Alex!

Alana Uriell

Alana has been a student of Jason Puterbaugh since 2009, and had a stellar high school career leading to a spot on University of Arkansas' Women's Golf Team. Her highlight in the summer of 2014 was making it to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's PubLinks. We wish her the best of luck this fall in her freshman year!

Aliea Clark

A 4 time AJGA Champion and student of Kip since 2008. Aliea played into the quarterfinals of the '14 Women's Western Am this summer. We're wishing her the best of luck in her freshman year at UCLA!

Kenny Shibata

2011 Callaway Junior World Champion, and long time student of AGA's Bruce Nakamura. This young kid carries great enthusiasm and continues to show strong finishes on the global stage, including the first round lead in the 2014 Callaway Junior World.

Todd Baek

SDSU/PGA Tour China- A long time student of Grant Halverson; After a successful amateur and collegiate career, Todd has taken his success to the next level and is currently 14th in the PGA tour China Order of Merit

Others Making the Cut

JJ Spaun - SDSU/PGA Tour Canada
Alex Ching - USD/PGA Tour Latino America
Austin Graham - PGA Tour Latino America
Peter Campbell - UCLA/PGA Tour Canada
Brandon Mai - UCLA
Brittany Mai - UCLA