Jutanugarn Takes Medalist Honors At 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior July 18, 2011 By Christina Lance, USGA

 Eimi Koga shot 3-under 69 Tuesday but finished five strokes behind leader Ariya Jutanugarn.(Chris Keane/USGA)



Olympia Fields, Ill. – Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn finished at 4-under 140 to take medalist honors following the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.

It marked the second consecutive year that Jutanugarn has claimed a stroke-play medal at a USGA championship, following the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

The temperatures continued to rise at Olympia Fields, with Monday’s mid-90s readings giving way to the upper 90s on Tuesday. But as with Monday, the oppressive heat did not faze Jutanugarn in the slightest.

Jutanugarn, a 15-year-old native of Bangkok, followed Monday’s 4-under 68 with a steady round of even par on Tuesday to maintain her position atop the leaderboard at 4-under 140. No other player was even able to break par, with her closest competitor coming in four strokes back at even par.

However, despite her large lead, not everything was up to Jutanugarn’s usual high standards. While she made the turn at one under par and birdied the par-5 10th, consecutive bogeys on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th dropped her back to even for the day.

On the front nine, I played good, said Jutanugarn, who competed at the recent U.S. Women’s Open, where she failed to make the cut. But the back nine was so bad. I missed three short putts from like 3 feet.

The Jutanugarn family spends five months a year traversing the United States, with Ariya and her sister, Moriya, competing in tournaments. They’ll compete in 12 this summer, and both girls have already claimed victories on the American Junior Golf Association’s summer schedule.

They are a close-knit family, with Moriya, who withdrew from the Girls’ Junior with a wrist injury that she aggravated while competing at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, on her bag and her parents, Somboon and Narumon, watching from outside the ropes.

We stay here for five months. If we don’t have [our parents], it would be really boring! said Jutanugarn with a laugh.

Jutanugarn hopes to better her performance from the 2010 Girls’ Junior, where she lost in the second round of match play in a marathon 25-hole match with Argentina’s Victoria Tanco. But the power game that is stroke play appeals much more to Jutanugarn’s competitive side than the sometimes-cruel luck of match play.

You don’t know when you’re going to lose, said Jutanugarn, who admitted to struggling in her past USGA match-play events. Sometimes, you play good, but you have bad luck and you can lose to a player who’s not so good. Or they’re so good, but you can win if you’re lucky.

Casie Cathrea, 15, of Livermore, Calif., followed Jutanugarn at even-par 144, carding a 2-under 70 in her morning round. After making the turn at one over on the round, she rattled off back-to-back birdies from within 5 feet on 10 and 11, and tacked on another at the closing par-5 18th to finish with a flourish.

I just started putting really well, getting it close to the hole and making some putts, said Cathrea, who advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at age 13.

Fellow 15-year-old Eimi Koga of Honolulu, Hawaii, recorded the first eagle of the championship at the par-4 11th, sending her 8-iron shot from 130 yards down a hill at the back of the green and into the hole for an eagle-2.

I was really happy, but it was only the second hole, said Koga, whose 3-under 69            was the low round of the day. I kind of wanted it to happen later. But it was a good start.

I was putting really good. All my putts were going in and I was really happy. That’s what saved me today.

Koga’s 1-over 145 total gave her sole possession of third place, followed by three players at 2-over 146: 2011 U.S. Women’s Open competitors Mariah Stackhouse, 17, of Riverdale, Ga., and Emma Talley, 17, of Princeton, Ky., as well as Nicole Morales, 15, of South Salem, N.Y. Stackhouse was a member of the Georgia team that won the 2009 USGA Women’s State Team Championship.

The two past U.S. Girls’ Junior runners-up in the field rebounded from poor Mondays to pull clear of the cut line. 2008 runner-up Karen Chung, 16, of Livingston, N.J., converted three birdies en route to a 77-71—148 and a tie for 14th. 2010 runner-up Katelyn Dambaugh, 16, of Goose Creek, S.C., still struggled, but managed a 78-74—152 to tie for 42nd.

Among the players to miss the cut was Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif., who advanced to the second round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and returned a 72-hole score at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. Arizona’s Julie Yang, who advanced to the round of 16 at the 2011 Women’s Amateur Public Links, was eliminated in the six-player playoff for the final three berths in the match-play bracket.

The 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior will continue Wednesday with the first round of match play. The second and third rounds will be played Thursday, and the quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on Friday. The 36-hole championship final will be played Saturday.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.   

Christina Lance is a coordinator of championship communications for the USGA. Email questions or comments to clance@usga.org. 




Olympia Fields, Ill. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields Country Club (* - Involved in 6-for-3 playoff for final match-play spots):  


Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand - 68-72—140

Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. - 74-70—144

Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii - 76-69—145

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. - 75-71—146

Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga. - 73-73—146

Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. - 75-71—146

Yu Liu, People's Republic of China - 73-74—147

Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - 73-74—147

Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 73-74—147

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. - 74-73—147

Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. - 72-75—147

Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn. - 73-74—147

Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 76-71—147

Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark. - 77-71—148

Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. - 74-74—148

Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii - 73-75—148

Jisoo Keel, Canada - 72-76—148

Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. - 77-71—148

Manuela Carbajo Re, Argentina - 76-72—148

Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. - 76-73—149

Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. - 74-75—149

Kaitlin Park, Tustin, Calif. - 72-77—149

Lauren Kim, Los Altos, Calif. - 77-72—149

Irene Jung, Canada - 69-80—149

Marguerite Swearingen, Livermore, Calif. - 75-74—149

Kacie Komoto, Honolulu, Hawaii - 74-75—149

Katelyn Reynolds, Los Angeles, Calif. - 72-77—149

Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. - 73-77—150

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii - 77-73—150

Stephanie Liu, St. Albans, Mo. - 73-77—150

Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. - 77-73—150

Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz. - 77-73—150

Suchaya Tangkamolprasert, Thailand - 76-75—151

Irina Paulin Gabasa, Philippines - 78-73—151

Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa. - 75-76—151

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. - 74-77—151

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. - 75-76—151

Dottie Ardina, Philippines - 75-76—151

Kristine Odaiyar, Ocala, Fla. - 78-73—151

Maria Fernanda Torres, Puerto Rico - 74-77—151

Caroline Araskog, Locust Valley, N.Y. - 76-75—151

Anne Cheng, Torrance, Calif. - 76-76—152

Hee Wook Choi, Korea - 74-78—152

Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. - 74-78—152

Mikayla Harmon, Gilbert, Ariz. - 77-75—152

Thanya Pattamakijsakul, Thailand - 74-78—152

Marijosse Navarro, Mexico - 74-78—152

Kayli Quinton, Houston, Texas - 73-79—152

Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. - 78-74—152

Sarah Harris, Hermitage, Tenn. - 79-74—153

Brooke Henderson, Canada - 75-78—153

Isabel Southard, Sharon, Mass. - 78-75—153

Talia Campbell, Dallas, Texas - 78-75—153

Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla. - 80-73—153

Katherine Gravel-Coursol, Canada - 73-80—153

Janie Jackson, Huntsville, Ala. - 77-76—153

Lou Daniela Uy, Philippines - 77-76—153

Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. - 78-75—153

Andrea Unson, Philippines - 81-72—153

Rachel Dai, Suwanee, Ga. - 78-75—153

Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, Md. - 78-75—153

*Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas - 79-75—154

*Marissa Chow, Honolulu, Hawaii - 74-80—154

*Megan Blonien, Altus, Okla. - 78-76—154


Failed to Qualify 

Julie Yang, Mesa, Ariz. - 79-75—154

Hanna Lee, Cincinnati, Ohio - 73-81—154

Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. - 81-73—154

Carly Childs, Alameda, Calif. - 77-78—155

Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. - 79-76—155

Shawnee Martinez, Modesto, Calif. - 79-76—155

Collins Bradshaw, Columbia, S.C. - 78-77—155

Mariana Sims, Austin, Texas - 74-81—155

Jennifer Dilger, Palmdale, Calif. - 80-75—155

Marissa Decola, Butler, Pa. - 74-81—155

Cassandra Deeg, Hugo, Minn. - 76-79—155

Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas - 79-76—15

Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. - 78-77—155

Allie Johnston, Castle Rock, Colo. - 76-79—155

Ju Hee Bae, Chantilly, Va. - 81-74—155

Anna Young, Canada - 79-76—155

Sirene Blair, South Jordan, Utah - 78-77—155

Chi Wang, Chinese Taipei - 77-79—156

Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. - 77-79—156

Wanasa Zhou, People's Republic of China - 80-76—156

Deanna Song, Granger, Ind. - 77-79—156

Sydney Kersten, Spokane, Wash. - 81-75—156

Maggie Neece, Colleyville, Texas - 80-76—156

Kelsey Ulep, Rocklin, Calif. - 77-79—156

Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. - 79-77—156

Chelsey Couch, Ware Shoals, S.C. - 79-77—156

Emily Haas, Nicholasville, Ky. - 77-79—156

Jordan Lippetz, Piedmont, Calif. - 77-79—156

Christina Ocampo, Delray Beach, Fla. - 81-76—157

Alexandria Harrell, Phenix City, Ala. - 78-79—157

Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev. - 75-82—157

Madison Lellyo, Windermere, Fla. - 78-79—157

Ayaka Nakayama, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 80-77—157

Danielle Lemek, Doniphan, Neb. - 80-77—157

Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas - 76-81—157

Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 79-78—157

Celia Kuenster, Mendota Heights, Minn. - 78-80—158

Jenna Roadley, Canada - 81-77—158

Gabi Oubre', Mobile, Ala. - 80-78—158

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. - 77-81—158

Yu-Hsin Chang, Chinese Taipei - 80-78—158

Katy Harris, St. Simons Island, Ga. - 80-78—158

Jocelyn Chia, La Crescenta, Calif. - 79-79—158

Alana Uriell, Carlsbad, Calif. - 81-77—158

Katie Barrand, Beverly, Mass. - 80-78—158

Tezira Abe, Angleton, Texas - 79-79—158

Megan Furnish, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 79-80—159

Lyberty Anderson, Chesterfield, Va. - 80-79—159

Madison Opfer, Plant City, Fla. - 78-81—159

Emily Kurey, Alpharetta, Ga. - 80-79—159

Megan Haase, Spokane, Wash. - 78-81—159

Hsin-En Tsai, Chinese Taipei - 78-81—159

Harley Dubsky, Valparaiso, Ind. - 78-81—159

Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. - 78-81—159

Lauren Salazar, Santa Clara, Calif. - 83-76—159

Christina Foster, Canada - 78-81—159

Yvonne Zheng, People's Republic of China - 79-80—159

Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. - 79-81—160

Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J. - 84-76—160

Briana Midkiff, Carmel, Ind. - 76-85—161

Laura Hendee, Tampa, Fla. - 81-80—161

Alexandra Rossi, Austin, Texas - 82-79—161

Becky Sharpe, Williamsburg, Ky. - 80-81—161

Julia Calbi, South Barrington, Ill. - 84-79—163

Jacqueline Chulya, Thailand - 78-85—163

Lea Garner, Washington Terrace, Utah - 83-80—163

Anica Yoo, Canada - 80-83—163

Avery George, Cleveland, Tenn. - 85-78—163

Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, Ore. - 80-83—163

Isabelle Kane, Winnetka, Ill. - 81-82—163

Ally Shin, Canada - 85-79—164

Sydney Legacy, Lexington, S.C. - 78-86—164

Abby Newton, Katy, Texas - 81-83—164

Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. - 81-83—164

Kelsey Badmaev, Blythewood, S.C. - 81-84—165

Jessica Rouillard, Auburn, Ala. - 84-81—165

Nathalie Filler, Bloomfield, Conn. - 84-81—165

Molly Ward, Fishers, Ind. - 80-86—166

Annie Swords, Newnan, Ga. - 86-80—166

Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn. - 86-81—167

Sarah Kolodzik, Bellbrook, Ohio - 85-82—167

Mary Chandler Bryan, Chapin, S.C. - 81-87—168

Ashlee Pickerell, Salem, Ore. - 84-84—168

Abigail Luchtenburg, Geneva, Ill. - 81-88—169

Vinh-Hop Ngo, Newton, Mass. - 85-84—169

Anne Willman, Prairie Village, Kan. - 85-85—170

Angela Codian, Massillon, Ohio - 84-86—170

Landrie Grace, Canton, Ohio - 86-84—170

Alexis Sadeghy, Edmond, Okla. - 86-85—171

Jacqueline LeMarr, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 86-85—171

Gabby Bautista, Phoenix, Ariz. - 86-89—175


Olympia Fields, Ill. – Pairings for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields Country Club: 


Upper Bracket 

8 am: Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (140) vs. Marissa Chow, Honolulu, Hawaii (154)

8:09 a.m.: Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz. (150) vs. Suchaya Tangkamolprasert, Thailand (151)

8:18 a.m.: Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii (148) vs. Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (152)

8:27 a.m.: Jisoo Keel, Canada (148) vs. Kayli Quinton, Houston, Texas (152)

8:36 a.m.: Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (147) vs. Lou Daniela Uy, Philippines (153)

8:45 a.m.: Marguerite Swearingen, Livermore, Calif. (149) vs. Maria Fernanda Torres, Puerto Rico (151)

8:54 a.m.: Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. (147) vs. Janie Jackson, Huntsville, Ala. (153)

9:03 a.m.: Irene Jung, Canada (149) vs. Caroline Araskog, Locust Valley, N.Y. (151)

9:12 a.m.: Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (146) vs. Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, Md. (153)

9:21 a.m.: Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (150) vs. Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (151)

9:30 a.m.: Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (147) vs. Isabel Southard, Sharon, Mass. (153)

9:39 a.m.: Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (149) vs. Mikayla Harmon, Gilbert, Ariz. (152)

9:48 a.m.: Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga. (146) vs. Rachel Dai, Suwanee, Ga. (153)

9:57 a.m.: Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. (150) vs. Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (151)

10:06 a.m.: Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (147) vs. Talia Campbell, Dallas, Texas (153)

10:15 a.m.: Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (149) vs. Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (152)


Lower Bracket 

10:24 a.m.: Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (144) vs. Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas (154)

10:33 a.m.: Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (150) vs. Irina Paulin Gabasa, Philippines (151)

10:42 a.m.: Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. (148) vs. Sarah Harris, Hermitage, Tenn. (153)

10:51 a.m.: Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (148) vs. Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (152)

11 a.m.: Yu Liu, People's Republic of China (147) vs. Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. (153)

11:09 a.m.: Kacie Komoto, Honolulu, Hawaii (149) vs. Kristine Odaiyar, Ocala, Fla. (151)

11:18 a.m.: Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (147) vs. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, Canada (153)

11:27 a.m.: Lauren Kim, Los Altos, Calif. (149) vs. Anne Cheng, Torrance, Calif. (152)

11:36 a.m.: Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii (145) vs. Megan Blonien, Altus, Okla. (154)

11:45 a.m.: Stephanie Liu, St. Albans, Mo. (150) vs. Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa. (151)

11:54 a.m.: Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark. (148) vs. Brooke Henderson, Canada (153)

12:03 p.m.: Manuela Carbajo Re, Argentina (148) vs. Thanya Pattamakijsakul, Thailand (152)

12:12 p.m.: Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. (146) vs. Andrea Unson, Philippines (153)

12:21 p.m.: Katelyn Reynolds, Los Angeles, Calif. (149) vs. Dottie Ardina, Philippines (151)

12:30 p.m.: Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. (147) vs. Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla. (153)

12:39 p.m.: Kaitlin Park, Tustin, Calif. (149) vs. Hee Wook Choi, Korea (152)