Ariya Jutanugarn Medalist Again at Girls' Junior July 16, 2012 | Daly City, Calif. By Christina Lance, USGA

New Zealand's Lydia Ko, the world's top-ranked female amateur, shot a 1-under 71 on Tuesday at Lake Merced Golf Club. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)

Defending U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Ariya Jutanugarn took stroke-play medalist honors for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, carding a 36-hole total of 2-under 142 and setting the stage for a staunch title defense at the 6,291-yard, par-72 Lake Merced Golf Club.

Jutanugarn assembled two steady rounds of 71 featuring four birdies and three bogeys each to earn the top seed in the 64-player match-play bracket by three strokes over Lydia Ko. However, the 16-year-old from Thailand did point to some faults in her game.

"It wasn’t easy," said Jutanugarn, the 2012 Women’s Western Amateur champion. "My driver was not very good today, but my putter was better. I made long putts two times and some short putts two or three times."

Jutanugarn, who was also the medalist in 2011 at Olympia Fields C.C. outside Chicago, became the first player since Inbee Park (2002-04) to take medalist honors in consecutive years, a fact that she takes with a grain of salt. Park won the 2002 U.S. Girls’ Junior, but lost the 2003 and 2005 finals.

Being medalist is good, but in match play, it’s nothing, said Jutanugarn. I just do my best, and everybody’s the same. Everybody’s tied at the first hole.

Should she go on to win the championship, Jutanugarn would become just the fourth multiple champion in Girls’ Junior history, joining Judy Eller (1957-58) and World Golf Hall of Famers Hollis Stacy (1969-71) and Nancy Lopez (1972, 1974).

Sitting three strokes back is New Zealand’s Ko, the top amateur in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Ko, the low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open nine days ago, had her hands full early, opening with double bogey-bogey on the inward nine. However, a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-3 12th, her first of the championship, came at just the right time.

"The first couple of holes, my drives were going everywhere," said the 15-year-old Ko, who earlier this year won the 2012 New South Wales Open, a professional event, and the Australian Amateur. "But then on 12 I had my first birdie of the tournament and on 13 I had a good drive down there, so I think I got my confidence back.

"I think my putting got better then and the confidence started to rise because I was putting good at the [U.S. Women’s] Open and I was kind of shocked after yesterday."

Canadian Brogan McKinnon, who started the day one shot behind Jutanugarn after Monday’s first-round 72, carded a disappointing 4-over 76 to finish at 4-over 148.

"I was consistent on the front [nine]," said McKinnon, who still easily advanced to match play. "I let it get away on the back [nine]. I bogeyed what I considered the easiest holes on the golf course, holes that I could easily make birdie."

Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro, who won her home country’s 2012 Women’s Amateur, and local favorite Casie Cathrea, of Livermore, Calif., recorded holes-in-one on the third hole, which played 122 yards on Tuesday. Cathrea, who has committed to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2013, carded a 6-under 66, the lowest 18-hole score of the championship, after a 10-over 82 on Monday.

Maria Jose Fassi also sparked an improbable Tuesday comeback. The Mexican teen rebounded from a 17-over 89 on Monday with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday to make the cut.

Karen Chung, the 2008 runner-up from Livingston, N.J., sits at 8-over 152, while 2010 runner-up Katelyn Dambaugh, of Goose Creek, S.C., returned an 11-over 155. Both players advanced to match play.

Notables to miss the cut, which came at 15-over 159 with 12 golfers playing off for the final four match-play spots, included 2012 Women’s Open competitors Hannah O’Sullivan (159) and Gigi Stoll (160), as well as Rachel Dai (159), a member of the Georgia team that won the 2011 USGA Women’s State Team.

Tuesday brought polar-opposite weather conditions from Monday, with sunny skies, relatively calm winds and temperatures in the low 60s. That was readily apparent in the scoring average, which dropped two strokes, 81.3 to 79.4, from Monday to Tuesday.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior continues 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.


Daly City, Calif. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at the 6,291-yard, par-72 Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif. (* - Involved in 12-for-4 playoff for final match-play spots):

Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand - 71-71–142

Lydia Ko, New Zealand - 74-71–145

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. - 75-71–146

Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash. - 74-72–146

Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. - 76-71–147

Marijosse Navarro, Mexico - 75-72–147

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada - 74-74–148

Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. - 82-66–148

Lilia Kha-Tu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. - 75-73–148

Brogan McKinnon, Canada - 72-76–148

Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. - 77-73–150

Minjee Lee, Australia - 79-71–150

Jisoo Keel, Canada - 76-74–150

Su-Hyun Oh, Australia - 78-72–150

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. - 74-76–150

Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. - 79-71–150

Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. - 79-72–151

Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. - 77-74–151

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. - 78-74–152

Anne Cheng, Torrance, Calif. - 79-73–152

Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 76-76–152

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii - 77-75–152

Yueer Feng, Orlando, Fla. - 80-72–152

Anne Freman, Las Vegas, Nev. - 77-75–152

Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. - 77-75–152

McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn. - 77-76–153

Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. - 79-74–153

Kathleen Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. - 73-81–154

Shawn Rennegarbe, Addieville, Ill. - 77-77–154

Yu Liu, Ppls Rep. of China - 76-78–154

Hee Wook Choi, San Diego, Calif. - 75-79–154

Minjia Luo, San Diego, Calif. - 78-77–155

Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. - 79-76–155

Cha Cha Willhoite, Palm Desert, Calif. - 79-77–156

Lyberty Anderson, Chesterfield, Va. - 80-76–156

Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, Md. - 83-73–156

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. - 81-75–156

Haley Mills, Tyler, Texas - 81-75–156

Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark. - 76-80–156

Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas - 75-81–156

Isabella Skinner, Cumming, Ga. - 81-76–157

Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - 80-77–157

Alexandra Kaui, Kapolei, Hawaii - 81-76–157

Ju Hee Bae, Chantilly, Va. - 79-78–157

Kelli Murphy, Elgin, S.C. - 79-78–157

Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas - 79-78–157

Lindsey McCurdy, Kyle, Texas - 83-74–157

Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. - 82-75–157

Jennifer Yu, Huntington Beach, Calif. - 78-79–157

Lauren Johnson, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 81-76–157

Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 83-75–158

Erica Herr, New Hope, Pa. - 80-78–158

Taylor Totland, Tinton Falls, N.J. - 79-79–158

Maria Jose Fassi, Mexico - 89-69–158

Euna Pak, Irvine, Calif. - 79-79–158

Alice Jeong, Gardena, Calif. - 80-78–158

Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. - 77-81–158

Gabby Barker, Caldwell, Idaho - 82-76–158

Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. - 80-78–158

Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. - 78-80–158

*Mikayla Harmon, Gilbert, Ariz. - 75-84–159

*Ji Eun Baik, Newnan, Ga. - 79-80–159

*Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. - 78-81–159

*Julia Beck, Austin, Texas - 80-79–159


Failed to Qualify

*Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, Ore. - 77-82–159

*Hannah O'Sullivan, Cupertino, Calif. - 87-72–159

*Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga. - 78-81–159

*Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii - 80-79–159

*Madison Talley, Clarksville, Ark. - 84-75–159

*Bree Wanderscheid, Goldendale, Wash. - 83-76–159

*Brooke McDougald, The Woodlands, Texas - 81-78–159

*Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. - 83-76–159

Hannah Kim, Chula Vista, Calif. - 88-72–160

Kristine Odaiyar, Ocala, Fla. - 84-76–160

Tatiana Wijaya, Australia - 84-76–160

Hannah Wood, Centennial, Colo. - 80-80–160

Maria Torres, Puerto Rico - 82-78–160

Alana Uriell, Carlsbad, Calif. - 78-82–160

Naomi Ko, Canada - 81-79–160

Taylor Kim, Canada - 83-77–160

Gigi Stoll, Beaverton, Ore. - 74-86–160

Princess Mary Superal, Philippines - 84-76–160

Monet Flores, Litchfield Park, Ariz. - 78-82–160

Sophia Chen, Newbury Park, Calif. - 78-82–160

Evelyn Dole, Raleigh, N.C. - 79-82–161

Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. - 80-81–161

Felicia Paulina Medalla, Philippines - 82-79–161

Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas - 81-80–161

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. - 85-76–161

Camilla Vik, Greenwich, Conn. - 81-80–161

Grace Chua, Canada - 78-83–161

Jordan Keyser, Ahwahnee, Calif. - 83-79–162

Ciera Min, Hilo, Hawaii - 85-77–162

Eunice Yi, Evans, Ga. - 84-78–162

Kelly Grassel, Chesterton, Ind. - 82-80–162

Chloe Bartek, Vancouver, Wash. - 81-81–162

Elsa Moberly, Science Hill, Ky. - 83-79–162

Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas - 85-78–163

Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg, Ohio - 84-79–163

Isabel Southard, Sharon, Mass. - 82-81–163

Emily Campbell, Carrollton, Texas - 83-80–163

Yvonne Zheng, Bradenton, Fla. - 87-76–163

Kelsey Badmaev, Blythewood, S.C. - 80-84–164

Reona Hirai, Summerville, S.C. - 82-82–164

Maddie McCrary, Wylie, Texas - 84-80–164

Kendall Gray, Federal Way, Wash. - 79-85–164

Hannah Pietila, Brighton, Mich. - 81-83–164

Allison Lindley, Kokomo, Ind. - 86-79–165

Catherina Li, Kent, Wash. - 82-83–165

Youngin Chun, Korea - 80-85–165

Sophie Kitchen, Canada - 80-85–165

Samantha Gotcher, Clarksville, Tenn. - 82-83–165

Maddie Rose Hamilton, Louisville, Ky. - 83-82–165

Jordan Webb, Frankfort, Ky. - 88-78–166

Saya Aono, Japan - 88-78–166

Grace Park, Cupertino, Calif. - 85-81–166

Nancy Xu, Sunnyvale, Calif. - 83-83–166

Tatiana Pineda, Colombia - 82-84–166

Megan Kim, Redondo Beach, Calif. - 85-81–166

Lucia Polo, Guatemala - 87-79–166

Sydney Needham, Villa Rica, Ga. - 86-80–166

Morgan Messick, Tucson, Ariz. - 79-88–167

Alexandra Sborov, Pleasanton, Calif. - 80-87–167

Maggie Beth Byers, San Antonio, Texas - 84-83–167

Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. - 84-83–167

Christine Schmitt, Pittsford, N.Y. - 87-80–167

Callie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas - 80-87–167

Kelly McGovern, The Woodlands, Texas - 86-81–167

Anne Willman, Prairie Village, Kan. - 81-87–168

Lauren Gros, Championsgate, Fla. - 82-86–168

Katherine Sborov, Pleasanton, Calif. - 82-86–168

Elizabeth Doty, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. - 83-86–169

Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. - 84-85–169

Rosanna Lederhausen, Hinsdale, Ill. - 82-87–169

Amanda Ploener, Chadds Ford, Pa. - 84-85–169

Kaylee Benton, Cabot, Ark. - 87-82–169

Brooke Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis. - 85-85–170

Calli Ringsby, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. - 86-84–170

Blakesly Warren, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 83-87–170

Emily Gilbreth, Bellaire, Texas - 90-80–170

Sabrina Bonanno, Norridge, Ill. - 86-84–170

Hallie Getz, Pierre, S.D. - 84-87–171

Taylor Coleman, San Antonio, Texas - 89-82–171

Tatum Jackson, Mountain Brook, Ala. - 84-87–171

Gabrielle Curtis, Eau Claire, Wis. - 87-86–173

Avery French, Laguna Niguel, Calif. - 90-83–173

Katherine Smith, Detroit Lakes, Minn. - 84-90–174

Haliee Pieper, Watertown, S.D. - 85-89–174

Taylor Dorans, Erie, Colo. - 90-85–175

Klara Castillo, Albuquerque, N.M. - 91-85–176

Danielle Crilley, East Lansing, Mich. - 87-92–179

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Pottstown, Pa. - 91-89–180

Stephanie Pribonic, Wake Forest, N.C. - 90-91–181

Kim Cifuentes, Gilbert, Ariz. - 86-96–182

Zora Gittens, Parkland, Fla. - 92-90–182


Daly City, Calif. – Pairings for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at the 6,291-yard, par-72 Lake Merced Golf Club. (All times PDT):

Upper Bracket

10:15 a.m.: Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (142) vs. Ji Eun Baik, Newnan, Ga. (159)

8 a.m.: Minjia Luo, San Diego, Calif. (155) vs. Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (155)

8:09 a.m.: Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (150) vs. Jennifer Yu, Huntington Beach, Calif. (157)

8:18 a.m.: Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (151) vs. Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. (157)

8:27 a.m.: Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (148) vs. Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (158)

8:36 a.m.: Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (152) vs. Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas (156)

8:45 a.m.: Lilia Kha-Tu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (148) vs. Alice Jeong, Gardena, Calif. (158)

8:54 a.m.: Anne Freman, Las Vegas, Nev. (152) vs. Isabella Skinner, Cumming, Ga. (157)

9:03 a.m.: Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash. (146) vs. Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. (159)

9:12 a.m.: Shawn Rennegarbe, Addieville, Ill. (154) vs. Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, Md. (156)

9:21 a.m.: Jisoo Keel, Canada (150) vs. Erica Herr, New Hope, Pa. (158)

9:30 a.m.: Anne Cheng, Torrance, Calif. (152) vs. Kelli Murphy, Elgin, S.C. (157)

9:39 a.m.: Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (147) vs. Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. (158)

9:48 a.m.: Kathleen Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. (154) vs. Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (156)

9:57 a.m.: Minjee Lee, Australia (150) vs. Taylor Totland, Tinton Falls, N.J. (158)

10:06 a.m.: Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (152) vs. Ju Hee Bae, Chantilly, Va. (157)

Lower Bracket

10:24 a.m.: Lydia Ko, New Zealand (145) vs. Mikayla Harmon, Gilbert, Ariz. (159)

10:33 a.m.: Hee Wook Choi, San Diego, Calif. (154) vs. Cha Cha Willhoite, Palm Desert, Calif. (156)

10:42 a.m.: Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (150) vs. Lauren Johnson, Chattanooga, Tenn. (157)

10:51 a.m.: Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (151) vs. Lindsey McCurdy, Kyle, Texas (157)

11 a.m.: Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada (148) vs. Gabby Barker, Caldwell, Idaho (158)

11:09 a.m.: McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn. (153) vs. Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark. (156)

11:18 a.m.: Brogan McKinnon, Canada (148) vs. Euna Pak, Irvine, Calif. (158)

11:27 a.m.: Yueer Feng, Orlando, Fla. (152) vs. Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (157)

11:36 a.m.: Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (146) vs. Julia Beck, Austin, Texas (159)

11:45 a.m.: Yu Liu, Ppls Rep. of China (154) vs. Lyberty Anderson, Chesterfield, Va. (156)

11:54 a.m.: Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (150) vs. Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (158)

12:03 p.m.: Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (152) vs. Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas (157)

12:12 p.m.: Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (147) vs. Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (158)

12:21 p.m.: Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (153) vs. Haley Mills, Tyler, Texas (156)

12:30 p.m.: Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (150) vs. Maria Jose Fassi, Mexico (158)

12:39 p.m.: Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (152) vs. Alexandra Kaui, Kapolei, Hawaii (157)