Tardy Takes Medalist Honors at Girls' Junior July 22, 2013 By Christina Lance, USGA

Bailey Tardy posted two 69s to earn medalist honors at the 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. (USGA/Fred Vuich)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Bailey Tardy’s 6-under 138 earned her medalist honors after Tuesday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Tardy’s two rounds of 3-under 69 gave her a one-stroke advantage over Lilia Khatu Vu at 5-under 139. Defending Girls’ Junior champion Minjee Lee took third at 4-under 140. Tardy, Vu and Lee were the only three players to shoot two sub-par rounds on the 6,312-yard Jack Nicklaus layout.

The 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship is open to female amateur golfers under the age of 18. It consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday.

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

Tardy did not think that her 138 would stand up as the low championship score. The 16-year-old from Norcross, Ga., only gave it a small chance, citing the quality of the other 155 players in the championship field. But eleven birdies in two days, including playing the four par-5 holes in a combined four under par, gave Tardy the top seed in the 64-player draw.

(Today) was a little windier than I expected, said Tardy, who in June won the 2013 Georgia Girls’ Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, her home course. That made some shots difficult. But overall I had a good time.

Tardy’s round could have been even better, as she approached the final two holes at six under for the day. But a bogey at the par-4 eighth (her 17th hole), and a double at the par-4 ninth put a damper on her post-round excitement.

I didn't have a very good finish, but I played pretty good, said Tardy, who last year gave a verbal commitment to attend the University of Georgia in 2015, calling it a ‘lifelong dream.’ I made a lot of putts today, so that really helped me.

Tardy’s 138 is the lowest medalist score since Lisa McCloskey fired a 134 total at Hartford (Conn.) Golf Club in 2008. It’s quite an achievement for a young woman who has only been playing golf for four years.

I think when I started winning small junior tournaments, I realized that I could actually have a future in this and it's really fun, said Tardy, who was took up the game at age 12 when her soccer team disbanded. I love meeting new girls out here, so I think that's what sparked the energy to play golf.

To look at Vu’s scorecard, nine birdies in two days should be signs of two successful rounds. But the 15-year-old from Fountain Valley, Calif., is not at all enthused about her play at Sycamore Hills on Tuesday.

I felt like today I had to try to make par, said Vu, winner of the 2013 Los Angeles City Junior Championship. Every hole, I left myself with work for par.

Vu’s round began with a bogey after her drive found the water on the par-4 10th hole, her first hole of the day. That did not calm her already rattled nerves.

I was like, oh no, what am I going to do now, said Vu, who is competing in her third Girls’ Junior. I started to birdie and I was like, OK, I'm still in this. Then I just tried to do my best on the rest of the holes.

Lee, 17, has put her 2012 victory at Lake Merced Golf Club outside San Francisco behind her, focusing on Sycamore Hills and a new championship. Like Tardy, she pointed to the wind as a key factor in her round.

It was actually a lot (more) wind than I expected, said Lee, ranked No. 4 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. I thought it was going to be calm, but when I got here it was so windy.

Some of the par 4s were playing really long. I was playing hybrid in and there's not a hole here I would need to hit hybrid for a second shot.

Tuesday’s steady winds certainly wreaked havoc with scores, with the field average at 79.19, up nearly two strokes from Monday’s 77.37. Only six players – Tardy, Vu, Lee, Jennifer Kupcho (70), Kristen Gillman (70) and Chandler Gallagher (70) – managed under-par rounds on Tuesday, as opposed to 16 on Monday.

Andrea Lee, who held the lead after Monday’s first round at 5-under 67, struggled Tuesday. A triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 18th sparked a 10-stroke swing for the 14-year-old, who still finished in a tie for ninth at 5-over 144. .

Casie Cathrea, the low amateur at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open, had eight bogeys and a double bogey on Tuesday en route to a 9-over 81. However, her two-day total of 9-over 153 put her into a tie for 46th and earned her a berth in the match-play bracket.

Nine players competed for the final match-play spot, with Abbey Carlson earning the 64th seed on the second playoff hole. She will face Tardy in Wednesday’s first round of match play.

Among those to miss the cut were 2012 Girls’ Junior quarterfinalist Kelli Murphy (13-over 157) and 2013 Women’s Amateur Public Links quarterfinalist Krystal Quihuis (15-over 159).

Christina Lance is the assistant manager of communications for the USGA. Email her at clance@usga.org.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Results from Tuesday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, conducted at the 6,312-yard, par-72 Sycamore Hills Golf Club (* = in a playoff):

Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. - 69-69–138

Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. - 68-71–139

Minjee Lee, Australia - 71-69–140

Yueer Feng, Orlando, Fla. - 69-72–141

Kelsey Ulep, Rocklin, Calif. - 69-73–142

Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. - 69-73–142

Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. - 68-74–142

Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. - 69-74–143

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. - 67-77–144

Mai Dechathipat, Oakton, Va. - 70-74–144

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. - 69-76–145

Princess Superal, Philippines - 72-73–145

Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif. - 70-75–145

Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. - 75-70–145

Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. - 72-73–145

Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas - 75-70–145

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii - 70-76–146

Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas - 74-72–146

Lyberty Anderson, Chesterfield, Va. - 73-73–146

Angella Then, Upland, Calif. - 73-73–146

Gabrielle Barker, Caldwell, Idaho - 72-75–147

Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. - 69-79–148

Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas - 75-73–148

Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas - 73-75–148

Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J. - 71-77–148

Gigi Stoll, Beaverton, Ore. - 72-76–148

Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. - 75-74–149

Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. - 72-77–149

Emily Campbell, Carrollton, Texas - 75-74–149

Jennifer Peng, San Diego, Calif. - 73-76–149

Chandler Gallagher, Kansas City, Mo. - 79-70–149

Sabrina Bonanno, Norridge, Ill. - 74-75–149

Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. - 72-77–149

Marijosse Navarro, San Antonio, Texas - 71-79–150

Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. - 77-73–150

Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. - 72-78–150

Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas - 77-74–151

Anneliese Newell, Tampa, Fla. - 76-75–151

Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. - 73-78–151

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. - 73-78–151

Chakansim Khamborn, Thailand - 76-75–151

Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn. - 72-79–151

Kelly Whaley, Farmington, Conn. - 77-75–152

Gabriella Then, Upland, Calif. - 72-80–152

Hannah Green, Australia - 75-77–152

Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. - 72-81–153

Lou Daniella Uy, Philippines - 72-81–153

Maria Fassi, Mexico - 75-78–153

Sierra Kersten, Spokane, Wash. - 75-78–153

Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, Pa. - 78-75–153

Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. - 78-75—153

Christina Foster, Canada - 80-73–153

Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas - 75-78–153

Isabelle Kane, Winnetka, Ill. - 77-76–153

Elsa Diaz, San Antonio, Texas - 75-78–153

Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove, Minn. - 76-78–154

Emily Mahar, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 80-74–154

Lauren Gros, Windermere, Fla. - 78-76–154

Laura Hoskin, New Zealand - 74-80–154

Pauline Del Rosario, Philippines - 75-79–154

Dana Gattone, Addison, Ill. - 78-76–154

Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas - 77-77–154

Alexis Monet Flores, Litchfield Park, Ariz. - 79-75–154

*Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. - 77-78–155

Failed to Qualify

*Rebecca Klongland, Stoughton, Wis. - 74-81–155

*Nikolette Schroeder, Avon Lake, Ohio - 73-82–155

*Hannah Pietila, Brightin, Mich. - 74-81–155

*Patricia Wong, Walnut, Calif. - 80-75–155

*Alivia Brown, Gig Harbor, Wash. - 74-81–155

*Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J. - 75-80–155

*Pitsinee Winyarat, Thailand - 77-78–155

*Maddie Rose Hamilton, Louisville, Ky. - 76-79–155

Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. - 77-79–156

Celia Kuenster, Mendota Heights, Minn. - 76-80–156

Elsa Moberly, Science Hill, Ky. - 78-78–156

Riley Rennell, Columbia, Tenn. - 80-76–156

Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif. - 77-79–156

Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg, Ohio - 76-80–156

Giovana Maymon, Mexico - 80-76–156

Eunice Yi, Evans, Ga. - 76-81–157

Kelli Murphy, Elgin, S.C. - 80-77–157

Amanjoty Sangha, San Mateo, Calif. - 78-79–157

Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 77-80–157

Cecily Overbey, High Point, N.C. - 80-77–157

Michaela Owen, Suwanee, Ga. - 81-76–157

Qinxin Guo, New Zealand - 76-82–158

Karen Arimoto, Japan - 79-79–158

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. - 76-82–158

Janet Zhang, Canada - 75-83–158

Kelsey Badmaev, Blythewood, S.C. - 77-81–158

Kenzie Wright, Frisco, Texas - 80-78–158

Alana Uriell, Carlsbad, Calif. - 78-80–158

Jocelyn Chia, La Crescenta, Calif. - 75-83–158

Jessica Sloot, Fruit Heights, Utah - 78-80–158

Lauryn Keating, Elma, Wash. - 77-82–159

Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz. - 79-80–159

Maria Vesga, Colombia - 80-79–159

Kristine Odaiyar, Ocala, Fla. - 76-83–159

Katie Story, Dickson, Tenn. - 79-80–159

Molly Skapik, Miamisburg, Ohio - 76-83–159

Brigitte Dunne, Camarillo, Calif. - 77-82–159

Bree Wanderscheid, Goldendale, Wash. - 81-78–159

Haley Kluth, Noblesville, Ind. - 81-79–160

Maddy Rayner, Southlake, Texas - 81-79–160

McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn. - 81-79–160

Lauren Johnson, Signal Mountain, Tenn. - 82-78–160

Sarah Archuleta, West Linn, Ore. - 79-81–160

Sophia Chen, Newbury Park, Calif. - 81-79–160

Jamie Binns, San Diego, Calif. - 78-82–160

Dree Fausnaugh, Lake Mary, Fla. - 80-81–161

Julia Calbi, South Barrington, Ill. - 78-83–161

Thamonpat Siriko, Thailand - 83-78–161

Samantha Spencer, Canada - 83-78–161

Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. - 76-85–161

Nicolette Donovan, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - 78-83–161

Haleigh Krause, Eugene, Ore. - 83-78–161

Alanis Sakuma, Kapolei, Hawaii - 84-77–161

Shannon Oh, Oceanside, Calif. - 77-85–162

Jamie Freedman, Miami, Fla. - 82-80–162

Annie Swords, Newnan, Ga. - 77-85–162

Annika Haynes, Canada - 79-83–162

Ana Paula Valdes, Hilton Head, S.C. - 79-84–163

Cherokee Kim, Dupont, Wash. - 81-82–163

Jayshree Sarathy, Palo Alto, Calif. - 79-84–163

Rylee Pedigo, Fort Worth, Texas - 81-82–163

Kristin Le, Aiea, Hawaii - 84-80–164

Payton Schanen, Alpharetta, Ga. - 81-83–164

Audrey Judd, Olathe, Kan. - 78-86–164

Eden Howard, Lamar, S.C. - 84-81–165

Virginia Green, Point Clear, Ala. - 84-81–165

Megan Carter, Blackshear, Ga. - 77-88–165

Jordy Labarbera, Allen, Texas - 78-87–165

Emily Laskin, Elk Grove, Calif. - 81-85–166

Isabella Salant, Carlsbad, Calif. - 79-87–166

Diane Lim, Norcross, Ga. - 84-82–166

Christine Kim, San Jose, Calif. - 83-83–166

Abigail Gleixner, Greenwood, Ind. - 81-86–167

Allie Andersen, The Woodlands, Texas - 79-88–167

Megan Conder, Brentwood, Calif. - 78-89–167

Jessica Spicer, Bahama, N.C. - 84-83–167

Shania Berger, Socorro, N.M. - 85-83–168

Siyun Liu, People's Republic of China - 84-84–168

Cobair Collinsworth, Sandy, Utah - 80-89–169

Haeley Wotnosky, Wake Forest, N.C. - 86-83–169

Claire Cameron, Martinsville, Ind. - 84-86–170

Jaclyn Lee, Canada - 88-83–171

Emily Gillman, Austin, Texas - 87-85–172

Luiza Altmann, Brazil - 79-93–172

Alexis Hios, Rye, N.Y. - 89-86–175

Hannabeth Owens, Crab Orchard, Ky. - 90-85–175

Keilyn Ing, Honolulu, Hawaii - 88-88–176

Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif. - 82-94–176

Annie Collom, Davidson, N.C. - 91-86–177

Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest, N.C. - 93-85–178

Brooke McDougald, The Woodlands, Texas - 75-WD–WD

Hanna Lee, Cincinnati, Ohio - 87-WD–WD


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, conducted at the 6,312-yard, par-72 Sycamore Hills Golf Club (All times EDT):

Upper Bracket

9:45 a.m.         Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (138) vs. Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. (155)

7:30 a.m.         Sabrina Bonanno, Norridge, Ill. (149) vs. Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. (149)

7:39 a.m.         Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (145) vs. Sierra Kersten, Spokane, Wash. (153)

7:48 a.m.         Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (146) vs. Maria Fassi, Mexico (153)

7:57 a.m.         Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (143) vs. Emily Mahar, Scottsdale, Ariz. (154)

8:06 a.m.         Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J. (148) vs. Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (151)

8:15 a.m.         Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (144) vs. Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove, Minn. (154)

8:24 a.m.         Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas (148) vs. Chakansim Khamborn, Thailand (151)

8:33 a.m.         Yueer Feng, Orlando, Fla. (141) vs. Dana Gattone, Addison, Ill. (154)

8:42 a.m.         Emily Campbell, Carrollton, Texas (149) vs. Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (150)

8:51 a.m.         Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif. (145) vs. Christina Foster, Canada (153)

9 a.m.              Angella Then, Upland, Calif. (146) vs. Hannah Green, Australia (152)

9:09 a.m.         Kelsey Ulep, Rocklin, Calif. (142) vs. Pauline Del Rosario, Philippines (154)

9:18 a.m.         Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. (149) vs. Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (151)

9:27 a.m.         Princess Superal, Philippines (145) vs. Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas (153)

9:36 a.m.         Gabrielle Barker, Caldwell, Idaho (147) vs. Gabriella Then, Upland, Calif. (152)

Lower Bracket

9:54 a.m.         Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (139) vs. Alexis Monet Flores, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (154)

10:03 a.m.       Chandler Gallagher, Kansas City, Mo. (149) vs. Marijosse Navarro, San Antonio, Texas (150)

10:12 a.m.       Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. (145) vs. Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, Pa. (153)

10:21 a.m.       Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas (146) vs. Lou Daniella Uy, Philippines (153)

10:30 a.m.       Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (142) vs. Lauren Gros, Windermere, Fla. (154)

10:39 a.m.       Gigi Stoll, Beaverton, Ore. (148) vs. Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (151)

10:48 a.m.       Mai Dechathipat, Oakton, Va. (144) vs. Elsa Diaz, San Antonio, Texas (153)

10:57 a.m.       Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas (148) vs. Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn. (151)

11:06 a.m.       Minjee Lee, Australia (140) vs. Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (154)

11:15 a.m.       Jennifer Peng, San Diego, Calif. (149) vs. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (150)

11:24 a.m.       Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. (145) vs. Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. (153)

11:33 a.m.       Lyberty Anderson, Chesterfield, Va. (146) vs. Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (153)

11:42 a.m.       Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (142) vs. Laura Hoskin, New Zealand (154)

11:51 a.m.       Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (149) vs. Anneliese Newell, Tampa, Fla. (151)

12 p.m.            Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (145) vs. Isabelle Kane, Winnetka, Ill. (153)

12:09 p.m.       Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (148) vs. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, Conn. (152)