Olympia Fields, Ill. – Dottie Ardina, Ariya Jutanugarn, Amy Lee and Yu Liu advanced to
Friday afternoon’s semifinal matches at the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior
Championship, being conducted on the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia
Fields Country Club.
The morning’s quarterfinal matches were interrupted
by a two-hour, 13-minute rain delay that dropped nearly three-quarters of an
inch of rain over the heat-baked South Course. The storm also brought some much
needed relief from the week’s brutal heat wave.
Stroke-play medalist Jutanugarn, 15, of Thailand,
opened with consecutive bogeys on the first two holes against fellow
Then. She never led in her match before the
stoppage of play.
“On the front nine, I wasn’t so good. I didn’t know
what was going on,” said Jutanugarn, who had lost to Then in a playoff at the
2011 Rolex Tournament of Champions. “I didn’t know if my ball would lie right
However, the rain delay came at an opportune moment
for Jutanugarn. When the match resumed on the 10th hole, her game returned, and
four birdies over the last eight holes gave her a 1-up victory.
Jutanugarn’s afternoon opponent will be 14-year-old Amy Lee,
of Brea, Calif.,
who also took a tight match to the 18th green. When Talia Campbell
three-putted from 6 feet
for bogey, Lee was able to capture the
final hole with a par for a 1-up victory.
also credited the rain delay with helping her regain her confidence.
“I was hitting the ball much better when I got out
there, so I think the rain delay helped me,” said Lee,
whose only lead of the match came on the final hole.
While the first two quarterfinal matches were
18-hole nail biters, matches three and four were much more straightforward. Yu Liu, 15, of the
People’s Republic of China,
defeated 2008 runner-up Karen Chung, 6 and 5, while Filipino Dottie Ardina, 17, eliminated
Summar Roachell by a 5-and-4 margin.
“Everything was in good shape today, especially my
putting,” said Liu, the winner of the Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship.
“That was fabulous.”
Ardina, who struggled throughout her match with
blisters on her feet, felt like she didn’t play her best game, despite her
large winning margin.
“I had a lot of birdie chances, makeable putts. But
they never went in,” said Ardina, a two-time participant in the Women’s World
Amateur Team Championship. “I think Summar kind of struggled for some of the
holes. … It’s just that I kept making easy pars and she kept making bogeys.”
The 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior will
continue with the semifinal matches on Friday afternoon. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olympia Fields, Ill. – Results from Friday’s
quarterfinal round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship,
being conducted on the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields
Country Club (All times CDT):
Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand
(140) def. Gabriella Then,
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
(147), 1 up
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (149) def. Talia Campbell,
(153), 1 up
People's Republic of China
(147) def. Karen Chung,
(148), 6 and 5
Dottie Ardina, Philippines
(151) def. Summar
Roachell, Conway, Ark.
(148), 5 and 4
Olympia Fields, Ill. – Pairings for Friday’s semi
round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being
conducted on the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields Country Club
(All times CDT):
2:30 p.m.: Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (140) v. Amy Lee,
2:15 p.m.: Yu
Liu, People's Republic of China (147) v. Dottie Ardina, Philippines