Medalist Yin Nearly Sets U.S. Girls' Junior Scoring Record


Angel Yin carded a championship-best 65 on Tuesday at Forest Highlands Golf Club's Meadow Course to take medalist honors by five shots. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)
By Christina Lance, USGA
July 22, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Angel Yin, 15, of Arcadia, Calif., has added her name to the United States Golf Association record books, carding 13-under 131 in stroke-play qualifying and earning medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at Forest Highlands Golf Club.

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Yin’s 131 is the second-lowest 36-hole score in both U.S. Girls’ Junior and USGA amateur championship history. Taylore Karle shot a 130 at the 2005 Girls’ Junior conducted at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho. Danny Green also returned a 131 at the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links held at Rush Green Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove, Minn.

Yin followed Monday’s 66 with a 7-under 65 on Tuesday, which is not only her personal best, but also ties the women’s record on Forest Highlands’ Meadow Course. They are honors that Yin called “exciting.”

“(It’s) one of my big accomplishments,” said Yin, who competed in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run. “That tells me that I know the course better than other people and maybe I have more of an advantage in this tournament.”

There was an 11-for-8 playoff to fill the final spots in the 64-player match-play bracket, with the cut coming at 6-over 150. Ten players advanced to the second playoff hole; however, the playoff was suspended due to darkness with only five players completing the hole. The playoff will resume on Wednesday at 7 a.m. MST.

Following Monday’s success, Yin came into the day with very modest expectations.

“To shoot even par,” said Yin of her goal for the final qualifying round. “I’ve never really handled pressure that well.”

Yin again capitalized on her tremendous length off the tee, made even longer by the thin air found in Flagstaff, which sits at nearly 7,000 feet above sea level. She is able to hit all par-5s on the course in two, provided she hits a good shot.

In a round packed with eight birdies, Yin actually pointed to a par on the 16th hole as the highlight of her round. After hooking her tee shot way left, she punched out and hit her pitching wedge to 3 feet.

“It doesn’t sound exciting, but…” said Yin with a wry smile.

Three-time Women’s Mexican Amateur champion Marijosse Navarro, 17, of Mexico, sits in second at 8-under 136. She shot a bogey-free 66, opening with six birdies in her first nine holes and cruising in from there.

Navarro already has a semester of college golf under her belt, joining the Texas A&M team for the spring season and finishing sixth at the 2014 NCAA Division I Championship held at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club, site of the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Mariel Galdiano, 15, of Pearl City, Hawaii, earned solo third at 3-under 141. She made three birdies to three bogeys for an even-par round of 72.

While not happy with a few mistakes, the two-time U.S. Women’s Open competitor was overall content with her performance.

“I made some good comeback par putts, so that helped keep me together,” said Galdiano, who attends the Punahou School, which counts President Barack Obama and reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie among its alumni. “I definitely could have shot at least one or two under today.”

Four players sit at 2-under 142: Bethany Wu, 17, of Diamond Bar, Calif.; Kathleen Scavo, 16, of Benicia, Calif.; Gigi Stoll, 17, of Tigard, Ore.; and Princess Mary Superal, 17, of the Philippines.

Wu, who fell in the 2013 Girls’ Junior semifinals to eventual runner-up Lakareber Abe, carded the low round of the morning wave. Her 4-under 68 included five birdies against one bogey.

“The ultimate goal is to make it to the finals since I missed it last year,” said Wu, who has verbally committed to attend UCLA in the fall of 2015.

Local favorite Hannah O’Sullivan, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., is one of seven players tied for 11th at 1-under 143. She is joined by Andrea Lee, who made the cut at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, and Lilia Khatu Vu, who made the cut at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Last week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up Eun Jeong Seong struggled in her second round, making a triple-bogey at the fifth hole and a double-bogey at the par-4 16th. However, her 4-over total of 148 was enough to qualify for match play.

The 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final at 9:30 a.m. MST 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.

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

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted on the Meadow Course at the 6,718-yard, par-72 Forest Highlands Golf Club (* = in 11-for-8  playoff for final match-play spots):

Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 66-65--131
Marijosse Navarro, Mexico 70-66--136
Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii 69-72--141
Princess Mary Superal, Philippines 70-72--142
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. 74-68--142
Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. 73-69--142
Gigi Stoll, Tigard, Ore. 73-69--142
Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. 74-69--143
Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. 72-71--143
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. 74-69--143
Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 71-72--143
Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. 69-74--143
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas 72-71--143
Clare Amelia Legaspi, Philippines 71-72--143
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. 75-69--144
Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas 75-69--144
Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. 71-74--145
Ana Paula Valdes, Mexico 74-71--145
Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. 73-72--145
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 69-76--145
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 77-68--145
Gabrielle Barker, Caldwell, Idaho 74-71--145
Yuka Saso, Philippines 74-71--145
Lauren Waidner, Fleming Island, Fla. 70-75--145
Muni He, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 75-70--145
Gabriela Coello, Venezuela 76-70--146
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 72-74--146
Brynn Walker, St. Davids, Pa. 75-71--146
Anna Hack, Murray, Ky. 71-75--146
Ellen Takada, Irvine, Calif. 72-74--146
Monica Dibildox, Mexico 75-72--147
Emma Albrecht, Ormond Beach, Fla. 73-74--147
Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. 75-72--147
Madison Odiorne, Bend, Ore. 77-70--147
Shelly Shin, Australia 77-70--147
Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif. 72-75--147
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. 74-73--147
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas 76-72--148
Virginia Green, Point Clear, Ala. 70-78--148
Mary Janiga, Wellington, Fla. 70-78--148
Brigitte Dunne, Camarillo, Calif. 72-76--148
Nina Alexis Novilla, Carson, Calif. 73-75--148
Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. 74-74--148
Courtney Zeng, Orlando, Fla. 70-78--148
Eunjeong Seong, Republic of Korea 72-76--148
Shannon Oh, Oceanside, Calif. 75-74--149
Fuzzy Brooks, Kingwood, Texas 74-75--149
Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. 77-72--149
Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif. 76-73--149
Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. 72-77--149
Amanda Doherty, Atlanta, Ga. 73-76--149
Emilee Hoffman, Folsom, Calif. 72-77--149
Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii 74-75--149
Sofia Chabon, Philippines 76-73--149
Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand 75-74--149
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas 77-72--149

*Dylan Kim, Plano, Texas 73-77—150 (4,3)
*Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii 71-79—150 (4,4)
*Julie Luo, Centreville, Va. 75-75—150 (4,4)
*Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. 74-76—150 (4,3)
*Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 75-75—150 (4,4)
*Sarah Rhee, Lynnwood, Wash. 76-74—150 (4,4)
*Maria Davis, Vallejo, Calif. 76-74—150 (4,4)
*Jiyoon Jang, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 73-77—150 (4,4)

Failed to Qualify

*Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. 72-78—150 (4,5)
*Ellie Slama, Salem, Ore. 77-73—150 (4,6)
*Haley Thiele, Wahoo, Neb. 75-75—150 (5)
Calista Reyes, San Diego, Calif. 76-75--151
Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif. 79-72--151
Amanda Kim, Ofallon, Mo. 75-76--151
Madison Thomas, Shelbyville, Ky. 76-75--151
Pauline Beatriz Del Rosario, Philippines 75-76--151
Abigail Cantwell, Scottsdale, Ariz. 77-75--152
Dree Fausnaugh, Orlando, Fla. 75-77--152
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii 75-77--152
Annie Swords, Newnan, Ga. 77-75--152
Lexie Long, Dublin, Ohio 77-75--152
Sabrina Long, Alpharetta, Ga. 76-76--152
Maya Walton, Austin, Texas 75-77--152
Minjou Chen, Chinese Taipei 79-73--152
Samantha Hutchison, San Jose, Calif. 78-75--153
Julie Houston, Allen, Texas 76-77--153
Morgan Gonzales, Chandler, Ariz. 78-75--153
Isabella Dilisio, Hatfield, Pa. 76-77--153
Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. 76-77--153
Kristin Dahee Chung, Republic of Korea 76-77--153
Elsa Moberly, Science Hill, Ky. 78-75--153
Julia Dean, Brighton, Mich. 76-77--153
Emily Salamy, Williamsburg, Va. 80-74--154
Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 77-77--154
Madison Pacheco, Pensacola, Fla. 81-73--154
Janet Zhang, Canada 78-76--154
Claire Hodges, Sorrento, Fla. 80-74--154
Amelia McKee, Paso Robles, Calif. 72-82--154
Michelle Kim, Canada 79-76--155
Nicolette Donovan, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 78-77--155
Isabella Fierro, Mexico 76-79--155
Gillian Vance, Lakewood, Colo. 79-77--156
Ailin Li, People's Republic of China 81-75--156
Jakeishya Le, Santa Ana, Calif. 74-82--156
Jessica Luo, San Jose, Calif. 79-77--156
Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. 81-75--156
Maria Vesga, Colombia 78-78--156
Jacquelyn Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 76-80--156
Christina Yang, Suwanee, Ga. 80-76--156
Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, N.J. 80-76--156
Annika Clark, Highlands, Texas 78-78--156
Ellie Szeryk, Allen, Texas 79-77--156
Ty Akabane, Danville, Calif. 81-75--156
Alanis Sakuma, Kapolei, Hawaii 80-76--156
Logan Otter, Saint Peters, Mo. 76-80--156
Grace Ni, Houston, Texas 77-80--157
Maddie Luitwieler, Katy, Texas 76-81--157
Hayden Mammen, Clovis, Calif. 78-79--157
Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 77-80--157
Grace Yatawara, Salisbury, N.C. 79-79--158
Patricia Wong, Walnut, Calif. 79-79--158
Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill. 79-79--158
Katrina Prendergast, Sparks, Nev. 77-81--158
Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg, Ohio 82-76--158
Katie Stribling, Santa Ana, Calif. 79-79--158
Olivia Benzin, Tacoma, Wash. 79-79--158
Jessica Sloot, Fruit Heights, Utah 82-76--158
Alexis Biedrzycki, New Lenox, Ill. 78-81--159
Susana Vik, Norway 80-79--159
Kiran Sangha, San Mateo, Calif. 81-78--159
Kenedee Peters, Olympia, Wash. 82-77--159
Melissa Yao, Alameda, Calif. 80-80--160
Anna Redding, Concord, N.C. 83-77--160
Luiza Altmann, Windermere, Fla. 81-79--160
Lauren Comegys, Austin, Texas 82-78--160
Maria Andrea Donado Paez, Colombia 79-81--160
Delaney Shah, North Potomac, Md. 82-78--160
Elizabeth Bose, Norfolk, Va. 80-81--161
Hannah Zeman, Ontario, Calif. 84-77--161
Sophie Dipetrillo, Dover, Mass. 79-82--161
Anita Uwadia, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 81-81--162
Catherine Caudill, Clarksville, Tenn. 84-78--16
Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, N.J. 85-78--163
Yeji Shin, Norwood, N.J. 85-78--163
Holly McCann, Raleigh, N.C. 80-83--163
Claire Cameron, Martinsville, Ind. 81-83--164
Kasey Nielsen, Kent, Ohio 82-82--164
Maggie Rees, Carmel, Ind. 81-83--164
Jaclyn Murray, Grand Junction, Colo. 82-83--165
Emma Whitaker, Wichita, Kan. 81-84--165
Kennedy Swann, Austin, Texas 87-79--166
Sydney Merchant, Morrison, Colo. 86-80--166
Emily Corrigan, Irvington, N.Y. 83-84--167
Caroline Caudill, Clarksville, Tenn. 87-82--169
Hannah Ghelfi, East Falmouth, Mass. 90-79--169
Jennifer Krause, Eugene, Ore. 83-87--170
Mackenzie Hawkes, Madison, Conn. 85-85--170
Erin Sargent, Longmont, Colo. 88-83--171
Larissa Carter, Auburn, N.Y. 86-86—172

Pairings

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Pairings and starting times for Wednesday's first round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior, being contested at Forest Highlands Golf Club's Meadow Course. (All times MST)

Upper Bracket

10:15 am - Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. (131) vs. Julie Luo, Centreville, Va. (150)
8:00 am - Emma Albrecht, Ormond Beach, Fla. (147) vs. Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (147)
8:09 am - Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (144) vs. Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif. (149)
8:18 am - Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. (145) vs. Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. (149)
10:06 am - Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. (143) vs. Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. (150)
8:27 am - Muni He, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (145) vs. Mary Janiga, Wellington, Fla. (148)
8:36 am - Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (143) vs. Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (149)
8:45 am - Lauren Waidner, Fleming Island, Fla. (145) vs. Brigitte Dunne, Camarillo, Calif. (148)
8:54 am - Princess Mary Superal, Philippines (142) vs. Maria Davis, Vallejo, Calif. (150)
9:03 am - Anna Hack, Murray, Ky. (146) vs. Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif. (147)
9:12 am - Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (143) vs. Emilee Hoffman, Folsom, Calif. (149)
9:21 am - Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (145) vs. Eunjeong Seong, Republic of Korea (148)
9:30 am - Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (142) vs. Sarah Rhee, Lynnwood, Wash. (150)
9:39 am - Brynn Walker, St. Davids, Pa. (146) vs. Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (147)
9:48 am - Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. (143) vs. Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii (149)
9:57 am - Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (145) vs. Courtney Zeng, Orlando, Fla. (148)

Lower Bracket

10:24 am - Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (136) vs. Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii (150)
10:33 am - Monica Dibildox, Mexico (147) vs. Madison Odiorne, Bend, Ore. (147)
10:42 am - Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (144) vs. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. (149)
10:51 am - Ana Paula Valdes, Mexico (145) vs. Fuzzy Brooks, Kingwood, Texas (149)
11:00 am - Gigi Stoll, Tigard, Ore. (142) vs. Dylan Kim, Plano, Texas (150)
11:09 am - Gabriela Coello, Venezuela (146) vs. Virginia Green, Point Clear, Ala. (148)
11:18 am - Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (143) vs. Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand (149)
11:27 am - Yuka Saso, Philippines (145) vs. Nina Alexis Novilla, Carson, Calif. (148)
11:36 am - Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii (141) vs. Jiyoon Jang, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (150)
11:45 am - Ellen Takada, Irvine, Calif. (146) vs. Shelly Shin, Australia (147)
11:54 am - Clare Amelia Legaspi, Philippines (143) vs. Amanda Doherty, Atlanta, Ga. (149)
12:03 pm - Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. (145) vs. Shannon Oh, Oceanside, Calif. (149)
12:12 pm - Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (142) vs. Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas (150)
12:21 pm - Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas (146) vs. Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (148)
12:30 pm - Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (143) vs. Sofia Chabon, Philippines (149)
12:39 pm - Gabrielle Barker, Caldwell, Idaho (145) vs. Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. (148)

 

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