U.S. GIRLS' JUNIOR
Meet The Quarterfinalists July 21, 2016 | Paramus, N.J.

Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong has won nine consecutive matches in the U.S. Girls' Junior. (USGA/Jeff Haynes)

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Ya Chun Chang, 15, of Chinese Taipei

  • Born on Aug. 11, 2000
  • Making first USGA championship appearance
  • Won the amateur division of Yeander LPGA in 2015
  • Won the 2015 Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China


Path to the quarterfinals

  • No. 24 seed after posting 71-79–150
  • Round of 64: defeated Ty Akabane (153), 5 and 3
  • Round of 32: defeated Erica Shepherd (147), 19 holes
  • Round of 16: defeated Lucy Li (150), 6 and 5
     


Hye-Jin Choi, 16, of the Republic of Korea

  • Born on Aug. 23, 1999
  • Low amateur in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, finishing tied for 38th
  • No. 14 in Women’s World Amateur Golf  Ranking
  • Top-ranked amateur from the Republic of Korea


Path to the quarterfinals:

  • Co-medalist, No. 1 seed after carding 70-71–141 in stroke play
  • Round of 64: defeated Nicole Whiston (156), 4 and 3
  • Round of 32: defeated Megan Furtney (152), 7 and 6
  • Round of 16: defeated Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (148), 2 up


Kendall Griffin, 17, of Sebring, Fla.

  • Born on Jan. 15, 1999
  • Committed to LSU
  • Tied for second in the Florida State Girls’ Junior Championship
  • At 15, won the AJGA’s Evitt Foundation Junior All-Star Championship
  • 2013 FSGA Girls’ Junior Amateur champion


Path to the quarterfinals:

  • No. 63 seed with 80-75–155 in stroke play
  • Round of 64: 1 up over Sadie Englemann (141)
  • Round of 32: 1 up over Beth Lillie (152)
  • Round of 16: defeated Jing Wen Lu (148), 3 and 2


Andrea Lee, 17, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

  • Born on Aug. 15, 1998
  • Committed to Stanford University in fall 2016
  • No. 2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Semifinalist in 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Won the 2014 Yani Tseng Invitational
  • Qualified for the 2014 U.S Women’s Open
  • Quarterfinalist in the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior


Path to the quarterfinals

  • No. 13 seed after rounds of 71-77–148
  • Round of 64: defeated Kyra Cox (154), 3 and 2
  • Round of 32: defeated Brooke Seay (149), 4 and 3
  • Round of 16: defeated Jayna Choi (143), 6 and 5


Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea

  • Born on Oct. 31, 1999
  • Won the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Reached the round of 32 in the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
  • Qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • No. 25 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking


Path to the quarterfinals

  • Earned No. 3 seed after stroke play with 67-76–143
  • Round of 64: defeated Katherine Muzi (155), 5 and 4
  • Round of 32: defeated Yu Chiang Hou (152), 2 and 1
  • Round of 16: defeated Yu Sang Hou (148), 4 and 3


Yujeong Son, 15, of the Republic of Korea

  • Won the 2015 OJGT Lake Hefner Shootout Championship
  • Won the 2012 US Kids World Championship
  • Won the 2012 OJGT Lincoln Park Championship
  • Youngest to win Oklahoma Women’s State Amateur in 2014, at age 13


Path to the quarterfinals

  • No. 55 seed with rounds of 78-74–152
  • Round of 64: defeated Mika Liu (147), 1 up
  • Round of 32: defeated Lois Kaye Go (153), 6 and 5
  • Round 16: defeated Grace St-Germain (150), 20 holes


Xinying Wang, 17, of China

  • Born on Feb. 11, 1999
  • Qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Reached the Round of 32 in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Katherine Zhu
  • Played in the 2015 Wyndham Cup
  • Won the 2016 AJGA Open at Reno/Tahoe
  • Won the 2016 Yani Tseng Invitational presented by Swinging Skirts


Path to the quarterfinals:

  • No. 11 seed after scoring 76-71–147
  • Round of 64: defeated Lindsay May (154), 2 and 1
  • Round of 32: defeated Calista Reyes (153), 19 holes
  • Round of 16: defeated Hailee Cooper (146), 1 up

 

Waverly Whiston, 16, of San Diego, Calif.

  • Born on Nov. 10, 1999
  • Qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links
  • Reached the Round of 64 in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Four-Ball with sister Nicole


Path to the quarterfinals

  • No. 21 seed after carding 74-76–150
  • Round of 64: defeated Anabelle Chang (153), 1 up
  • Round of 32: defeated Ellie Szeryk (154), 3 and 1
  • Round of 16: defeated Gina Kim (144), 1 up

 

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