Zoe Antoinette Campos, 13, of Valencia, Calif., is the championship’s youngest competitor. She is approximately two months younger than 13-year-old Kayla Sam, of Anaheim Hills, Calif. Last year’s youngest competitor, Lucy Li, 13, of Redwood City, Calif., has qualified for the championship again.
The championship’s oldest competitor is Riley Rennell, of Columbia, Tenn. She will turn 18 on July 27.
The average age of the Girls’ Junior competitors is 15.78 years old.
Field by age: age 13, three players ... age 14, 19 players ... age 15, 33 players ... age 16, 48 players ... age 17, 53 players
There are 12 countries represented in the championship: Australia; Canada; China; Chinese Taipei; Colombia; Ecuador; Hong Kong, China; Republic of Korea; Mexico; Philippines; Thailand and the United States of America.
There are 32 states represented in the championship: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.
There are three New Jersey residents in the field: Ami Gianchandani, of Short Hills, Yoona Kim, of Oradell, and Kelly Sim, of Edgewater.
There are three USGA champions in the field:
- Hailee Cooper, 16, of Montgomery, Texas (2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Kaitlyn Papp)
- Mika Liu, 17, of Beverly Hills, Calif. (2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Rinko Mitsunaga)
- Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea (2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
There are two USGA runners-up in the field:
- Brianna Navarrosa, 14, of San Diego, Calif. (2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Angelina Kim)
- Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea (2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links)
One of the five Girls’ Junior competitors who played in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle made the cut, including the championship’s 16-year-old low amateur, Hye-Jin Choi. Choi, who finished tied for 38th, was grouped with eventual champion Brittany Lang in Round 3.
The competing players who also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open are:
- Hye-Jin Choi, 16
- Yu Sang Hou, 16
- Mika Liu, 17
- Erica Shepherd, 15
Nineteen Girls’ Junior competitors played in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship this May at Streamsong (Fla.) Resort’s Blue Course. This number includes co-champion Hailee Cooper and co-runner-up Brianna Navarrosa, as well as the following:
- Emma Bradley, 16, of Naples, Fla., with partner Morgan Baxendale (lost in round of 32)
- Julia Dean, 17, of Brighton, Mich., with partner Megan Furtney (lost in round of 32)
- Pauline Del Rosario, 17, of the Philippines, with partner Princess Mary Superal (lost in semifinals)
- Isabella Fierro, 15, of Mexico, with partner Evelyn Arguelles (lost in round of 32)
- Mikhaela Fortuna, 15, of the Philippines, with partner Sofia Chabon (lost in round of 16)
- Megan Furtney, 15, of South Elgin, Ill., with partner Julia Dean (lost in round of 32)
- Kendall Griffin, 17, of Sebring, Fla., with partner Athena Young (lost in round of 32)
- Yu Chiang Hou, 15, of Taipei, with sister Yu Sang (lost in round of 16)
- Yu Sang Hou, 17, of Taipei, with sister Yu Chiang (lost in round of 16)
- Ashley Menne, 14, of Phoenix, Ariz., with partner Lauren Metcalf (missed cut)
- Kaitlin Milligan, 17, of Norman, Okla., with partner Sydney Youngblood (lost in round of 32)
- Yealimi Noh, 14, of Concord, Calif., with partner Yoonhee Kim (lost in round of 16)
- Brooke Seay, 15, of Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., with partner Carolyn Zhao (lost in round of 16)
- Aneka Seumanutafa, 15, of Frederick, Md., with partner Delaney Shah (missed cut)
- Nicole Whiston, 16, of San Diego, Calif., with sister Waverly (lost in quarterfinals)
- Waverly Whiston, 16, of San Diego, Calif., with sister Nicole (lost in quarterfinals)
- Haeley Wotnosky, 16, of Wake Forest, N.C., with partner Courtney McKim (missed cut)
There are two sets of sisters in the field:
- Yu Sang and Yu Chiang Hou, of Chinese Taipei, who reached the round of 16 of this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball as a pairing.
- Nicole and Waverly Whiston, of San Diego, Calif., who reached the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball as a pairing.
Mika Liu, 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball co-champion from Brandenton, Fla., is playing in her sixth U.S. Girls’ Junior, the most of any competitor in this year’s championship. She earned an exemption from qualifying by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Liu won the 2014 Women’s Western Amateur and Southern Amateur championships.
Liu received an exemption into the 2015 ANA Inspiration. The 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball co-champion represented the USA in the 2016 Curtis Cup.