Amateur / Junior

Micheala Williams opens up one-shot 54-hole lead at AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship

Micheala Williams ' 5-over total is good enough for a one-shot cushion in Rochester, N.Y.
Micheala Williams ' 5-over total is good enough for a one-shot cushion in Rochester, N.Y. (YouTube/AJGAvideos)

The high scores continued, and Micheala Williams continued to thrive.

A 3-over 73 was enough for the 36-hole co-leader at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship to earn a solo post at the top, as Gina Kim could only muster a 74. Kim, of Chapel Hill, N.C., is 6 over for the tournament following rounds of 70, 72 and 74. Williams, of Athens, Ala., posted the same scores in the first two rounds but the third-round 73 has her one clear at 5 over heading into the final round.

“I’ve stayed really steady through three rounds,” Williams said. “I haven’t really run into any trouble. I missed a few short ones but other than that, it’s been a really good three days. I’m just going to go into the final round doing what I’ve been doing and focus on making pars.”

Williams, a Class of 2016 Tennessee signee and Golfweek‘s No. 90, actually had five bogeys on the day while Kim, a Class of 2018 Duke commit and Golfweek‘s No. 28, only had four. But Kim’s double on the par-4 eighth at The Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.) proved the difference.

The Class of 2017’s Jaravee Boonchant, a fellow Duke commit and Golfweek‘s No. 8, also posted 74 to sit solo third at 9 over. First-round leader and 24th-rated Elizabeth Wang, a Class of 2018 player and the tournament’s 2014 champion, has gone 79-76 since an opening 66 to fall to a tie for fourth and six back at 11 over.

Williams, who starts college in 50-something days, is, like Eugene Hong, searching for her first AJGA Invitational title.

– Information from the AJGA was used in this report

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