Top junior girls of 2012: No. 9 Moriya Jutanugarn
Friday, December 21, 2012
From Ariya Jutanugarn's dominating performance at the Concession Golf Club to her older sister Moriya making her way through LPGA Q-School, 2012 was a year to remember for girls junior golf.
Over the course of 10 days, we will bring you the top 10 players of the year starting at No. 10 and ending with the player who we think had the most impressive season.
Who's No. 9? None other than Thai sensation Moriya Jutanugarn, who has turned pro and won LPGA Q-School two weeks ago.
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9. Moriya Jutanugarn (Bangkok, Thailand)
The resume: Jutanugarn, winner of the 2012 Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament, played in the U.S. Women’s Open. She had two AJGA top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. Jutanugarn made it to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Commentary: Tough to put her this low on the list, but she didn’t play too many junior events to rank her higher. When she did, she was a threat on the course. She defended her title at the Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament, and got the chance to play in the U.S. Women’s Open. It seemed to me that she was concentrating more on her professional career than her junior or amateur career this year., but I still couldn’t leave her off the list.