Top junior girls of 2012: No. 3 Casey Danielson
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. 3? None other than Wisconsin native Casey Danielson.
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3. Casey Danielson (Osceola, Wis.)
The resume: Danielson, who finished No. 3 in the Golfweek girls junior rankings, had five top-10 finishes in the AJGA in 2012. She was a Rolex Junior All-America as she helped Team USA win the Junior Ryder Cup and the East Team claim the AJGA Wyndham Cup. She was a quarterfinalist at the Polo Junior Golf Classic and made it to the round of 16 at the U.S Girls’ Junior Championship. She also represented the USA at the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in Scotland.
Commentary: This is your All-American girl right here. If you needed to pick someone to represent your country, Danielson would be the one. She did it twice this year, once on home soil (Junior Ryder Cup) and once in Scotland (DOY). She went 5-for-5 in top 10s this year on the AJGA, all in invitational tournaments. That means cream of the crop fields in junior golf. Her best finish was a solo third place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Good stick, and will be a perfect fit at Stanford in the fall.