Top junior girls of 2012: No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn
Saturday, December 29, 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. 1? None other than Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn.
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1. Ariya Jutanugarn (Bangkok, Thailand)
The resume: She was the 2012 Rolex Player of the Year and was named a first team Rolex Junior All-America. She finished the season at No. 1 in the Golfweek girls junior rankings. Jutanugarn won the Junior PGA Championship, the Thunderbird International Junior and the Rolex Girls Junior Championship by an 18-shot margin. She was a semifinalist at both the U.S. Girls’ Junior (stroke-play medalist, too) and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. She won the AJGA Polo Junior Golf Classic (stroke play co-medalist honors, too).
Commentary: Without question, Jutanugarn was the No. 1 player in girl’s junior golf this year. The way she dominated fields was unheard of. She shot 18 under, yes 18 under, an AJGA record, at Concession Golf Club, which is considered a very challenging course. Her 65 during the second-round was four strokes better than anyone else all week. She won some of the top junior tournaments and AJGA Invitationals known today. Semifinalist finishes at two USGA championships were two little slip-ups that she had (if you can even call them slip-ups). It could be put into question, but is this the best or one of the best years by a junior girl ever? Definitely questionable, but I think it’s possible.