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Cassie Stein
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (left) and Augusta James after the first round of the Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (left) and Augusta James after the first round of the Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.

Team Canada leads the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship after a tournament-record of 9-under 135 in the first round to hold a two-shot lead at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

Canada was led by Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, with a 66 and a 69 from Augusta James on the par-72 Oshitate course in the play-three-count-two format. Canada’s third team member Brittany Marchand shot a 71.

Two-time defending champion South Korea is in second at 137, while France is third after a 140.

South Korea is vying to become the first team to ...

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Golfweek Staff
United States team members play a practice round in Japan.
United States team members play a practice round in Japan.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship begins Wednesday, bringing the top amateur golfers in the world to 72 Golf East in Japan.

The United States team, featuring Alison Lee (UCLA), Kristen Gllman (committed to Alabama) and Emma Talley (Alabama), will tee off from 7:45 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. local time Wednesday on the Oshitate Course (6:45 to 7:05 p.m. EST Tuesday night). The trio will be grouped with Italy and Belgium, with Lee playing alongside Fanny Cnops, who plays at Central Florida, and Roberta Liti, who will tee it up at Arizona ...

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Cassie Stein
Ollie Schniederjans (left) and Minjee Lee win the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medals as the top-ranked amateur in their respective divisions.
Ollie Schniederjans (left) and Minjee Lee win the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medals as the top-ranked amateur in their respective divisions.

Ollie Schniederjans and Minjee Lee have claimed the Mark H. McCormack medals as the leading amateur players in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking for their respective divisions.

Schniederjans, 21, from Powder Springs, Ga., won five times as a junior at Georgia Tech.

He reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship and played on the U.S. Palmer Cup team in England.

Schniederjans also placed 41st in the European Tour’s Scottish Open and tied for fifth at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic.

“I’m very excited about this accomplishment,” Schniederjans said ...

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Ron Gaines
University of Toledo golfer Jennifer Elsholz won the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over Michigan State golfer Lindsey McPherson.
University of Toledo golfer Jennifer Elsholz won the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over Michigan State golfer Lindsey McPherson.

Shannon Warner, a 23-year-old nanny who caddies more than she plays these days, Michigan State golfer Lindsey McPherson, University of Toledo golfer Jennifer Elsholz, and University of Wisconsin golfer Kimberly Dinh faced off on Friday morning to determine the finalists for the 98th Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship.

In the end, it was Elsholz and McPherson who prevailed to face each other in the afternoon championship match at the Alister MacKenzie-designed University of Michigan golf course. Both McPherson, who last week played in the LPGA Tour’s Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids via a sponsor’s exemption, and Elsholz ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Kristen Gillman during the third round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Kristen Gillman during the third round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

The three Americans who will take part in next month's Women’s World Amateur Team Championship are Kristen Gillman, Alison Lee and Emma Talley, the USGA announced Tuesday.

The U.S. team, captained by Martha Lang, will be headed to Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Japan for the Sept. 3-6 biennial matches. South Korea is the two-time defending champion after winning in 2012 in Turkey. The U.S. has not won since 1998.

Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif., is a sophomore at UCLA. Talley, 20, of Princeton, Ky., is a junior at Alabama. Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, recently ...

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Nick Masuda
The third hole of The Olympic Club's Lake Course in San Francisco.
The third hole of The Olympic Club's Lake Course in San Francisco.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A total of 2,234 teams have signed up for the USGA's inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, the USGA announced Tuesday morning.

Replacing the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2014, the two-man team event will be played May 2-6 on Olympic's Lake and Ocean courses.

“We are pleased that nearly 4,500 players will compete in qualifying for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship,” Daniel B. Burton, the USGA's vice president and Championship Committee chairman, said in a news release. “The four-ball format is ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Kristen Gillman receives a hug from her caddie/sister Emily after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.
Kristen Gillman receives a hug from her caddie/sister Emily after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Kristen Gillman ate pizza and frozen yogurt for six consecutive nights this week. Apparently it’s the dinner of champions, for this 16-year-old Texan at least.

Gillman, a fan of pepperoni, proved a most worthy champion of the 114th U.S. Women’s Amateur. Her iron play on the back nine of the afternoon match was exemplary. Time after time, she put pressure on opponent Brooke Mackenzie Henderson with shots to 3 feet.

“I just keep fighting,” said Gillman, “because I don't want to leave here without the ultimate prize.”

Gillman, her mouth full of ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson has a 2-up lead after 18 holes of the final at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson has a 2-up lead after 18 holes of the final at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Brooke Mackenzie Henderson birdied the last two holes of the morning round to take a 2-up lead over Kristen Gillman going into lunch at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. The 36-hole final resumes at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Henderson stuffed it to 1 foot on the 17th hole with a wedge from 116 yards and then drained a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th. It was a solid display of golf from the two 16-year-old finalists who combined for two bogeys over the immaculate and difficult Nassau Country Club. Henderson finished 3 under while ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (left) and Kristen Gillman will meet in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (left) and Kristen Gillman will meet in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – The finalists of the U.S. Women’s Amateur are both 16 years old but, in many ways, the similarities end there.

Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, is enjoying the best summer of her life. She’s hot off a record-setting victory at the Junior PGA and making her debut in this championship. Safe to say no one would’ve predicted that Gillman would be in Sunday’s 36-hole finale.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, however, was among the favorites to start the week. While Gillman is ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek junior rankings, Henderson is No ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Kristen Gillman is one of four 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur semifinalists, all of which are 16 years old or younger.
Kristen Gillman is one of four 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur semifinalists, all of which are 16 years old or younger.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. –– The average age of the semifinalists here at the U.S. Women’s Amateur is 15.75. That’s one year less than the average age of semifinalists at the 2014 Girls’ Junior. It’s the youngest collection of semifinalists in championship history.

“It’s fun watching the junior golfers dominate,” said 16-year-old Kristen Gillman, who gets her braces off next month.

Of the four players remaining at Nassau Country Club, 16-year-old Brooke Mackenzie Henderson is by far the most decorated player. She’s Golfweek’s top-ranked amateur and No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf ...

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An interesting view is from the bottom of the cup on a golf course. See what these few players do when they see a go pro at the bottom of the cup on the practice green of the U.S. Women's Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.

August 8, 2014 | 12:27 p.m.

VIDEO: A day at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur

Go behind the scenes and see what a full day is like at the U.S. Women's Amateur is like at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.

Wouldn't you like to known more about these up and coming stars of tomorrow? This week at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Glen Cove, N.Y., we go behind the scenes and ask some of the women, what's so interesting about them. Take a look!

Beth Ann Nichols

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Emma Talley had to this to say to Su-Hyun Oh after a 9-and-8 thrashing in the Round of 16: “You better win it, Su.”

Talley, the 2013 Women’s Amateur champ, suffered the biggest loss at the Women’s Amateur since Angela Park defeated Jennifer Ackerson, 9 and 8, in the third round in 2005.

“This might sound crazy,” said Talley, “but I felt like I hit the ball pretty solid.”

Oh opened play at Nassau Country Club with a course-record 4-under 66. She’s playing in her third Women’s Amateur and has now advanced ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Eimi Koga hugs her caddie/sister, Jennifer, after their round at the 2014 U. S. Women's Amateur at Nassau Country Club.
Eimi Koga hugs her caddie/sister, Jennifer, after their round at the 2014 U. S. Women's Amateur at Nassau Country Club.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Eimi Koga, a first-timer at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, will have her work cut out in the Round of 16 against the best player in college golf, Alison Lee. But the slender Koga, an 18-year-old Hawaiian, is used to overcoming the odds.

On Halloween 2012, Koga was hit in the head by a golf ball during a practice round after a junior boy teammate shanked a 3-wood. She was rushed to the hospital on the Big Island with internal bleeding. Because there were no brain surgeons on the island, she was flown home to ...

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VIDEO: A day at the U.S. Women's Amateur

Go behind the scenes and see what a full day is like at the U.S. Women's Amateur is like at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.

VIDEO: Hmmm . . . That's interesting at the U.S. Women's Am

Wouldn't you like to known more about these up and coming stars of tomorrow? This week at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Glen Cove, N.Y., we go behind the scenes and ask some of the women, what's so interesting about them. Take a look!