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Brentley Romine
Sam Burns during the second round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Sam Burns during the second round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

BRYAN, Texas –– The third round of the Junior PGA Championship will feature top-notch lead groups in both the boys and girls divisions.

On the boys side, Gordon Neale, fresh off a second-round 64 at Miramont Country Club, will play alongside Sam Burns and Brad Dalke, who are two and three shots back, respectively. The lead trio will tee off of the first tee at 2 p.m. Central.

Kristen Gillman, the girls leader by three shots, will play with second-place Hannah O'Sullivan and Samantha Wagner, who is five shots back. They will begin their third rounds at 9 a ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas – Austin Connelly has played a lot of golf with Gordon Neale during the past couple of years.

So it was no surprise to Connelly when Neale posted a 7-under 64 Wednesday at Miramont Country Club to take the second-round lead at the Junior PGA Championship.

“I’ve seen him do this before,” Connelly said. “He’s a streaky player. He can definitely make a lot of birdies.”

Neale began his opening round with five straight birdies – two-putting from 30 feet at the par-5 first hole, chipping in at the par-3 third and making putts inside of 5 feet ...

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Brentley Romine

After the first round of the Junior PGA Championship, Kristen Gillman leads the girls division by two shots while Luis Gagne, S.M. Lee, Parker Reddig and Triston Fisher share the lead on the boys side.

The girls, who played Tuesday's opening round in the morning, will now tee off in the afternoon for Wednesday's second round while the boys will get the early tee times.

Reddig and Fisher will play alongside Timothy Colanta, starting their rounds off of the first tee at 8:10 a.m. Central. Gagne begins his round at 7:10 a.m. off ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas – One key to playing competitive golf is to have a short memory.

Luis Gagne of Orlando, Fla., and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., each showcased that Tuesday in the opening round of the Junior PGA Championship.

Gagne, who lost in a playoff and didn’t make match play last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur, shares the lead with three other players at Miramont Country Club after an opening 3-under 68.

“After that round, it was almost heartbreaking, but my good friend Andy (Zhang) kind of pumped me up for this week,” said Gagne, who is competing ...

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Tianlang Guan, shown here during the Volvo China Open, opened with a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club.
Tianlang Guan, shown here during the Volvo China Open, opened with a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club.

CHICAGO – After Tianlang Guan made headlines in April 2013 for becoming the youngest player to compete in the Masters, at age 14, not much had been heard about him since. Actually, he hasn’t played much golf at all.

He played in the Hong Kong Open in late 2013 and the Volvo China Open in April, but missed the cut in both events. Guan, 15, has played only two other junior tournaments until this week. Now, he is competing in his first big-boy amateur tournament.

Guan fired a 4-under 67 in the afternoon wave of the Western Amateur at The ...

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Brentley Romine
Amy Lee won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship. Starting in 2014, the boys and girls champion of the event will receive a PGA Tour and LPGA exemption, respectively.
Amy Lee won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship. Starting in 2014, the boys and girls champion of the event will receive a PGA Tour and LPGA exemption, respectively.

BRYAN, Texas – For the first time, the winners of the Junior PGA Championship will earn PGA Tour and LPGA exemptions, the PGA of America announced Tuesday.

The boys' champion this week at Miramont County Club will receive an invite to the 2015 Valero Texas Open on March 26-29 at TPC San Antonio. The girls' champion will be invited to play in the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on April 24-27 at Lake Merced Golf Club near San Francisco.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with events on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, which allow our Junior PGA champions ...

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Brentley Romine
Scotland's Bradley Neil won the 119th British Amateur with a 2-and-1 triumph at Royal Portrush.
Scotland's Bradley Neil won the 119th British Amateur with a 2-and-1 triumph at Royal Portrush.

Scotland's Bradley Neil and Sweden's Linnea Strom were among 12 boys and girls selected to Europe's 2014 Junior Ryder Cup team.

Neil, the fifth-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the British Amateur last month and was the first name to be announced by European captain Stuart Wilson. Strom is the fifth-ranked player in the women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, and won the Spanish Ladies Amateur in March and the Polo Golf Junior Classic last November.

Strom is also one of three players making a second appearance in the event, which will be played ...

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Brentley Romine
Cameron Young is one of 156 junior golfers competing in the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Cameron Young is one of 156 junior golfers competing in the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

BRYAN, Texas – Chris Childers affectionately refers to the Junior PGA Championship as the "munchkin major."

"It's basically a spinoff of the PGA Championship," said Childers, championship director of the Junior PGA, which begins Tuesday at Miramont Country Club. "Both of them are run by the same department, the same people. It's the same operational-wise. All of the policies and procedures are the same."

So it's no wonder 156 of the top boys and girls junior golfers will compete this week as the Junior PGA, now in its 39th year, makes its first visit to Texas.

The 72-hole ...

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July 26, 2014 | 11:05 p.m.

Winner's bag: Will Zalatoris, U.S. Junior

Brentley Romine
A look inside the bag of U.S. Junior Amateur champ Will Zalatoris.
A look inside the bag of U.S. Junior Amateur champ Will Zalatoris.

A look inside the bag of Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degree, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (15 degree, Fujikura Motore F3 shaft)

HYBRID: Titleist 913H (19 degree, Fujikura Speeder 904)

IRONS: Titleist AP2 (4-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (52, 56 and 60 degrees, all with True Temper Dynamic Gold x100 shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport

BALL: Titleist ...

Brentley Romine
William Zalatories poses with the championship trophy after outlasting Davis Riley in the U.S. Junior Amateur final on Saturday.
William Zalatories poses with the championship trophy after outlasting Davis Riley in the U.S. Junior Amateur final on Saturday.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Will Zalatoris qualified for his first U.S. Junior Amateur when he was 12 years old.

Just barely over 5 feet tall and hardly tipping 100 pounds on the scale, Zalatoris opened with a 1-under 71 at the 2009 U.S. Junior at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. One of his playing competitors that day, former top-ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay, shot 73.

“To show you how dumb and naive I was, I had no idea who he was,” said Zalatoris, who then carded a second-round 87 to miss the match-play cut.

Five years later, and in ...

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Brentley Romine
Will Zalatoris, left, and Davis Riley are all square through 18 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods' Nicklaus Course in The Woodlands, Texas.
Will Zalatoris, left, and Davis Riley are all square through 18 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods' Nicklaus Course in The Woodlands, Texas.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– If the first 18 holes were indication, the final 18 holes of Saturday’s U.S. Junior Amateur final are sure to be hotly contested.

Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, are all square at the midway point of the scheduled 36-hole final at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course. In total, 12 birdies, seven bogeys and a double bogey have been made between the two so far, and neither has taken more than a 2-up lead at any point in the first 18 holes.

Here’s how it’s all ...

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Brentley Romine
Will Zalatoris and Davis Riley will face off in Saturday's U.S. Junior finale in The Woodlands.
Will Zalatoris and Davis Riley will face off in Saturday's U.S. Junior finale in The Woodlands.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – After an exciting five days of action at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur, the field is down to two players – Will Zalatoris and Davis Riley.

Zalatoris, a 17-year-old from Plano, Texas, held off a late charge from Australian Curtis Luck to win his semifinal match, 1 up, Friday at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course. Riley, a 17-year-old from Hattiesburg, Miss., and last year’s runner-up, needed 21 holes to knock off Sam Horsfield.

Here’s a closer look at the 36-hole championship match:

• • •

Will Zalatoris (Plano, Texas) vs. Davis Riley (Hattiesburg, Miss.), 8 a ...

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Brentley Romine
Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield over 21 holes in the U.S. Junior Amateur semifinals on Friday.
Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield over 21 holes in the U.S. Junior Amateur semifinals on Friday.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Most golfers his age would’ve crumbled.

But not Davis Riley.

The 17-year-old from Hattiesburg, Miss., missed two match-winning putts from inside 5 feet late in his semifinal match Friday against Sam Horsfield at the U.S. Junior Amateur. He then regrouped and drained another short putt for par at the 21st hole to advance to his second straight U.S. Junior final.

“It was crazy,” said Riley, who will now face Will Zalatoris in Saturday’s 36-hole final at The Club at Carlton Woods. “I just told myself to get that out of your head and ...

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Brentley Romine
Will Zalatoris, Curtis Luck, Sam Horsfield and Davis Riley all advanced to Friday afternoon's semifinals at the U.S. Junior Amateur, setting up what should be an exciting pair of matches.
Will Zalatoris, Curtis Luck, Sam Horsfield and Davis Riley all advanced to Friday afternoon's semifinals at the U.S. Junior Amateur, setting up what should be an exciting pair of matches.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– We’re now just three matches away from determining the winner of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Will Zalatoris, a 17-year-old Wake Forest signee from Plano, Texas, defeated top-seeded Sean Crocker of Zimbabwe, 3 and 2, Friday at The Club at Carlton Woods to move onto the semifinals. He’ll now face Australian Curtis Luck, a 2-up winner over Will Grimmer of Cincinnati, Ohio, at 12:45 p.m. Friday.

In the other semifinal, set to start at 1 p.m., Sam Horsfield of England and Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., will meet after each recorded ...

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Brentley Romine
Curtis Luck was one of four Australians who qualified for the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Curtis Luck was one of four Australians who qualified for the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Curtis Luck lives more than 10,500 miles from The Club at Carlton Woods. So why is the Australian feeling at home this week in The Woodlands?

Not only was Luck one of four Australians in the initial 156-player field at the U.S. Junior Amateur, he is also one of about 15 players affiliated with Golf Australia staying at The Woodlands Resort this week.

“A lot of Australians come over (to the U.S.) for the summer,” said Luck, who is the last remaining Australian left at the U.S. Junior Amateur after defeating Joshua McCarthy ...

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