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Julie Williams
Angel Yin won medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.
Angel Yin won medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Angel Yin didn’t breathe a visible sigh of relief until her final hole on Tuesday, nevermind that it ended in a three-putt. Yin still tied the course record of 65, still hit every par 5 in two, and still earned her first U.S. Golf Association medal.

Jennifer Zeng, caddie for opponent Mary Janiga, gave Yin a maternal rub on the shoulder as soon as it was all over at Forest Highlands, and Yin slumped her shoulders, suggesting for the first time that she had felt the pressure.

“I never really handle pressure well,” said Yin, who ...

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Julie Williams
Bethany Wu
Bethany Wu

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Blink and you’ll miss Bethany Wu’s pre-shot routine. If all golfers took Wu’s self-described impatient stance toward this game, pace of play would melt right off golf’s hot-topic list.

“I try to get the round going,” Wu said. “I think before, I used to think too much.”

Wu spent just a few quick seconds over each shot on Tuesday, and raced to a 4-under 68 at Forest Highlands that moved her to 2 under total and a tie for fifth after the morning wave was complete. Wu, 17, a UCLA commit from Diamond Bar ...

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Julie Williams
Angel Yin during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Championship in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Angel Yin during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Championship in Flagstaff, Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Angel Yin is off to a considerably better start at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship than she was a week ago. Yin, one of 14 players to play this championship a week after the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, just had to give herself a new mantra: Bogeys are better than double bogeys.

For a 15-year-old who can hit the ball 275 yards at sea level – and 300 yards this week at Forest Highlands, which sits about 6,000 feet above sea level – it’s understandable that there would be a tendency to play aggressively ...

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Julie Williams
Hannah O'Sullivan during Monday's first round of the USGA's 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Hannah O'Sullivan during Monday's first round of the USGA's 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – If it was possible to test out of high-school public speaking, Hannah O’Sullivan could make a good case at Xavier College Prep, located about 130 miles south of Forest Highlands Golf Course on Interstate 17. In preparation for the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Forest Highlands this week, O’Sullivan charmed members and guests at media day May 19 with an on-the-fly speech. Even more than greens hit or putts dropped on the way to a 1-under 71 that left O’Sullivan near the top of the leaderboard Monday, that trip to the podium says loads for ...

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James Achenbach
Lucy Li, 11 years old, during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.
Lucy Li, 11 years old, during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.

DUPONT, Wash. – Lucy Li, the 11-year-old whiz kid who lost on the 19th hole Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, revealed that she had received a personal letter from John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Li was watching the action Thursday at The Home Course and preparing for a tour of downtown Seattle.

Li said she found out about the letter Wednesday evening in a phone conversation with her father, Warren Li.

Here is the complete text:

Dear Lucy,

Congratulations on a great U.S. Women's ...

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Golfweek Staff
Andrea Lee is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
Andrea Lee is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.

Here are tee times and pairings for the stroke-play portion of the 66th U.S. Girls' Junior Championship to be held at the 6,783-yard, par-72 Forest Highlands Golf Club (Meadow course) in Flagstaff, Ariz.:

Monday (July 21), Hole No. 1/Tuesday (July 22), Hole No. 10

7:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.: Grace Ni, Houston; Claire Cameron, Martinsville, Ind.; Abigail Cantwell, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:10 a.m./12:10 p.m.: Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J.; Gillian Vance, Lakewood, Colo.; Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind.

7:20 a.m./12:20 p.m.: Ailin Li, China; Marijosse Navarro ...

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Categories: Junior, Girls
Brentley Romine
IMG Academy announced Friday that it will replace Callaway Golf as the title sponsor of the Junior World Golf Championships beginning in 2015.
IMG Academy announced Friday that it will replace Callaway Golf as the title sponsor of the Junior World Golf Championships beginning in 2015.

IMG Academy announced Friday that it will replace Callaway Golf as the title sponsor of the Junior World Golf Championships beginning in 2015.

The San Diego-area championship, first played in 1968, is played in 12 age divisions, ranging from 6 and under to 15-17 year olds, and typically fields more than 1,200 golfers annually. Past champions of the event include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa.

Callaway Golf held title sponsorship from 2002-14.

“The Junior World Golf Championships and the San Diego County Junior Golf Association have significantly contributed to the development of youth ...

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Brentley Romine
Austin Connelly
Austin Connelly

Austin Connelly defeated Davis Riley, 1 up, to earn the final point and help the West retain the Wyndham Cup Thursday at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.

The West, which trailed the East by five points entering Thursday, captured the last four of 20 matches to secure a 25-25 tie. The West kept the Cup because of its 5-point victory last year and leads the all-time series 13-9-2.

Connelly trailed, 1 down, after nine holes, but took 1-up leads at the 11th, 13th and finally the 17th to earn his third point of the competition.

“I honestly wasn ...

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Nick Masuda
Doug Ghim of the East squad notched 1.5 points on Wednesday at the Wyndham Cup.
Doug Ghim of the East squad notched 1.5 points on Wednesday at the Wyndham Cup.

Behind solid play from Doug Ghim, the East squad extended its Wyndham Cup lead to 17.5 to 12.5 on Wednesday at the Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.

Ghim, a University of Texas commit, is undefeated over the two days, including securing 1.5 points on Day 2, with a foursomes halve in the morning session when partnered with Qi Wen Wong and then a mixed four-ball victory in the afternoon alongside Rachel Dai.

The West stayed in striking distance mainly due to the play of Sam Burns, who went 2-0 on Wednesday, pairing with Brad Dalke ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Brentley Romine
Qi Wen Wong went undefeated to help the East open up an 8-7 lead Tuesday at the Wyndham Cup.
Qi Wen Wong went undefeated to help the East open up an 8-7 lead Tuesday at the Wyndham Cup.

Qi Wen Wong and Rinko Mitsunaga went undefeated to help the East open up an 8-7 lead Tuesday at the Wyndham Cup.

Wong, of Bradenton, Fla., teamed up with John Augenstein of Owensboro, Ky., to defeat George Cunningham and Cooper Dossey, 2 and 1, in the opening four-ball matches at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Mitsunaga, of Roswell, Ga., and Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., also notched a four-ball victory, defeating three-time Wyndham Cup participant Amy Lee and Maddie Szeryk, 2 up.

Wong and Mitsunaga then combined to beat lee and Collin Morikawa, 5 and 4, in ...

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Brentley Romine
Cody Proveaux (far right), shown after he sunk a putt to clinch the 2012 Wyndham Cup, is among those selected to Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup team.
Cody Proveaux (far right), shown after he sunk a putt to clinch the 2012 Wyndham Cup, is among those selected to Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup team.

This year marks the 25th year of the Wyndham Cup, the AJGA's team match-play competition that pits the East versus the West.

Players such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr have all played in the event.

To celebrate the occasion, here are Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup teams, as selected by Brentley Romine.

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WEST

BOYS

Brad Dalke (2011-13)

Buzz: Dalke will make his fourth Wyndham Cup start this year. He didn't win a match in his first appearance, but the Oklahoma commit has gone 6-0-2 in two Wyndham ...

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Brentley Romine
Amy Lee during the 2012 Wyndham Cup at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.
Amy Lee during the 2012 Wyndham Cup at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

Californians Andrea Lee and Amy Lee (no relation) will represent the West for the third straight year at next week's Wyndham Cup.

They will be among 40 junior golfers from 18 states competing in the AJGA team event, which is in its 25th year and will take place July 7-10 at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. The West notched a five-point victory last season, winning the Cup for the first time since 2010 and moving its all-time record to 13-9-2.

Andrea Lee, of Hermosa Beach, went undefeated in 2013 and holds a 7-1 career record at the ...

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Categories: Brentley Romine, Junior, Boys, Girls
Cassie Stein
Sam Burns and Andrea Lee during the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Sam Burns and Andrea Lee during the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., and Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif. won their respective divisions at the Rolex Tournament of Champions on Friday.

Burns, a LSU commit for 2015, shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to win by three shots at Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. An eagle hole out on the par-5 15th and an 8-footer on 18 propelled Burns to his first AJGA invitational victory.

Both Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., and Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., shot 8-under 64 in the final round. Wood, a Duke signee, finished in second, while ...

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Nick Masuda
Sam Burns holds a five-shot lead after the third round at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Sam Burns holds a five-shot lead after the third round at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Sam Burns, No. 12 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, fired a 7-under 65 Wednesday at Richland Country Club in Nashville to take a one-shot, 36-hole lead at the AJGA's Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Burns holds the edge over No. 34 Kyle Sterbinsky (68-67) and No. 22 William Register (67-68). Overnight leaders Justin Kim and Collin Morikawa both fired 71s to drop to T-4, two shots back of the lead.

Texas-bound Doug Ghim is four back at 6 under for the tournament, tied with Nick Hardy and Carl Yuan in seventh.

One shot further back is fifth-ranked Brad Dalke ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Julie Williams

LAWRENCE, Kan. – When Hirawari Ogura hops a plane on Friday for a 15-hour flight back to Japan, she’ll have a little extra baggage. Ogura claimed a handful of souvenirs during a week in Kansas – good ones, too.

Ogura completed a wire-to-wire victory Thursday at the AJGA’s Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship. For shooting the lowest final-round score in the girls division – a 3-under 69 at Alvamar Country Club’s Championship Course – Ogura received a custom-designed Scotty Cameron putter cover. In Ogura’s mind, it was almost better than the tall glass trophy she received for winning the tournament ...

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