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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas –– Kristen Gillman will take a six-shot lead into the final round of the Junior PGA Championship Friday at Miramont Country Club while Gordon Neale led the boys competition by two shots before the third round was suspended due to inclement weather Thursday.

Play will resume on the boys side at 8 a.m. Friday with the lead group of Neale, Sam Burns and Brad Dalke on the 12th hole. The final round is set to then start at 11:20 a.m.

The girls' final round will start at 8 a.m. with the final group of Gillman ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas –– A common theme talked about by the top three girls on the leaderboard after three rounds of the Junior PGA Championship was focusing on each shot and not thinking too far ahead.

For leader Kristen Gillman, that mindset will be key if she hopes to convert her current six-shot lead into the biggest victory of her junior-golf career.

For Hannah O’Sullivan and Samantha Wagner, who share second place at Miramont Country Club, that outlook will be crucial as they chase one of two automatic U.S. Junior Ryder Cup spots available for the top two finishers in ...

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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 – Kristen Gillman might have extended her lead to three shots after two rounds of the Junior PGA Championship, but it was Ellen Takada who stole the show Wednesday in the girls division.

Takada, a 17-year-old from Irvine, Calif., went bogey-free and made seven birdies, three of them coming from off the green, en route to a second-round 7-under 64 at Miramont Country Club. She equaled the best girls score in championship history, tying Virada Nirapathpongporn’s 64 at the 1999 Junior PGA.

“It’s the best round of my life,” said Takada, whose previous low round in a ...

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Samantha Wagner during the first round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Samantha Wagner during the first round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

BRYAN, Texas –– A year ago at the Junior PGA Championship, Samantha Wagner held the lead early on and was two shots back heading into the final round. Yet, by the end of the tournament, she found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Playing some of her best golf of the year through three rounds, Wagner woke up the morning of last year’s final round and didn’t feel right.

“I was immediately sick,” said Wagner, who got food poisoning a day earlier.

Despite feeling ill, Wagner decided to play. She did a light warm-up and tried to stay ...

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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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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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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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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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Julie Williams
Princess Mary Superal won the U.S. Girls' Junior in 37 holes on Saturday.
Princess Mary Superal won the U.S. Girls' Junior in 37 holes on Saturday.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A look inside the bag of Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines, who won the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on Saturday at Forest Highlands Golf Club:

DRIVER: Tour Stage X-Drive 707 (9.5 degrees)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G25 (3- and 4-wood)

HYBRID: Ping G25 (20 and 23 degrees)

IRONS: Ping i20 (5-SW)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60 degrees)

PUTTER: Bettinardi Queen B 5 (31 inches)

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Julie Williams
Princess Mary Superal won the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Princess Mary Superal won the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior in Flagstaff, Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Surrounded by her Philippine teammates, Princess Mary Superal was difficult to pick out Saturday. Late in the day on the 14th green at Forest Highlands Golf Club, and with a heavy storm cloud looming on the horizon, they appeared simply as one giggling mass of pink-clad petites.

Superal could later be identified as the one with the medal around her neck, sometimes the one carrying the silver trophy that was nearly half her size. The road to the U.S. Girls’ Junior title was long and hilly, and when over, didn’t quite seem real.

“It’s like ...

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Julie Williams
Princess Mary Superal knocked off Cindy Ha in the U.S. Girls' Junior semifinals on Friday.
Princess Mary Superal knocked off Cindy Ha in the U.S. Girls' Junior semifinals on Friday.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Few putts have been given and few words have been spoken at the midway point of the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club. Finalists Marijosse Navarro of Mexico and Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines are very similar in playing style and quiet demeanor, which has made for an even match so far. Superal took a 1-up lead into the lunchroom.

Neither player stands much taller than 5 feet and both rely on deft touch around the greens. The two matched pars for the opening three holes before Superal birdied the par-4 fourth.

The tee ...

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Julie Williams
Princess Mary Superal knocked off Cindy Ha in the U.S. Girls' Junior semifinals on Friday.
Princess Mary Superal knocked off Cindy Ha in the U.S. Girls' Junior semifinals on Friday.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – As soon as Princess Mary Superal walked off the 18th green at Forest Highlands on Friday afternoon, calls of “Galing!” rang out from the crowd. As Philippine teammates Sofia Chabon and Yuka Saso explained, it means good.

That’s an understatement for Superal’s day. The 17-year-old advanced through two full matches at the U.S. Girls’ Junior to reach the final match. She will be the first Filipina to reach the final since Dottie Ardina in 2011.

The pressure of quarterfinals and semifinals in a USGA championship did little to throw Superal off her game. But Superal ...

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Julie Williams
Cindy Ha defeated Brigitte Dunne with a two-putt par on the 18th hole at the U.S. Girls' Junior on Saturday.
Cindy Ha defeated Brigitte Dunne with a two-putt par on the 18th hole at the U.S. Girls' Junior on Saturday.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – During the final hour of her quarterfinal match at the U.S. Girls’ Junior on Friday morning, it seemed Cindy Ha’s mantra was changing by the minute. Brigitte Dunne was charging, but Ha still had the advantage.

“I looked calm, but on the inside I was pretty nervous,” said Ha, a 17-year-old Vanderbilt commit from Demarest, N.J.

Ha took a 4-up lead into the back nine, which immediately began to dwindle.

“I’m still 3 up,” Ha told herself as Dunne, a fellow 17-year-old from Camarillo, Calif., won No. 10 with a par. By the 13th ...

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