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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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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls
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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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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Julie Williams
Cindy Ha plays her tee shot at the seventh hole during the third round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Cindy Ha plays her tee shot at the seventh hole during the third round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cindy Ha has been at this for nearly two weeks. Somehow, she still found the legs to beat Goliath on Thursday at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Ha was one of 14 players who flew directly from the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash., to the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Forest Highlands. Regardless, she took down medalist Angel Yin late Thursday afternoon after being iced by a weather delay for more than an hour.

“Everyone is tired, so you have to think of yourself as an equal player with ...

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Julie Williams
Brigitte Dunne plays her tee shot at the 19th hole during the second round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Brigitte Dunne plays her tee shot at the 19th hole during the second round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Barely visible near the crook of Brigitte Dunne’s left arm is the word “relentless,” temporarily tattooed in light grey ink. There isn’t a better word to describe Dunne’s comeback victory against Hailee Cooper on Thursday at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Dunne went 2 down to Cooper early in the day at Forest Highlands, but fought back to 2 up by the time she stepped onto the 17th tee, a par 3 increased to 235 yards on Thursday. Dunne hit her tee shot in a bunker short of the green and lost to Cooper’s ...

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Julie Williams
Mary Janiga and her caddie Jennifer Zhang celebrate a birdie at the sixth hole during the first round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Mary Janiga and her caddie Jennifer Zhang celebrate a birdie at the sixth hole during the first round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Early week at Forest Highlands, Tim Janiga created a mantra for his daughter Mary. After perusing the names of adolescent heavy hitters on the U.S. Girls’ Junior scoreboard, Janiga decided his daughter could become one, too.

“To get her excited, we were saying, ‘Who’s Mary Janiga?’ ” he said. Indeed, before Wednesday, the name took a Google search when it showed up on the leaderboard.

After the first round of match play, Mary Janiga is one of 32 players still standing at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. That required Tim to change a plane ticket he already ...

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Julie Williams
Samantha Wagner, shown during the 2013 Annika Invitational, is playing in her final U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.
Samantha Wagner, shown during the 2013 Annika Invitational, is playing in her final U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –– When Samantha Wagner dropped a 10-foot putt to win the 12th hole and take a 6-up lead on Brynn Walker, her brother C.J. nearly clotheslined her with the pin out of excitement.

This caddie-player sibling partnership is four years in the making, so it’s significant that C.J. called Wednesday’s round at Forest Highlands one of the three best putting days of his sister’s career (that he’s witnessed, at least). The first two both took place at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., where Samantha played the 2012 PGA Junior Championship ...

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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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