Top junior Yujeong Son advances to quarterfinals after playoff at U.S. Girls' Junior

U.S. Girls' Junior

Top junior Yujeong Son advances to quarterfinals after playoff at U.S. Girls' Junior

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Top junior Yujeong Son advances to quarterfinals after playoff at U.S. Girls' Junior

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Golfweek’s No. 1-ranked junior Yujeong Son parred the second playoff to beat Canada’s Grace St.-Germain and advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Son, of Korea, fell one down after St.-Germain birdied 17, but won the 18th hole to force a playoff. The players headed back to the first tee for the first playoff hole, where both players made par. Son then made par at the 153-yard, par-3 2nd hole to keep her run at a title alive.

It’s a bit of redemption for Son after she was knocked out in the round of 16 last year to Angel Yin, who eventually went on to finish as runner-up, 5 and 3.

Eun Jeong Seong, who is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back titles at the U.S. Girls’ Junior since Hollis Stacy won three years in a row from 1969-1971, also advanced to the quarterfinals, cruising to a 4-and-3 victory over Taiwan’s Yu Sang Hou. Seong won five of the first six holes to quickly put the contest out of reach.

Co-medalist Hye Jin Choi held off a late comeback from Paphangkorn Tavatanakit to grab a 2 up victory. Choi was 3 up thru 13, but wins at 14 and 16 for Tavatanakit shrunk Choi’s lead to 1 heading to 17. They halved 17 before Choi’s bogey at 18 won her the hole.

Andrea Lee, an incoming freshman at Stanford, won six holes on the front nine against Jayna Choi to grab a 6-and-5 win and advance to the quarterfinals. Lee captured a win over Brooke Seay in the morning 4 and 3, giving Lee just 28 holes played on the day – the fewest of anyone in the quarterfinals.

Kendall Griffin, who barely made the cut at 9 over in stroke play, has parlayed her 63 seed to a quarterfinal berth as she beat China’s Jing Wen Lu 3 and 2.

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