U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur: Yuka Saso goes low again in Day 2

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U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur: Yuka Saso goes low again in Day 2

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U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur: Yuka Saso goes low again in Day 2

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She’s on a roll now.

Yuka Saso posted a 5-under 67 during Day 2 of the U.S. Girls’ Junior and has surged to 12-under for the event after 36 holes of stroke play in SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis., to earn medalist honors.

Saso has yet to bogey a hole – the only player in the field to not post a bogey – while recording 10 birdies and an eagle, which she got on the 509-yard par 5 14th hole during Tuesday’s round.

“I really don’t play in match play except at USGA championships,” said Saso, “so to be honest I am a little nervous. But I’m trying to prepare and set myself up well.

“I’m definitely happy. My goal over the first two days was to get into match play so it feels good to accomplish that.”

A little less than two weeks ago, Saso won the Girls Junior PGA Championship and is now looking to add some more serious hardware to her trophy case.

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Maddison Hinson-Tolchard of Australia shot a 65 and is 7-under after two rounds. She is in second, five shots back.

Sophia of Norwood, N.J., is in third, 5-under par. She had three bogeys on Tuesday but still managed a 1-under round of 71.

YoonMin Han of Korea and Jillian Bourdage of Tamarac, Fla. are T-4 at 3-under par.

Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose, Calif. and Lei Ye of China, both T-6 at 2-under.

Bohyun Park of Korea, Erica Shepherd of Greenwood, Ind., Erika Smith of Orlando, Fla., and Briana Chacon of Whittier, Calif. are T-8 at 1-under par.

Those eleven golfers were the only ones to finish under par after two days of stroke play.

Grace Summerhays of Scottsdale, Ariz., is T-35. She shot a second-round 73 with her brother Preston serving as her caddie. Preston won the U.S. Amateur last Saturday.

Alexa Pano, who was runner up in the event in 2018, is T-44 after rounds of 75 and 73.

The cut came in at 6-over and the event now flips to match play. The field of 156 has been cut to 64, with six rounds of head-to-head competition beginning on Wednesday. Saturday’s final is a 36-hole marathon.

To get to 64, there was a playoff among 13 players for the final two spots, with Caroline Hodge advancing first after being the only golfer to make birdie on the first playoff hole.

The final spot will come down to Ainsley Cowart of Winston, Ga., and Kayle Sakoda of Cypress, Calif. Both players birdied the par-4 17th hole, eliminating the other competitors.

Cowart and Sakoda will resume the playoff on No. 18 on Wednesday at 6 a.m. ET and then go back to 16, if necessary.

UPDATE: Sakoda parred the third playoff hole, the 18th, to claim the final spot.

The matches for the Round of 64 are now set. Sakoda, as the last player to make match play, faces Saso, who won medalist honors.

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