OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 72 on Tuesday to take medalist honors with a 4-under 140 after two rounds of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls’ Junior championship.
Jutanugarn, a 15-year-old native of Bangkok, finished four strokes ahead of her nearest competitor on another hot day at the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Temperatures were approaching 100 degrees.
Casie Cathrea, 15, of Livermore, Calif., was second at even-par 144 after shooting a 2-under 70 in the second round.
Eimi Koga of Honolulu, Hawaii, shot the best round of the day, a 69, and finished third.
Match play starts Wednesday and the 36-hole championship final will be played Saturday.