Gillman Takes 54 Hole-Lead at Jr PGA; Play Suspended in Third Round of Boys’ Division

By: Randy Stutzman/PGA of America
By: Randy Stutzman/PGA of America

BRYAN, Texas -- Before inclement weather halted play for the day in the boys’ division at 5:09 p.m. CST, at Miramont Country Club, Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, extended her girls’ division lead heading into the final round of the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks.

The third round of the girls’ division was played in the morning, and finished well before rain and lightning moved into the area.

The 72-hole Championship featured a 54-hole cut to the low 30 girls, including ties, with 33 girls making the cut at 226.

Play in the third round of the boys’ division and final round of the girls’ division will resume tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.

When play was halted in the boys’ division, Gordon Neale of Trabuco Canyon, California, held a two-stroke lead over Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana. Neale was 2-under par in his third round and 8-under par for the Championship.

The final grouping of Neale, Burns and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Oklahoma, were playing their approach shots into the 12th green when play was suspended.

In the girls’ division, Gillman shot 2-under-par 70 Thursday and pushed her lead to six strokes over Hannah O’Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Florida. Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California, is in fourth place, seven strokes behind Gillman. Through 54 holes, Gilman, O’Sullivan, Wagner and Wu are the only players under par in the girls’ division.

Gillman’s three-day total of 202 is the lowest 54-hole score in the girls’ division of the Junior PGA Championship. She surpassed the previous record of 203 shared by Vicki Goetze of Hull, Georgia, who set the mark in 1990, and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who matched it in 2011.

In the girls’ division, Gillman continued her record-setting pace, bouncing back from a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth, with three birdies in her final four holes.

“I didn’t hit many good approach shots on the front nine today, and just made a few more mistakes overall,” said Gillman, whose lead shrunk to just one stroke after 10 holes. “But I wanted to have a bigger lead tomorrow so I tried to make as many birdies as I possibly could.”

Gillman, the 54-hole co-leader in the 2013 Junior PGA Championship, is looking forward to the final round tomorrow.

“I think both girls [Wagner and O’Sullivan] will play really well tomorrow, so I need to play my best,” said Gillman. “I need to go out and play my game, have fun, and not get caught up in my score.”

Even though she’s six strokes back, Wagner, playing in her fourth Junior PGA Championship, hopes to have a chance to catch Gillman tomorrow.

“I’m a pretty aggressive player, so if I just play that way I should have a lot of birdie chances tomorrow,” said Wagner. “I got pretty close to [Gillman] today on the front nine. If I continue to play well, it should be pretty close tomorrow.”

In addition to claiming the Patty Berg Trophy in the girls’ division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the boys’ division, the field of 156 players will be vying for an exemption to compete on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour in 2015.

The boys’ division champion this year will compete at the 2015 Valero Texas Open, March 26-29, at TPC San Antonio in Texas. The girls’ division champion this year will receive an exemption into the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, April 24-27, at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California. The agreement was reached between the PGA of America, which conducts the Junior PGA Championship, the Valero Texas Open, and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

In addition, the Junior PGA Championship will serve as the final qualifying event for the 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, which will face Europe, Sept. 22-23, at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. The champion and runner-up in both divisions automatically earn a spot on the U.S. team.

39th Junior PGA Championship
presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks
Miramont Country Club – Bryan, Texas
Girls' Division – 6,240 yards
Boys' Division – 7,010 yards

Third-Round Scores

Girls’ Division

Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas 66-66-70--202
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. 71-66-71--208
Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 68-67-73--208
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. 70-69-70--209
Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. 72-72-70--214
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. 72-71-71--214
Ellen Takada, Irvine, Calif. 75-64-75--214
Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. 74-71-70--215
Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. 73-71-72--216
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. 69-79-69--217
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 72-75-70--217
Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii 73-72-72--217
Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. 72-73-72--217
Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas 71-73-73--217
Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 72-73-73--218
Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii 73-73-74--220
Kelly Whaley, Farmington, Conn. 72-75-74--221
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas 78-74-70--222
Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, Pa. 76-75-71--222
Anna Hack, Murray, Ky. 75-76-71--222
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. 77-73-72--222
Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove, Minn. 76-74-72--222
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 73-73-77--223
Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn. 77-75-72--224
Emily Campbell, Lewisville, Texas 76-74-74--224
Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 75-75-74--224
Alex Wright, Midlothian, Va. 76-73-75--224
Maddie Luitwieler, Katy, Texas 77-75-73--225
Maddie Rose Hamilton, Louisville, Ky. 81-73-72--226
Abigail Cantwell, Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-75-73--226
Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. 73-77-76--226
Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas 74-76-76--226
Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio 71-75-80--226
Amber Wang, Sugar Land, Texas 77-77-73--227
Lois Kaye Go, PHILIPPINES 81-76-71--228
Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. 77-77-74--228
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. 75-78-75--228
Haley Nist, Meridian, Idaho 77-74-77--228
Katharine Patrick, West University Place, Texas 74-75-79--228
Maya Walton, Austin, Texas 77-72-79--228
Michelle Xie, Palo Alto, Calif. 73-74-81--228
Haley Thiele, Wahoo, Neb. 81-76-72--229
Bailey Tardy, Peachtree Corners, Ga. 78-74-77--229
Kasey Nielsen, Kent, Ohio 75-80-75--230
Haydyn Gibson, Clearwater, Fla. 75-79-76--230
Jenny Buchanan, Loudonville, N.Y. 72-77-81--230
Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. 71-82-78--231
Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. 74-78-79--231
Virginia Green, Fairhope, Ala. 77-81-74--232
Alisa Snyder, Phoenix, Ariz. 74-82-76--232
Kathleen Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. 79-76-77--232
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii 75-84-74--233
Amanda Kim, O'Fallon, Mo. 80-78-76--234
Valeria Sofia Pacheco, Hallandale Beach, Fla. 80-78-76--234
Lauren Waller, Canonsburg, Pa. 76-80-78--234
Elizabeth Choi, Syosset, N.Y. 77-78-79--234
Victoria Huskey, Greenville, S.C. 79-75-80--234
Shania Berger, Socorro, N.M. 83-81-71--235
Alexa Tsay, Andover, Mass. 72-83-80--235
Greer Clausen, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 78-81-78--237
Hannah Thiele, Wahoo, Neb. 82-74-81--237
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, N.Y. 78-86-74--238
Nikki Long, San Antonio, Texas 82-77-80--239
Jean Tyrrell, Leawood, Kan. 81-77-82--240
Alexis Sadeghy, Edmond, Okla. 83-72-85--240
Gabrielle Curtis, Eau Claire, Wis. 84-79-78--241
Maria Davis, Vallejo, Calif. 78-83-80--241
Paige Van Dyk, Tama, Iowa 77-81-83--241
Rei Nakatani, JAPAN 85-81-80--246
Rachel Johnson, Anderson, Ind. 84-84-79--247
Alyssa Akiyama, Terrace Park, Ohio 82-84-81--247
Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill. 85-82-82--249
Maddy McDanel, Pittsburgh, Pa. 85-83-84--252
Lindsay May, Auburn, N.Y. 82-90-82--254
Angela Garvin, Feeding Hills, Mass. 90-81-85--256
Haylee Chugg, Ogden, Utah 88-87-82--257

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