Milligan, Son advance to match play in Girls’ Junior Championship

By Ken MacLeod
Photos by Bill Powell

Megan Khang definitely has the most experience, and maybe the most game, of any of the 156 entrants in the 2015 U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Tulsa Country Club.

Experience? Khang, 17, of Rockland, Mass., is playing in her seventh and final junior championship. She qualified at age 11, the first year she was eligible, and has made the field every year since. Only one other young lady has ever played in seven U.S. Juniors, and that was Margo Morton from 1954-60.
Game? Khang finished as low amateur in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open two weeks ago at Lancaster Country Club. She made three consecutive birdies Tuesday on holes 15-17 to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 65 and finish as medalist at 8-under following her first round 67.

Khang finished four shots better than Javaree Boonchant of Thailand (67-69), Muni He of China (67-69) and Sophie Liu of Canada (66-70).

"It would mean a lot to me to be medalist, but it really doesn’t matter once you reach match play," Khang said. "Anything can happen. I do have more experience than a lot of the girls out here. I hear 60 percent of them are first-timers, which is amazing. I’d like to think I have a little advantage, but in match play, you never know."

Regardless of how this week turns out, Khang faces a big decision soon about her future, and that is whether to attend college at Wake Forest or turn professional.

She recently made a list of her top five goals and finishing low amateur in the Open was at the top of the list. Shooting a bogey-free round in competition was also on there, mostly because her mother had been urging her to do it.

"She’s been after me and I hadn’t done it in competition, at least in a really long time, so it feels great. And finishing ahead of some of the great players at the Open gives me confidence I can compete out there. It’s going to be a tough decision."

Match play among the 64 low qualifiers begins Wednesday and it will include Oklahomans Yujeong Son and Kaitlin Milligan, both of Norman.

Son, the defending Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur and Junior Amateur champion, bounced back from an opening 75 with a 1-under 69 to safely advance. She had four birdies against three bogeys and putted much better than she did Wednesday at Southern Hills in defending her WOGA Junior title.

"Only one three-putt in two days, so much better," Son said. "I drove the ball well today and hit my irons solid. So I’m very happy and excited about match play."

Milligan had to overcome a quadruple bogey 8 on her opening hole. She bogeyed the par-4 second as well, then settled down to play 3-under on the final 16 holes for a 72 and matched Son at 4-over 144, tied for 29th. The top 64 advance to match play.

With both Oklahoma State women’s golf coach Courtney Jones and Oklahoma coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell watching, Milligan recovered with some sage advice from caddie Tom Harlan, who was on the bag for Chi Chi Rodriguez for a few years on the Champions Tour.

"He just told me that between shots, to pretend like I was on vacation and not worry," Milligan said. "He said to putt like I didn’t care."

One of the longer hitters in the field, Milligan overpowered TCC from the third hole on with four birdies against one bogey. She still didn’t capitalize on all the birdie opportunities her solid ballstriking presented, but she was thrilled to be moving on to match play.

The youngest player in the field, 12-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood City, California, is also advancing after tying for 10th at 1-under (70-69). Li, who created a furor last year by qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 11, is playing in her sixth USGA Championship, having also competed in two Public Links Championships, the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Four-Ball Championship.

Li, amazingly, wanted to talk more about her appreciation of the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Tulsa Country Club layout than her game.

"I like Tillinghast courses," she said. "I like the bunkering and the greens. My favorite architect is Alister Mackenzie. I’ve played six of his courses and they’re all great."

Notable: Tiger who? An informal poll of some contestants asking who their favorite golfer is revealed Jordan Spieth to be an overwhelming choice, followed by Rory McIlroy. Woods barely drew a mention.

TULSA, Okla. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted on the 6,076-yard, par-70 Tulsa Country Club course (* = in a playoff):

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 67-65–132
Sophie Liu, Canada 66-70–136
Jaravee Boonchant, Thailand 67-69–136
Muni He, People’s Republic of China 67-69–136
Yu Sang Hou, Chinese Taipei 68-69–137
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. 67-70–137
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 71-67–138
Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii 70-68–138
Aubree Jones, Covington, Tenn. 68-70–138
Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii 71-68–139
Maria Fassi, Mexico 73-66–139
Lucy Li, Redwood City, Calif. 70-69–139
Jessica Mangrobang, Chula Vista, Calif. 72-67–139
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 70-70–140
Han Hsuan Yu, Chinese Taipei 73-68–141
Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. 69-72–141
Kendall Griffin, Sebring, Fla. 72-69–141
Katherine Muzi, Walnut, Calif. 71-70–141
Hannah O’Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz. 73-68–141
Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. 72-69–141
Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif. 69-73–142
Marni Murez, Manhattan Beach, Calif. 72-70–142
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 68-74–142
Yu Chiang Hou, Chinese Taipei 73-69–142
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas 70-72–142
Kelly Sim, Republic of Korea 71-72–143
Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif. 74-69–143
Jayna Choi, Collierville, Tenn. 74-69–143
Annika Cedo, Philippines 71-73–144
Emily Cox, Lancaster, S.C. 70-74–144
Ellie Slama, Salem, Ore. 70-74–144
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii 72-72–144
Naomi Ko, Canada 74-70–144
Kaitlin Milligan, Norman, Okla. 72-72–144
Yujeong Son, Republic of Korea 75-69–144
Lois Kaye Go, Philippines 70-74–144
Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif. 72-72–144
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. 75-69–144
Sarah Spicer, Bahama, N.C. 71-73–144
Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand 74-71–145
Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea 73-72–145
Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. 72-73–145
Monica Dibildox, Mexico 76-69–145
Kelly Su, Scottsdale, Ariz. 72-73–145
Kelsey Zeng, Orlando, Fla. 73-72–145
Maria Balcazar, Mexico 75-70–145
Evelyn Arguelles, Mexico 74-71–145
Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. 72-73–145
Rose Huang, People’s Republic of China 73-72–145
Adeena Shears, Elizabeth, W.Va. 72-73–145
Pauline Del Rosario, Philippines 73-73–146
Jennifer Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii 71-75–146
Pajaree Anannarukarn, Thailand 75-71–146
Gabriela Coello, Venezuela 75-71–146
Aneka Seumanutafa, Frederick, Md. 75-71–146
Maria Vesga, Howey in the Hills, Fla. 72-74–146
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas 74-72–146
*Beth Lillie, Fullerton, Calif. 75-72–147
*Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. 73-74–147
*Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. 75-72–147
*Mimi (Xiaoyi) Chen, People’s Republic of China 76-71–147
*Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 75-72–147
*Haylin Harris, Tucson, Ariz. 73-74–147
*Simar Singh, Los Altos, Calif. 75-72–147

(Failed to Qualify)
*Katherine Zhu, San Jose, Calif. 74-73–147
*Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 72-75–147
*Camille Enright, Plano, Texas 73-74–147
Courtney Zeng, Orlando, Fla. 71-77–148
Lauren Comegys, Austin, Texas 73-75–148
Morgan Baxendale, Windermere, Fla. 77-71–148
Sarah Shipley, Hastings, Mich. 76-72–148
Chandler Rosholt, Cedar Park, Texas 75-73–148
Athena Yang, Winter Haven, Fla. 74-74–148
Brooke Hamilton, New Zealand 74-74–148
Alyssa Lamoureux, Seminole, Fla. 75-73–148
Jessica Spicer, Bahama, N.C. 77-72–149
Alex Wright, Midlothian, Va. 77-72–149
Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 75-74–149
Lauren Beaudreau, Lemont, Ill. 75-74–149
Selena Costabile, Canada 75-74–149
Julia Ford, Shrewsbury, Mass. 79-70–149
Ellen Secor, Portland, Ore. 75-74–149
Fumie (Alice) Jo, People’s Republic of China 77-72–149
Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill. 76-73–149
Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif. 75-74–149
Selina Zeng, Oak Brook, Ill. 75-74–149
Valery Plata, Colombia 78-71–149
Belinda Hu, San Ramon, Calif. 77-72–149
Madeline Chou, Santa Ana, Calif. 75-74–149
Alli Kim, Murrieta, Calif. 81-68–149
Emily Mahar, Australia 74-75–149
Clare Amelia Legaspi, Philippines 75-75–150
Brittany Kwon, Bremerton, Wash. 77-73–150
Hannah Ko, Anaheim, Calif. 75-75–150
Madelein Herr, New Hope, Pa. 74-76–150
Roshnee Sharma, Canada 71-79–150
Mari Nishiura, Mililani, Hawaii 77-73–150
Ada Wong, San Marino, Calif. 78-72–150
Mikhaela Fortuna, Philippines 73-77–150
Morgan Goldstein, Las Vegas, Nev. 74-76–150
Claire Cameron, Martinsville, Ind. 75-75–150
Ashley Czarnecki, Greenville, S.C. 75-75–150
Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. 77-74–151
Kenedee Peters, Lacey, Wash. 76-75–151
Bibilani Liu, Cupertino, Calif. 74-77–151
Aiko Leong, Honolulu, Hawaii 75-76–151
Ya-Chun Chang, Chinese Taipei 76-75–151
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. 79-72–151
Katrina Prendergast, Sparks, Nev. 76-75–151
Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. 75-76–151
Jennifer Cleary, Wilmington, Del. 78-74–152
Jaelyn Tindal, Rock Hill, S.C. 76-76–152
Kory Nielsen, Kent, Ohio 74-78–152
Greta Bruner, Conroe, Texas 74-78–152
Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas 74-78–152
Macy Fox, Marble Falls, Texas 75-77–152
Maria Fernanda Martinez Almeida, Mexico 76-77–153
Delaney Shah, North Potomac, Md. 71-82–153
Jessica Sloot, Fruit Heights, Utah 74-79–153
Tiffany Kang, Suwanee, Ga. 78-75–153
Daniele Giles, Central Point, Ore. 81-72–153
Gillian Vance, Lakewood, Colo. 80-73–153
Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. 78-76–154
Skylar Thompson, Buford, Ga. 75-79–154
Nicolette Donovan, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 79-75–154
Elizabeth Choi, Syosset, N.Y. 77-77–154
Calista Reyes, Philippines 77-77–154
Yang Liu, People’s Republic of China 79-75–154
Morgan Sahm, Centennial, Colo. 77-78–155
Mariah Smith, Clarksville, Tenn. 79-76–155
Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, N.J. 83-72–155
Sophie (Yixian) Guo, People’s Republic of China 76-79–155
Taylor Black, Warrensburg, Mo. 78-78–156
Shelby Brauckmuller, Auburndale, Fla. 74-82–156
Emma Fisher, Bloomington, Ind. 77-80–157
Ella Woods, Saint Augustine, Fla. 80-77–157
Kasey Torres, Los Angeles, Calif. 78-80–158
Julia Gregg, Dallas, Texas 75-84–159
Sarah Willis, Eaton, Ohio 78-81–159
Diana Camila Velez, Puerto Rico 74-85–159
Gracyn Burgess, Lexington, S.C. 82-77–159
Megan McLean, Lebanon, N.J. 83-77–160
Allison Paik, Providence, R.I. 74-86–160
Angela Liu, San Jose, Calif. 82-78–160
Tammy Lim, Fresno, Calif. 80-80–160
Zora Gittens, Boynton Beach, Fla. 85-77–162
Payton Fehringer, American Falls, Idaho 85-77–162
Nicole Schroeder, Rocklin, Calif. 82-81–163
Hadley Walts, Evansville, Ind. 78-85–163
Divya Manthena, Moorpark, Calif. 88-76–164
Katie Cudworth, Boise, Idaho 84-80–164

TULSA, Okla. – Pairings for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted on the 6,076-yard, par-70 Tulsa Country Club course (all times CDT):

Upper Bracket
8 a.m. – Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (132) vs. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. (147)
8:09 a.m. – Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (144) vs. Naomi Ko, Canada (144)
8:18 a.m. – Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. (141) vs. Rose Huang, People’s Republic of China (145)
8:27 a.m. – Kendall Griffin, Sebring, Fla. (141) vs. Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. (145)
8:36 a.m. – Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii (138) vs. Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (146)
8:45 a.m. – Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (142) vs. Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand (145)
8:54 a.m. – Aubree Jones, Covington, Tenn. (138) vs. Maria Vesga, Howey in the Hills, Fla. (146)
9:03 a.m. – Yu Chiang Hou, Chinese Taipei (142) vs. Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea (145)
9:12 a.m. – Muni He, People’s Republic of China (136) vs. Simar Singh, Los Altos, Calif. (147)
9:21 a.m. – Annika Cedo, Philippines (144) vs. Lois Kaye Go, Philippines (144)
9:30 a.m. – Jessica Mangrobang, Chula Vista, Calif. (139) vs. Jennifer Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii (146)
9:39 a.m. – Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. (141) vs. Kelsey Zeng, Orlando, Fla. (145)
9:48 a.m. – Yu Sang Hou, Chinese Taipei (137) vs. Haylin Harris, Tucson, Ariz. (147)
9:57 a.m. – Jayna Choi, Collierville, Tenn. (143) vs. Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif. (144)
10:06 a.m. – Lucy Li, Redwood City, Calif. (139) vs. Pajaree Anannarukarn, Thailand (146)
10:15 a.m. – Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif. (142) vs. Kelly Su, Scottsdale, Ariz. (145)

Lower Bracket
10:24 a.m. – Sophie Liu, Canada (136) vs. Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (147)
10:33 a.m. – Ellie Slama, Salem, Ore. (144) vs. Kaitlin Milligan, Norman, Okla. (144)
10:42 a.m. – Han Hsuan Yu, Chinese Taipei (141) vs. Adeena Shears, Elizabeth, W.Va. (145)
10:51 a.m. – Katherine Muzi, Walnut, Calif. (141) vs. Evelyn Arguelles, Mexico (145)
11 a.m. – Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (138) vs. Mimi (Xiaoyi) Chen, People’s Republic of China (147)
11:09 a.m. – Kelly Sim, Republic of Korea (143) vs. Sarah Spicer, Bahama, N.C. (144)
11:18 a.m. – Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii (139) vs. Aneka Seumanutafa, Frederick, Md. (146)
11:27 a.m. – Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas (142) vs. Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (145)
11:36 a.m. – Jaravee Boonchant, Thailand (136) vs. Beth Lillie, Fullerton, Calif. (147)
11:45 a.m. – Emily Cox, Lancaster, S.C. (144) vs. Yujeong Son, Republic of Korea (144)
11:54 a.m. – Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. (140) vs. Pauline Del Rosario, Philippines (146)
12:03 p.m. – Hannah O’Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz. (141) vs. Maria Balcazar, Mexico (145)
12:12 p.m. – Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (137) vs. Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (147)
12:21 p.m. – Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif. (143) vs. Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (144)
12:30 p.m. – Maria Fassi, Mexico (139) vs. Gabriela Coello, Venezuela (146)
12:39 p.m. – Marni Murez, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (142) vs. Monica Dibildox, Mexico (145)

 

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