Xiong, Li win PGA Junior Championship, Son, Youngblood in top 20

RUMFORD, Rhode Island – For Norman Xiong, it was a dazzling debut, and for Lucy Li, the second time was the charm. Both claimed victories at the 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, which was contested this week at Wannamoisett Country Club, and cemented spots in next month’s Junior Ryder Cup.

Xiong, who hails from Canyon Lake, California, won his Junior PGA Championship debut by two strokes over Patrick Welch, of Providence, Rhode Island. The victory assured Xiong and Welch of berths on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, which will square off against their junior counterparts from Europe, Sept. 26-27 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota.
Xiong’s 2-under, four-day total of 274 was remarkable considering he was under the weather for most of the week. Add to that a dose of oppressive humidity, wet/soggy conditions on Wednesday, week-long breezy conditions on Donald Ross’ revered par-69 Wannamoisett, and Xiong’s hoisting of the Jack Nicklaus Trophy is all the more impressive.

Yejeong Son of Norman shot a final round 71 to move up into a tie for 12th. Sydney Youngblood of Durant shot a final round 78 to drop from seventh to 17th. Complete results here.



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