THIS LEADERBOARD LOOKS FAMILIAR: Each of the top four players this year finished in the top five in 2011. Ariya Jutanugarn (1st, 1st), Moriya Jutanugarn (2nd this year, 5th last year), Jaye Marie Green (3rd and 4th), and Alison Lee (4th and 2nd) continue to be among the world’s best. For the second straight year, Ariya and Moriya played together in the final pairing.
LPGA PARADE: A stream of LPGA players showed up at The Concession during the week. In round one, Jessica Korda came out to support her kid sister Nelly. Nine-time LPGA champion Paula Creamer was the guest speaker at the Players Dinner after the second round on Wednesday night. Jodi Ewart, a successful second-year professional, was in attendance that night. Five-time LPGA champion Brittany Lincicome visited the course during Thursday’s third round and watched the last few groups come in at 18, posing for photos with many of the girls during her visit.
THE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN AWAITS: Eleven AJGA juniors qualified this year for the U.S. Women’s Open. Seven of the 11 AJGA juniors that qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open competed at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship: (pictured left to right) Jaye Marie Green, Elisabeth Bernabe, Moriya Jutanugarn, Shannon Aubert, Annie Park and Samantha Marks. Also in the field, but not pictured, is Rinko Mitsunaga.
ON THE BAG: At the U.S. Women’s Open, Moriya will have her favorite caddie on the bag. Ariya did not qualify for the event, so she will carry her sister’s bag that week. Ariya was also Moriya’s caddie at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she finished runner-up to qualify for the Women’s Open.
PB & J AT THE TURN: Thanks to Lexi McKenney of The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee, sandwich-making volunteers were at the turn everyday, making PB & J sandwiches for all the players. By week's end, they had gone through 26 loaves of bread in an effort to give the players an energy boost for the back-nine.
COLLEGE COACHES: College coaches from around the country have been flocking to watch the amazing play at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. College coaches representing 45 universities were on site to see the world’s top junior girls.
FROM MOM, WITH LOVE: Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., is never at a loss for a new head cover. Her mother, Anne, makes them for her! About three years ago, Anne began knitting all of her head covers. She now has a collection of over 30 hand-knitted head covers and there are more on the way. Her current head covers are Trojan gold and maroon because Annie recently committed to USC for 2013.
– by Sydnee Mack and Sydney Brunelle, AJGA Communications