OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois – 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.
Ariya, 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 Country Club.
American Casie Cathrea, 15, 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.