BGGA’s Siyan Chen Qualifies for U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships

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Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) student Siyan Chen qualified for the 70thU.S. Girls Junior Championship in Pebble Beach, California.

BGGA’s Female Player of the Year, Siyan Chen, won four previous times this year and had six top 10 finishes. She recently won her Junior PGA Qualifier at Reunion Resort. Chen also verbally committed to the University of Illinois and will sign her national letter of intent with the school next November.

The United States Girls’ Junior Championship is one of the thirteen U.S. national golf championships organized by the United States Golf Association. It is open to amateur girls who are under 18 on the last day of the competition and have a USGA handicap index of 18.4 or less. It consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a matchplay competition to decide the champion.

The inaugural championship was held in 1949 and was won by Marlene Bauer from a field of 28 entries.

Aree Wongluekiet, now Aree Song, is the youngest winner at 13 years, 99 days in 1999. Hollis Stacy is the only three-time winner of the tournament.

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