Eight Golfers Represented New York at Girls’ Junior PGA Championship
HARTFORD, Conn. – Eight junior golfers from New York State competed at the 2019 Girls Junior PGA Championships at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut last week, July 9-12.
The group included Melanie Green of Medina, Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmeston, Alice Hodge of Larchmont, Kaitlyn Lee of Scarsdale, Taylor Miano of Dobbs Ferry, Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park, Emily Gresham of Binghamton, and Kennedy Swedick of Altamont.
Green had the best finish of the Empire State group with an eight-under 272 (70-66-66-70) to place T-6. Green was tied for first at one point in the final round of the championship, but Yuka Saso of the Philippines delivered a come-from-behind victory to capture the title.
Shoemaker finished T-13 at five-under 275 (72-69-68-66). The 2017 & 2018 NYS Girls’ Junior Champion had her best performance of the tournament in the final round, carding five birdies to finish four-under 66.
Hodge finished T-44 at four-over 284 (68-73-72-71), while Lee carded a ten-over 290 (72-73-75-70) to finish T-64.
Four players missed the two-round cut, including Miano at 153, Criscone at 156, Gresham at 162, and Swedick at 164.
The Junior PGA Championship is conducted over 72 holes of stroke play. The Boys' Championship will take place at the end of the month, July 30-August 2, also at Keney Park Golf Course.