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June 24, 2012

Two titles over the weekend for AJGA juniors

Coming off her recent Invitational victories at the Thunderbird International Junior and Rolex Girls Junior Championship, Ariya Jutanugarn added another title to her already stunning resume. She faced her sister, Moriya, in the 36-hole championship match of the Women’s Western Amateur and while older sister Moriya beat Ariya earlier this year at the South Atlantic Amateur, it was Ariya who came out on top in the rematch. After earning stroke play medalist honors, she cruised to the championship match and triumphed over Moriya, 2 and 1.

In her AJGA career, Ariya has compiled eight top-five finishes, highlighted by three Invitational victories. She broke the AJGA scoring record when she finished at 18-under-par in the 2012 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, topping her own record set last year. The two-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American also picked up victories in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the Junior PGA Championship en route to becoming the 2011 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

Kyung Kim broke through for her first major championship when she beat Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. The championship match saw the two combine for 18 birdies in 34 holes with Kim eventually winning 4 and 2.

Kim’s AJGA career is highlighted by 16 top-five performances, including three victories. The four-time Rolex Junior All-American competed on the 2010 and 2011 Wyndham Cup West Team and was a member of the victorious U.S. Team in the PING Junior Solheim Cup. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her golf career at Southern California.