Mariel Galdiano tees off second hole
(PGA of America Photo)
RUMFORD, RI (August 11, 2016) -- Mariel Galdiano is
the 36-hole leader in the Girls’ Division, while Norman
Xiong paces the Boys’ Division after three rounds at the
41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under
Armour and Genesis Networks, which is being contested
this week at Wannamoisett Country Club.
With a two-day total of 131, Galdiano (64-67)
enjoys a three-shot advantage over Gina Kim of Chapel
Galdiano followed her women’s competitive course-
record 64 on Tuesday with a 67 today. Three birdies on
the backside, the last of which came via a 10-foot birdie
putt on 18 that was accompanied by a rare fist pump,
allowed her to equal the low round the day. One of
those she matched was Kim, who replicated her 67 on
After consecutive bogeys on 6 and 7, Galdiano
suddenly found herself one-shot back of Gainesville,
Florida’s Youngin Chun, who birdied four of
Wannamoisett’s initial eight holes.
“I was playing lousy golf early,” said Galdiano, who
is playing in her final junior tournament before
beginning her collegiate career at UCLA later this
month. “I was affected by the heat, but I put myself in
some bad positions and posted some higher numbers. I
had a good comeback birdie on 9, and ultimately I was
able to post a much better score than I thought I could
shoot earlier in the day.”
The two-stroke lead Galdiano owned this morning
increased to three by round’s end. Her status as the
front runner didn’t cause alarm, despite the fact she
squandered a three-shot lead with six holes to go at last
year’s Junior PGA Championship.
“I am not worried about it. I plan to focus on
playing my best rather than trying to beat everyone
else. That will be my mindset tomorrow.”
Rain and a pair of play stoppages totaling over
three hours forced the postponement of Girls’ Division
play on Wednesday and reduced its Championship to 54
Kim – at 134 -- is comfortable with her second-
place standing and three-shot deficit.
“I don’t want to be the one defending my position.
I’d rather be the one going after it. In my successes
(this) summer, I was never the leader. It was more me
catching up on the back nine, turning it over, and
Chun paired today’s 69 with Tuesday’s 67 and is
alone in third place at 136. Virginia Green (66-71), of
Point Clear, Alabama and Lucy Li (66-71) of Redwood
Shores, California, are tied for fourth at 137, six shot
The Girls’ field was cut down to exactly 30 girls
following play today. Defending Champion Elizabeth
Wang (71-74, +3), San Marino, California, made the cut
with two shots to spare. She is tied for 22nd place.
The third round of the Boys’ Division was played
this afternoon in muggy, yet breezy, conditions at
Wannamoisett. The Boys were able to work around
Wednesday’s play stoppages, and remain on track for a
Norman Xiong, of Canyon Lake, California, will take
a one-shot cushion into Friday’s final round. Davis
Shore, of Knoxville, Tennessee is his closest competitor,
while Garrett Barber (Stuart, Florida), Kyle Vance
(Audubon, Pennsylvania) and Kyle Hogan (Cypress,
Texas) are tied for third, two strokes back.
Battling a two-day illness and a sore throat, Xiong
struggled out of the chute, but was able to cast aside a
bogey-par-bogey start to record a 68, which was one of
just seven sub-par rounds registered today on the Boys’
Born in Guam, Xiong (68-70-68, 206) pulled ahead
of Shore late thanks to a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th
hole, which snapped a string of six straight pars to
begin his inward nine. The birdie and his subsequent par
on 18 left him as the lone member of the Boys Division
under par after three rounds.
“I like my position (atop the leaderboard),” said
Xiong, a member of the Class of 2017, who has already
committed to play collegiately at the University of
Oregon. “I am glad to be under par (one-under) on a
tough course like this, especially considering the wind,
which switched a lot today.”
While Xiong was pleased with his position, Shore
liked his own steady play, which included 17 pars and a
morale-boosting birdie-three on No. 16.
“I started slow, but kept saving pars,” said Shore,
who did not miss any greens on the back nine and
sports a three-day total of 207. “Then on the back side I
missed three or four makeable birdie putts. Those are
tough in the afternoons with all the foot traffic. I felt like
I was hitting it solid, then I finally broke through and hit
it close on 16. Made the putt. Overall, I did a good job
today of avoiding the trouble spots.”
Hogan (70-67-71, 208) began the day one-shot
back and shot a 2-over 36 on his outward nine, but
three straight birdies on 10, 11 and 12 put him atop the
leaderboard. He slumped thereafter, shouldering bogeys
on 13, 14 and 18.
Barber (70-71-67, 208) posted one of the best
rounds of the afternoon, a sturdy 2-under par 67 that
was sparked by a 40-foot chip in on the 7th hole.
At 208, Vance endured a trying front nine that
included four bogeys and a double, but rebounded with
five birdies against just two bogeys on his last nine
holes. He was tied for the lead after 36 holes.
In all, 12 players are within four shots of Xiong,
setting the stage for a Friday morning shootout.
The prizes at hand include not only a coveted Junior
PGA Championship, but potentially two spots in next
month’s Junior Ryder Cup. Same formula for the Girls.
Shore acknowledged the elephant in the room.
“It is impossible not to think about playing in the
Junior Ryder Cup,” he admitted.
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