Mathilde Claisse Still in the lead at the ANNIKA Inv.
French native Mathilde Claisse continues to lead <br>(AJGA Photo)
French native Mathilde Claisse continues to lead
(AJGA Photo)

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (January 14, 2018) - Mathilde Claisse of Poissy, France, extended her lead to two strokes with a second round 1-under-par 71 on Sunday. The 17-year-old holds a two-day total of 4-under-par 140 heading into Monday’s final round at World Golf Village’s Slammer & Squire course.

The 10th ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex boasts a field featuring the best female junior golfers from around the world. The 72-player field includes 17 of the top-25 girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and six of the top 10. The champion will receive a Symetra Tour exemption into the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in March.

Claisse, a University of South Carolina verbal commit, birdied Nos. 4 and 10 chilly conditions. The high school junior posted a 2-1-0 record in 2017 as a member of the European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team.

Frida Kinhult, a senior committed to Florida State, sits two strokes back after four birdies on Sunday. Kinhult and fellow Swede Maja Stark, who is T3, also competed on the 2017 European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team. China’s Lei (Angelina) Ye is also T3 while Lucy Li, the No. 1 player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, is solo fifth.

The final round will take place Monday, January 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.

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Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the ANNIKA Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play competition featuring 72 girls, ages 14-18.

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