Rolex Girls Junior: Elizabeth Rudisill claims another AJGA win
Elizabeth Rudisill (AJGA Photo)
Elizabeth Rudisill (AJGA Photo)

Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the 2024 Rolex Girls Junior Championship with a 54-hole tournament total score of 11-under-par 205.

Rudisill, No. 44 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, held strong and finished the final round with a score of 4-under-par 68, including a come from behind putt on the 18th green.

Rudisill was three shots back heading into the final round. Keeping a steady momentum, the 17-year-old carded two birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 2-under-par 70. This was Rudisill's second bogey-free front nine of the tournament.

As the pressure rose heading into the back nine, Rudisill fired off two additional birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. It wasn't until the par-3 No. 13 where she carded a solo bogey on the day. Moving along to the final hole, Rudisill was tied for the lead. After a putt for par, the Vanderbilt verbal commit was able to secure the champion title.

This is Rudisill's first AJGA win since winning the 2022 Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational.

"I was trying to play my own game and focus on my mental game and stay present one shot at a time," Rudisill said. "I wasn't really worried about where I stood on the leaderboard, I was just trying to hit fairways and greens." 

Celina Yeo, of London, Ontario, Canada finished one shot back from Rudisill at 10-under-par 206. Throughout her round, Yeo fired off four birdies on Nos. 1, 8, 12 and 16 to secure solo-second place.

At No. 113 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Yeo is making her first appearance in the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. The 2026 grad has attained nine top-ten wins in the past two years.

In solo-third place, Anna Fang of San Diego, California finished at 9-under-par 207. At No. 48 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, the 2027 grad carded six birdies in her final round.

In a two-way tie for fourth, Kacey Ly of Temple City, California and Mi Li of (China) Orlando, Florida finished with a total of 7-under-par 207. This marks Ly's second top-5 finish in 2024 and Li's second top-5 finish in two weeks.

In a three-way tie for sixth, Alice Ziyi Zhao of (China) Irvine, California, Yujie Liu of Bejing, China, and Lisa Herman of Jenks, Oklahoma all finished at 6-under-par 210. Alice Ziyi Zhao finished the round at 8-under-par 64, which ties her for the lowest low final round in Rolex Girls history. Liu finished the day with seven total birdies and Herman finished with a bogey-free final round.

In a three-way tie for ninth, Brynn Kort of Henderson, Nevada, Jude Lee of Walnut, California, and Avery McCrery of Wilmington, Delaware all finished at 5-under-par 211.

Rolex Girls Junior Championship History

The Rolex Girls Junior Championship has occurred annually since 1992, changing host venues each year. Noteworthy courses include: LPGA International – Champions and Legends Course (2002-2005), Long Cove Club (2010), The Country Club of North Carolina – Dogwood Course (2015), and Promontory Club – Dye Canyon Course (2018).

The AJGA returns to Capital City Club - Crabapple for the first time since 2012. Asterisk Talley won the 2023 Rolex Girls Junior Championship by two strokes with scores of 72-70-70-69 to finish at 7-under-par 281. She looks to defend her title in Milton, Georgia.

Past champions of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship include an AJGA all-star cast: Rose Zhang (2020), Rachel Heck (2017), Alison Lee (2013), Ariya Jutanugarn (2012, 2011), Morgan Pressel (2005), Paula Creamer (2003), and Inbee Park (2002).

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One of the AJGA series of tournaments that require an invitation to participate. For girls ages 12-19. Format is 54 holes of stroke play. Must be AJGA member.

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