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Tribe's van der Biest tied for sixth after Day 1 of U.S. Girls Junior Championship

From staff reports • Jul 23, 2019 at 1:41 AM

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Kingsport’s Isabella van der Biest shot a 3-under-par 69 on Monday to sit four shots off the lead after the first round of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship at SentryWorld Golf Course.

The rising Dobyns-Bennett junior closed her round by birdieing three of her final five holes. Van der Biest was tied for sixth; the top 64 after Tuesday’s second round of stroke play advance to match play.

Yuka Saso, an 18-year-old from the Philippines competing in her fourth U.S. Girls Junior, opened with a 7-under 65 to lead the field by three on a day 19 players bettered par.


U.S. Girls Junior Championship Leaderboard

Monday, July 22

At SentryWorld, Stevens Point, Wis.

Yardage: 6,311; par 72

First round

Yuka Saso, Philippines 33-32—65

Sophia Bae, Norwood, N.J. 36-32—68

Nicole Adam, Pinehurst, N.C. 32-36—68

Lei Ye, China 34-34—68

Virginie Ding, Hong Kong 36-33—69

Jillian Bourdage, Tamarac, Fla. 34-35—69

Isabella Van Der Biest, Kingsport 33-36—69

Valery Plata, Colombia 35-34—69

Briana Chacon, Whittier, Calif. 34-35—69

Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif. 35-35—70

Irene Kim, La Palma, Calif. 35-35—70

Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington, Del. 36-34—70

Yue Zhang, China 33-37—70

Alexa Udom, Portland, Ore. 36-35—71

Julia Misemer, Overland Park, Kan. 35-36—71

Hailey Borja, Lake Forest, Calif. 34-37—71

Gia Feliciano, Concord, Calif. 33-38—71

Kendall Todd, Goodyear, Ariz. 35-36—71

Erika Smith, Orlando, Fla. 34-37—71

Lauren Beaudreau, Lemont, Ill. 37-35—72

Amanda Sambach, Charlotte, N.C. 37-35—72

YoonMin Han, South Korea 34-38—72

Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Australia 38-34—72

Grace Ni, Cypress, Texas 34-38—72

Jasmine Ly, Canada 37-35—72

Ashley Menne, Phoenix, Ariz. 38-34—72

Sophie (Yixian) Guo, China 36-36—72