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Elizabeth Wang from San Marino, California shot an even-par 71 and leads the Girls’ Division by a single shot over Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City,...

Elizabeth Wang from San Marino, California shot an even-par 71 and leads the Girls’ Division by a single shot over Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii) after three rounds at the 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks.

Wang’s third round was an up-and-down affair for the soon-to-be high school sophomore. Her birdie on the par4-our fourth hole was her third in as many days on that hole and it moved her to 6-under par. From there, however, Wang dropped four shots, including a double-bogey on the 7th hole, before making the turn.

Wang steadied her ship by birdieing the 10th and 13th holes, both par-4s. The 15-year-old parred each of the other seven holes on the back 9 and in general, seemed pleased with her game. “I’ll work on my putting [for tomorrow], but hopefully everything else stays pretty good,” said Wang, whose three-day tally of 209 puts her at 4-under-par.

For the third time in as many days, Galdiano fashioned a one-under-par 70 and today’s version was only sub-par round registered in the Girls’ Division. At 3-under, 210, Galdiano trails Wang by one. She is riding a strong wave of momentum after winning the Canadian Women’s Amateur last weekend. 

Galdiano’s morning started as it had in each of the first two rounds, with a birdie on the par-5 first hole. However, bogeys at the 4th, 5th and 8th holes dropped her back to level-par. Around the time of her bogey at No. 8, Galdiano was suddenly six shots behind Yujeong Son (Norman, Oklahoma), the leader at that moment.

Things changed for Galdiano on the back side thanks to a birdie binge, the fourth and final of which came on the 17th hole and moved her into the lead with Wang. “I felt much better on the back 9,” she said. 

After hitting her third shot left on the par-5 18th and into a hazard, Galdiano eventually missed a 10-foot putt for par to drop a shot back of Wang.

The leader after the first two rounds, Son faltered down the stretch with bogeys on six of her final 10 holes. She was 2-under through her initial eight holes, but was betrayed by her usually-trustworthy putter.

“I missed two three-footers and that really let me down,” said Son, who nevertheless will be in the final group for Thursday’s final group. At 212, she is only three shots off the pace after carding a 75 today.

Son is the last of only three girls under-par after three rounds of heat, and increasing doses of wind and humidity, at Miramont Country Club.

“It felt like a battle out there,” Wang said when asked about the girls at the top of the leaderboard, herself included, separating from the pack. “I had a lot of pressure” to keep up. 


Fai Khamborn (Cincinnati, Ohio) is in fourth at one-over, 214. With a 77 today, Kaitlyn Papp (Austin, Texas) is seven shots back and in fifth place at 216.

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