GAINESVILLE, Va. – Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida, and Amanda Sambach of Charlotte, North Carolina, share the lead after round three of the 30th Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
The Rolex Girls Junior Championship is one of the most prestigious events on the AJGA schedule. The tournament boasts several high-profile champions, including Kellee Booth, Brittany Lang, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Ariya Jutanugarn and Alison Lee. In addition to its notable past champions, the all-girls Invitational is known for its distinguished host venues, which includes LPGA International, Long Cove Club, The Country Club of North Carolina, Promontory Club, Dalhousie Golf Club and Concession Golf Club.
Pano and Sambach are tied at the top at 2-under-par 214. Pano carded a 1-over-par 73 in the third round, while second-round leader Sambach posted a 2-over-par 74.
Pano is seeking her second Rolex Girls Junior Championship title this week after winning the event in 2019. She's a four-time Rolex Junior All-American who played for the victorious Team USA at the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup. Pano is No. 39 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Sambach is looking to round out her junior golf career with another Rolex Invitational victory. She won the Rolex Tournament of Champions in 2018 and followed that up with two victories in 2019. That propelled Sambach to a spot on Team USA with Pano at the PING Junior Solheim Cup. Sambach is No. 37 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and committed to play golf at the University of Virginia in the fall.
Sara Im of Duluth, Georgia, and Grace Summerhays of Scottsdale, Arizona, are T3 at even-par 216. Im carded the second-lowest round of the day with a 2-under-par 70, while Summerhays posted a 1-over-par 73.
Im is a six-time AJGA champion. She won three tournaments in 2019, two in 2020, and already has one victory in 2021 at the AJGA Carolina Trace Junior. Im is No. 20 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Summerhays finished T8 at the 2020 Rolex Girls Junior Championship. Of her last eight AJGA tournament appearances, Summerhays owns five top-10 finishes. The Arizona native is No. 29 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada, Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang of (China) Plano, Texas, and Catherine Park of Irvine, California, are T5 at 1-over-par 217.
Final-round tee times will run from 7 - 10:50 a.m. off No. 1 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Friday, June 18.
Rolex and Golf
Rolex is committed to the permanent quest for excellence in all its endeavors and has been a long-term supporter of golf in its pursuit of the same. The brand’s enduring relationship with the sport began more than 50 years ago, in 1967, when Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, became the brand’s first golfing Testimonees. Known together as The Big Three, these legendary players changed the face of golf forever, and their partnership with Rolex marked the beginning of a relationship based on the shared commitment to continuous improvement and unwavering precision. Since then, the affiliation has grown and flourished, permeating every level of the game worldwide. From elite players and golf legends, to all the game’s Major championships, where success represents the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, as well as the foremost professional tours and worldwide amateur championships, Rolex is ever-present. In 2021 Rolex further deepened its support by becoming a Worldwide Partner of The Ryder Cup, to act as Official Timekeeper at every iteration of the sport’s pre-eminent team competition. The Swiss manufacturer’s support for the game is built on a strong sense of integrity and respect for tradition that promote the continuity of expertise and transfer of knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of investing in the sport’s development for future generations.
An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.