JUPITER, Fla. - Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Florida, remains in the 54-hole lead at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship with a total score of 2-under-par 214.
Schroeder had a considerably steady round, shooing an even-par 72. She birdied No. 7, finishing with a one-under-par 35 front nine, with a few clutch par saves. Through the back nine, a bogey on No. 18 gave her a one-stroke lead heading into the final round.
I'm going to try to focus on myself tomorrow and take it one step at a time.
At No. 16 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Schroeder is heading to play college golf at the University of Alabama in January.
A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Schroeder is playing in her second Rolex Girls Junior Championship. She had two AJGA victories in 2020 and was a member of the 2021 United States Junior Solheim Cup team and victorious Wyndham Cup East Team.
Gianna Clemente of Warren, Ohio, remains in second place with a 2-under-par 70 in the third round. Clemente, a 2026 grad, sits one shot back from Schroeder with a total of 1-under-par 215.
Clemente started her round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 4 to move up the leaderboard. Clemente is No. 7 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and has one Invitational win at the 2021 PING Invitational, in which she was the youngest champion of the event at the age of 13.
In a two way tie for third place, Larissa Carrillo of Saltillo, Mexico, and Kylie Chong of Torrance, California, are 2-over-par 218.
The six way tie for fifth place at 3-over-par 219, includes:
- Thienna Huynh of Lilburn, Georgia
- Asterisk Talley of Chowchilla, California
- Elise Lee of Irvine, California
- Savannah Barber of Fort Worth, Texas
- Sydney Hackett of Ashburn, Virginia
- Anna Song of Los Angeles, California
About the Rolex Girls Junior Championship Field
Since 1992, the competition brings together one of the strongest fields in junior golf. The 2022 event will include 11 of the top 20 girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Of the 72 player field, 54 girls have at least one career AJGA victory. Representatives from seven foreign countries and 16 U.S. states are set to compete in one of the AJGA’s most iconic all-girls events. There are also 34 players have committed verbally or with a National Letter of Intent to play college golf.
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 event returns to Florida for the first time since 2012. LPGA Tour player Ariya Jutanugarn won the 2012 Rolex Girls Junior Championship hosted at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. Jutanugarn set AJGA and tournament records with the low-72 hole total of 270 (-18) and largest margin of victory with 18 strokes.
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).
The final round continues Friday, June 24 with tee times from 7:30-9:20 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10.