JUPITER, Fla. - Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Florida, and Anna Song of Los Angeles, California, lead the first round of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship with a score of 3-under-par 69.
Schroeder, No. 16 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, was bogey-free through 16 holes before dropping a shot on the par-3, No. 17. She had four birdies in the first round to give her a share of the lead.
I played really solid today. I didn't really make any mistakes, which I think is crucial on this course, especially with the wind.
Schroeder is heading to the University of Alabama to play college golf this fall. 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.
Song, a 2025 grad, put together the first 69 of the day. Starting on No. 10, she had five-straight birdies on Nos. 13-17. She bogeyed No. 18, but bounced back with her sixth birdie of the day on No. 1.
My putting was probably my strength today, just trying to stay patient through every hole and not trying to get ahead of myself.
Song is playing in her first Rolex Girls Junior Championship and coming off of a T8 finish last week at the Se Ri Pak Desert Junior presented by Bay Area Lyme Foundation. At No. 78 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Song is competing in her eighth career AJGA event with her best finish being T2 at the 2021 Ping An Bank Junior Championship.
In a four-way tie for third place, Elise Lee of Irvine, California, Bailey Shoemaker of Dade City, Florida, Jaclyn LaHa of Pleasanton, California, and Katie Li of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, are even-par 72.
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 second round continues Wednesday, June 22 with tee times from 7:30-9:20 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10.
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