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AJGA Girls Invitational

Wilson jumps up six spots to claim lead

Yana Wilson fires the low round score of 7-under-par to lead AJGA Girls Invitational
Yana Wilson hitting tee shot on hole 1 - 2023 - AJGA Girls Invitational (49).JPG


BOWLING GREEN, Florida - Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada, leads the AJGA Girls Invitational after turning in a second day score of 7-under-par 66.

Streamsong Resort is the only location in the world where players can experience three distinct golf courses designed by these legendary architects—Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak, and Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. Streamsong Red (Coore-Crenshaw), Streamsong Blue (Doak) and Streamsong Black (Hanse-Wagner) are three of the most highly acclaimed and widely pursued golf courses in the game today. Revered by golfers as a bucket-list destination, Streamsong Resort rivals the greatest golf ven­ues in the world. The Black Course, home of this year's event, was named No. 25 in Golfweek's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" list.

The 2023 event includes 45 juniors inside the top-100 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Of the 72 player field, 16 girls are Rolex Junior All-Americans. Representatives from seven foreign countries and eight Floridians are competing in the field. There are also 23 players that have committed verbally to play college golf.

Wilson is now 10-under-par for the event and jumped up six spots on the leaderboard. She had a steady round with her only bogey on the par-5 No. 10. Her round included five birdies in her first six holes and three birdies in her final four holes.

The Mizuho Americas Open has definitely prepared me. Playing with the pros that week was really special and it taught me a lot about my game. I try to compare my game to their game and use that experience to improve and get better.
Yana Wilson

Wilson's top AJGA finishes this year include a third place finish at the PING Heather Farr Classic, a runner-up finish at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and a win at the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open. Ranked at No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, the Rolex Junior All-American is verbally committed to play at the University of Oregon.

First round co-leader, Mi Li of (China) Kissimmee, Florida, turned in a second round score of 2-under-par 71. Li fired four birdies to head into the final round in second place. She is currently at 7-under-par 139 through 36-holes. Li won the 2021 AJGA Junior Championship presented by the Spinnaker Foundation and is currently ranked No. 52 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

Asterisk Talley of Chowchilla, California, and Emerson Blair of West Point, Mississippi, round out the top three at 5-under-par 141. First-round co-leader Talley, fired a round of even-par 73 that contained one bogey and one birdie. Blair moved up 23 spots on the leaderboard after firing a stellar round of 5-under-par 68. Her round included six birdies and one bogey.

The biggest mover of the day was Youyang (Leah) Li of (China) Winter Garden, Florida. She moved up 39 spots on the leaderboard after shooting a round of 6-under-par 67. Her round included an eagle on the par-5 No. 1 and five birdies. She is currently six shots back of Wilson.

Final-round tee times will run from 8-9:50 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 12 on Monday, September 4.