Amateur / Junior

Elizabeth Wang leads AJGA Rolex Girls Junior, which she won in 2014

The last time the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship was played at the Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.), in 2014, Elizabeth Wang picked up her first AJGA invitational victory in wire-to-wire fashion.

This year, the Rolex Girls Junior returned to Rochester and Wang posted an opening 4-under 66 to take the first-round lead.

“The nerves really never wore off completely,” Wang said. “After a birdie on No. 2, at least my hands quit shaking. To have won this event and to be able to come back to a place that holds a special place in my heart, it’s important to me to play well.”

The San Marino, Calif., native made six birdies and went bogey-free until back-to-back bogeys, on Nos. 16 and 17. Like in 2014, Wang is the only player under par after the first round.

Four shots back are four players who have played the Rolex Girls Junior before: Micheala Williams of Athens, Ala. (2015); Emilee Hoffman of Folsom, Calif. (2014); Xinying Wang of Pleasanton, Calif. (2015); and Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, N.C. (2014, 2015).


Show Hide