Check out this article mentioning IMG Academy golf program alum Dottie Ardina and her run at the U.S. Junior Girls' Championship from ESPN.com. Although Ardina lost the 36 hole final, she maintain a lead through most of the match, finishing 2 and 1 behind winner Ariya Jutanugarn.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn advanced to the finals of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship with an 8 and 6 victory over 20th-seeded Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., on Friday.
Jutanugarn, the top-ranked player in the field, won five holes on the front nine, then closed Lee out by taking the 10th, 11th and 12th holes. She was 5-under-par for her abbreviated round.
The Bangkok native will face Dottie Ardina of the Philippines, who beat seventh-seeded Yu Liu of China 2 and 1.
Ardina, from Santa Rosa in the Philippine province of Laguna, honed her game at the IMG David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She was 1 down to Liu after a bogey on the par-4 13th hole, but won the par-3 14th with a par, and then won the 16th and 17th with par 4s to win a spot in the final.
"If I win, it's a big win for me, for my lifetime," Ardina said. "I have to make my birdie putts. I missed a lot of them today."
Earlier in the day, Jutanugarn scored a 1 up victory over Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in the quarterfinals, and Lee beat Talia Campbell of Dallas 1 up. Ardina beat Summar Roachell of Conway, Ark., 5 and 4 in the thunderstorm-interrupted match, and Liu beat Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., 6 and 5 in her morning match.