Amanda Sambach of Charlotte, NC won the 30th Rolex Junior Girls Championship to claim her second AJGA Invitational Title.
The Rolex Girls Junior Championship is one of the most prestigious events on the AJGA calendar. The tournament features several high profile champions including Kellee Booth, Brittany Lang, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Ariya Jutanugarn and Alison Lee. In addition to its notable past champions, the All-girl Invitational is known for its distinguished host venues, which include LPGA International, Long Cove Club, The Country Club of North Carolina, Promontory Club, Dalhousie Golf Club and Concession Golf Club.
Sambach opened the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 2 under par 70 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., To give himself a 1 stroke lead to 4 under par 140. After the third round, Sambach was tied with Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Fla., at 2 under par 214.
The champion started the round strong with a birdie on the first hole and added two more birdies on the top nine. After making the turn at 2 under par 34, she bugged n ° 11 and 12. Head-to-head with Pano on the following holes, Sambach took the advantage over n ° 14 and took the lead. climbed to the top of the ranking where it remained until n ° 18.
Sambach finished the final round with four birdies to win over Pano with a final score of 3 under 285. This is Sambach’s seventh victory in the AJGA tournament.
“Winning the Rolex Girls Championship means everything,” Sambach said. “I’ve had a tough time the past two months with an injury so getting this win means a lot.”
This is the second time that Sambach has won an AJGA Invitational sponsored by Rolex. The University of Virginia signatory won the 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions held at the PGA National Resort & Spa. She followed that up with two wins in 2019. Those wins propelled Sambach to a spot on Team USA with Pano at the PING Junior Solheim Cup 2019. She also won the North & South Junior last year at Pinehurst No.4 .
“This win is huge because it was my goal to be part of the Wyndham Cup squad this year,” said Sambach. “At the start of the week I was lower on the priority list so I had to play well to increase my chances of making the team. It’s one of the funniest events I’ve played, so I’m really excited for it now.
Amanda Sambach (-3) added another @ROLEX title on his resume today.
– AJGA (@AJGAGolf) June 18, 2021
Pano finished second in the tournament at 1 under par 287. Pano opened the tournament with a par of 72. She had a strong second round score of 3 under par 69. After her third round of 1 over par 73, she entered the final round tied with Sambach. Pano had three birdies throughout his final lap.
Pano has won two AJGA victories, one being the 2019 Rolex Junior Girls Championship. She is a four-time Rolex Junior All American and is No. 39 in the Rolex AJGA rankings.
Antonia Matte of Santiago, Chile, was third at par 288. Matte birdied four for a score of 2 under par 70 on her final lap. Matte is No. 55 on the Rolex AJGA Rankings and has committed to golfing at Baylor University in the fall.
Anna Davis of Camarillo, Calif., And Grace Summerhays of Scottsdale, Ariz., Tied for fourth at 2 over par 290. Davis is currently No. 14 in the Rolex AJGA rankings. Summerhays is No. 29 on the Rolex AJGA Rankings and has committed to golfing at Arizona State University in the fall of 2022.
Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nev., Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang of (China) Plano, Texas, and Catherine Park of Irvine, Calif., Were tied for sixth at 3 of 291. Wilson is 15th in the Rolex AJGA rankings. , and this is his seventh place in the top 10 of the AJGA tournament. Zhang is No. 6 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and has committed to golf at Southern Methodist University in the fall of 2022. Park is No. 35 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and is committed to golfing at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2022.
Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Saratoga, Calif., And Sara Im of Duluth, Ga., Finished T10, 5 of 293. Zhang-Murphy is No. 19 in the Rolex AJGA chart, while Im is No. 20.