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Gillman Extends Lead Through 54-Holes at 39th Junior PGA Championship

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Before inclement weather halted play for the day in the boys’ division at 5:09 p.m. CST, at Miramont Country Club, Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, extended her girls’ division lead heading into the final round of the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks.

The third round of the girls’ division was played in the morning, and finished well before rain and lightning moved into the area.

The 72-hole Championship featured a 54-hole cut to the low 30 girls, including ties, with 33 girls making the cut at 226.

Play in the third round of the boys’ division and final round of the girls’ division will resume tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.

When play was halted in the boys’ division, Gordon Neale of Trabuco Canyon, California, held a two-stroke lead over Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana. Neale was 2-under par in his third round and 8-under par for the Championship.

The final grouping of Neale, Burns and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Oklahoma, were playing their approach shots into the 12th green when play was suspended.

In the girls’ division, Gillman shot 2-under-par 70 Thursday and pushed her lead to six strokes over Hannah O’Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Florida. Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California, is in fourth place, seven strokes behind Gillman. Through 54 holes, Gilman, O’Sullivan, Wagner and Wu are the only players under par in the girls’ division.

Gillman’s three-day total of 202 is the lowest 54-hole score in the girls’ division of the Junior PGA Championship. She surpassed the previous record of 203 shared by Vicki Goetze of Hull, Georgia, who set the mark in 1990, and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who matched it in 2011.

In the girls’ division, Gillman continued her record-setting pace, bouncing back from a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth, with three birdies in her final four holes.

“I didn’t hit many good approach shots on the front nine today, and just made a few more mistakes overall,” said Gillman, whose lead shrunk to just one stroke after 10 holes. “But I wanted to have a bigger lead tomorrow so I tried to make as many birdies as I possibly could.”

Gillman, the 54-hole co-leader in the 2013 Junior PGA Championship, is looking forward to the final round tomorrow.

“I think both girls [Wagner and O’Sullivan] will play really well tomorrow, so I need to play my best,” said Gillman. “I need to go out and play my game, have fun, and not get caught up in my score.”

Even though she’s six strokes back, Wagner, playing in her fourth Junior PGA Championship, hopes to have a chance to catch Gillman tomorrow.

“I’m a pretty aggressive player, so if I just play that way I should have a lot of birdie chances tomorrow,” said Wagner. “I got pretty close to [Gillman] today on the front nine. If I continue to play well, it should be pretty close tomorrow.”

In addition to claiming the Patty Berg Trophy in the girls’ division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the boys’ division, the field of 156 players will be vying for an exemption to compete on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour in 2015.

The boys’ division champion this year will compete at the 2015 Valero Texas Open, March 26-29, at TPC San Antonio in Texas. The girls’ division champion this year will receive an exemption into the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, April 24-27, at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California. The agreement was reached between the PGA of America, which conducts the Junior PGA Championship, the Valero Texas Open, and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

In addition, the Junior PGA Championship will serve as the final qualifying event for the 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, which will face Europe, Sept. 22-23, at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. The champion and runner-up in both divisions automatically earn a spot on the U.S. team.

39th Junior PGA Championship

presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks

Miramont Country Club – Bryan, Texas

Girls' Division – 6,240 yards

Boys' Division – 7,010 yards

Third-Round Scores

Girls’ Division

Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas 66-66-70--202

Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. 71-66-71--208

Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 68-67-73--208

Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. 70-69-70--209

Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. 72-72-70--214

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. 72-71-71--214

Ellen Takada, Irvine, Calif. 75-64-75--214

Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. 74-71-70--215

Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. 73-71-72--216

Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. 69-79-69--217

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 72-75-70--217

Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii 73-72-72--217

Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. 72-73-72--217

Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas 71-73-73--217

Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 72-73-73--218

Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii 73-73-74--220

Kelly Whaley, Farmington, Conn. 72-75-74--221

Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas 78-74-70--222

Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, Pa. 76-75-71--222

Anna Hack, Murray, Ky. 75-76-71--222

Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. 77-73-72--222

Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove, Minn. 76-74-72--222

Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 73-73-77--223

Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn. 77-75-72--224

Emily Campbell, Lewisville, Texas 76-74-74--224

Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 75-75-74--224

Alex Wright, Midlothian, Va. 76-73-75--224

Maddie Luitwieler, Katy, Texas 77-75-73--225

Maddie Rose Hamilton, Louisville, Ky. 81-73-72--226

Abigail Cantwell, Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-75-73--226

Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. 73-77-76--226

Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas 74-76-76--226

Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio 71-75-80--226

Amber Wang, Sugar Land, Texas 77-77-73--227

Lois Kaye Go, PHILIPPINES 81-76-71--228

Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. 77-77-74--228

Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. 75-78-75--228

Haley Nist, Meridian, Idaho 77-74-77--228

Katharine Patrick, West University Place, Texas 74-75-79--228

Maya Walton, Austin, Texas 77-72-79--228

Michelle Xie, Palo Alto, Calif. 73-74-81--228

Haley Thiele, Wahoo, Neb. 81-76-72--229

Bailey Tardy, Peachtree Corners, Ga. 78-74-77--229

Kasey Nielsen, Kent, Ohio 75-80-75--230

Haydyn Gibson, Clearwater, Fla. 75-79-76--230

Jenny Buchanan, Loudonville, N.Y. 72-77-81--230

Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. 71-82-78--231

Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. 74-78-79--231

Virginia Green, Fairhope, Ala. 77-81-74--232

Alisa Snyder, Phoenix, Ariz. 74-82-76--232

Kathleen Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. 79-76-77--232

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii 75-84-74--233

Amanda Kim, O'Fallon, Mo. 80-78-76--234

Valeria Sofia Pacheco, Hallandale Beach, Fla. 80-78-76--234

Lauren Waller, Canonsburg, Pa. 76-80-78--234

Elizabeth Choi, Syosset, N.Y. 77-78-79--234

Victoria Huskey, Greenville, S.C. 79-75-80--234

Shania Berger, Socorro, N.M. 83-81-71--235

Alexa Tsay, Andover, Mass. 72-83-80--235

Greer Clausen, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 78-81-78--237

Hannah Thiele, Wahoo, Neb. 82-74-81--237

Victoria Parker, Lewiston, N.Y. 78-86-74--238

Nikki Long, San Antonio, Texas 82-77-80--239

Jean Tyrrell, Leawood, Kan. 81-77-82--240

Alexis Sadeghy, Edmond, Okla. 83-72-85--240

Gabrielle Curtis, Eau Claire, Wis. 84-79-78--241

Maria Davis, Vallejo, Calif. 78-83-80--241

Paige Van Dyk, Tama, Iowa 77-81-83--241

Rei Nakatani, JAPAN 85-81-80--246

Rachel Johnson, Anderson, Ind. 84-84-79--247

Alyssa Akiyama, Terrace Park, Ohio 82-84-81--247

Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill. 85-82-82--249

Maddy McDanel, Pittsburgh, Pa. 85-83-84--252

Lindsay May, Auburn, N.Y. 82-90-82--254

Angela Garvin, Feeding Hills, Mass. 90-81-85--256

Haylee Chugg, Ogden, Utah 88-87-82--257