2012 Junior PGA Championship

Robby Shelton and Ariya Jutanugarn at the Junior PGA Championship
Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America
Robby Shelton won his first Junior PGA Championship crown on Friday, while Ariya Jutanugarn earned her second straight title.
By
The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

2012 JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY UNDER ARMOUR AND HERITAGE FOOD SERVICE GROUP 

Dates:
July 31- Aug. 3
Site: Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
2011 Champions: Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand (she is returning to defend her title, Cody will not)
Special Guest: 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will be the featured guest/speaker at the Welcome Event on Monday, July 30
Details: The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties. Each year the field includes past winners of the Championship, PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek's top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
Presenting Sponsors: Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group

TOURNAMENT LINKS
 Live scoring  | Tournament fact sheet (.pdf) | Junior PGA facts and format (.pdf)

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INTERVIEWS
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FINAL-ROUND RECAP
Shelton and Jutanugarn claim titles at 37th Junior PGA Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand became the first Girls' Division champion to claim back-to-back titles since In-Bee Park on Friday, while Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., claimed his first Boys' Division title. Jutanugarn birdied her last four holes to win by three shots over Samantha Wagner, while Shelton defeated Cameron Champ by three strokes.

THIRD-ROUND RECAP
Shelton leads Boys' Division, two tied atop Girls' Division after 54 holes

Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., used a Sycamore Hills course-record 8-under-par 64 Thursday to catapult to a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Boys' Division. Defending Champion Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is tied for the Girls Division lead with Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.

SECOND-ROUND RECAP
McDaniel and Jutanugarn hold leads at halfway point in Fort Wayne

Playing in ideal weather conditions on Wednesday, defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand extended her lead in the Girls' Division to two strokes at the end of the second round at Sycamore Hills, while Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, N.Y., took a one-stroke lead in the Boys' Division.

FIRST-ROUND RECAP
Williams and Jutanugarn tie course records to lead after Day 1

J.B. Williams of Danville, Ky., and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand both tied Sycamore Hills competitive course records on Tuesday and grabbed the opening-round lead at the Junior PGA Championship. Williams owns a two-stroke lead in the Boys' Division, while Jutanugarn is ahead by one in the Girls' Division.

PREVIEW STORIES
Ryder Cup Captain Love offers words of encouragement

Speaking before a gathering of more than 400 people on Monday, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III urged the players to appreciate the opportunity they have this week to play in such a prominent event and advised them to not let their emotions get the best of them while out on the course.

How to play Sycamore Hills (.pdf)
To succeed at the Junior PGA Championship, the players will need to get off to a sgood start on the front nine, says Sycamore Hills’ PGA Head Professional Tim Frazier. However, he notes, the tournament likely will be decided in a crucial stretch deep in the  back nine.
--Sunday Notebook: Field of 156 elite juniors descends on Sycamore Hills

Ryder Cup Captain Love to speak at Junior PGA's opening ceremony
Davis Love III, the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain and winner of the 1997 PGA Championship, will welcome the players to the Junior PGA Championship on July 30. "I am really looking forward to attending this year's Junior PGA Championship, where I will be able to share some of my experiences from a game that has taught me so much," says Love.

Elite field of juniors assembled to play at 37th Junior PGA Championship
Led by two-time U.S. Open participant Beau Hossler, nine of the top 20 players in the Polo Golf Rankings will tee it up in the Boys' Division of the Junior PGA Championship. Meanwhile, eight of the top 10 players in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, headlined by returning champion Ariya Jutanugarn, are scheduled to compete in the Girls' Division.

Reigning Girls' Champion Jutanugarn set to defend at 2012 Junior PGA
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who cruised to victory last year, is scheduled to defend her title in the Girls' Division as the Junior PGA Championship returns to Sycamore Hills for a third consecutive year. Jutanugarn took a 10-stroke lead into the final round and finished with a final-round 70 and 273 total to win by that same margin.