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40th Junior PGA Championship draws elite field to Miramont CC

By John Dever
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – For a second consecutive year, an elite field of 156 players – 78 boys and 78 girls – will convene at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas, Aug. 3-6, for the 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks.
 
The 2015 field includes nine PGA Junior Series event champions, players from all 41 PGA Sections, many of the top players from the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Polo Golf Rankings, as well as select national junior tournament winners.  
 
The Junior PGA Championship, one of the premier events in junior golf, had never been held in the state of Texas before Miramont set out its welcome mat each of the last two years.  Accordingly, 26 juniors (15 girls, 11 boys) playing at Miramont hail from the Lone Star State.
 
The boys’ field is headlined by Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, La., who finished off a historic 37-hole win in the U.S. Junior Amateur on July 25. During Barbaree’s dramatic victory, he matched the largest comeback in U.S. Junior Amateur history, as he was down five holes with only eight remaining to play.
 
Joining Barbaree in the boys’ division will be Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., and Cameron Young of Scarborogh, N.Y. Last fall in Scotland, both Dalke and Young helped Team USA win its fourth straight Junior Ryder Cup over their European counterparts. 
 
Dalke (tied third), Barbaree (fifth) and Young (sixth) are the top three finishers that will return to Miramont for a second straight summer.  
 
Angel Yin of Arcadia, Calif., leads the 78-player girls’ division. Yin, the top ranked girls’ player according to the Polo Golf Rankings, is fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Tulsa, where she earned an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Yin is making her Junior PGA Championship debut.
 
Yin will be challenged by Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii. A three-time state high school golf champion, the 17-year-old Galdiano has qualified for three U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2011, ‘13, ‘15). This year, she made the cut for the first time and finished in a tie for 42nd place at Lancaster Country Club.   
 
Galdiano is one of six players to return to Miramont that registered top-25 finishes last year. She is joined on the list by Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas; Binny Lee of Frisco, Texas; Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.; Courtney Dow of Frisco, Texas; and Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif. 
 
Kristen Gillman and Sam Burns won their respective divisions at last year’s Junior PGA Championship at Miramont. Gillman is competing in this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open in Scotland and, due to logistical and proximity hurdles, will not be able to defend her title. Burns recently turned 19 and is ineligible to defend his championship.  He is slated to begin his collegiate golf career this fall at Louisiana State University. 
 
The complete field, as of Tuesday, July 28:
 
BOYS' DIVISION 
Ashwin Arasu, San Diego, Calif.
Zhenkai (Bobby) Bai, CHINA 
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. 
Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla. 
Alec Bard, New Hartford, N.Y.
Carson Barry, Eagle, Idaho 
Ryan Bender, Overland Park, Kan. 
Brandon Berry, Great Falls, Va. 
Michael Biata, Owasso, Okla. 
Alec Brunelle, Salem, N.H. 
William Buhl, Fairhope, Ala. 
Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. 
Sean Carlon, Albuquerque, N.M. 
Tyler Church, Onalaska, Wis. 
Zach Crawford, Vandalia, Ohio 
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. 
Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, N.J. 
Cameron Dawson, Hodgenville, Ky. 
Will Dickson, Providence, R.I. 
Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. 
Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, Md. 
Jordan Even, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
Ethan Farnam, Crystal Lake, Ill. 
Austin Fox, Delmar, N.Y. 
Jackson Franchville, Coatesville, Ind. 
Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. 
Joshua Gliege, Eagle, Idaho 
Grant Glorioso, Metairie, La. 
Mark Goetz, Irwin, Pa. 
Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas 
Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas 
Ashkaan Hakim, San Ramon, Calif. 
Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas 
Nathan Han, Somers, N.Y. 
Kyosuke Hara, Honolulu, Hawaii 
Kendel Hodges, Temecula, Calif. 
Kyle Hogan, Cypress, Texas 
William Holcomb V, Crockett, Texas 
Jackson Howes, McKinney, Texas 
Nathan Jeansonne, Keithville, La. 
Thomas Johnson, Norman, Okla. 
Andrew Kozan, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 
Cole Krantz, Windsor, Colo. 
Will Kurtz, Hudson, Ohio 
Walker Lee, Houston, Texas
Jason Liu, Windsor, Conn. 
Kaiwen Liu, San Diego, Calif. 
Viraj Madappa, INDIA 
Joshua Madarang, Chester Springs, Pa. 
Garrett Martin, San Antonio, Texas 
Nate Menon, Wyomissing, Pa. 
William Nottingham, Kingsport, Tenn. 
John Pak Scotch, Plains, N.J. 
Reese Ramsey, Austin, Texas 
Garett Reband, Fort Worth, Texas 
Alex Schaake, Omaha, Neb. 
Luke Schniederjans, Kennesaw, Ga. 
Mitchell Schow, Ogden, Utah
Anton Serafini, Lake Mary, Fla. 
Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Walker Simas, Charlotte, N.C. 
Noel Sims, Phoenix, Ariz. 
Davis Smith, Johns Creek, Ga. 
Jack Snyder, Phoenix, Ariz. 
Sean Song, Omaha, Neb. 
Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C. 
Zack Taylor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Troy Taylor II, Westerville, Ohio 
Frankie Thomas, St. Louis, Mo. 
Justin Thompson, Dallas, Texas 
Will Thomson, Pittsford, N.Y. 
Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. 
Spencer Tibbits, Vancouver, Wash. 
Carter Toms, Shreveport, La. 
Austin van Sytzama, Delano, Minn. 
Andrew Walker, Battle Creek, Mich. 
Trey Winstead, Baton Rouge, La. 
Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y.
 
GIRLS’ DIVISION 
Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif.
Evelyn Arguelles, MEXICO 
Morgan Baxendale, Windermere, Fla. 
 Jillian Bourdage, Tamarac, Fla. 
Madison Braman, Loudonville, N.Y.
Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C. 
Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas 
Kristin Dahee, Chung Buena Park, Calif. 
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas 
Grace Do, Coppell, Texas 
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 
Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas 
Julia Ford, Shrewsbury, Mass. 
Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii 
Angela Garvin, Feeding Hills, Mass. 
Morgan Goldstein, Las Vegas, Nev.  
Shannon Gould, O'Fallon, Mo.
Virginia Green, Point Clear, Ala. 
Kendall Griffin, Sebring, Fla. 
Sarah Harrison, Martinez, Ga. 
Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. 
Anni Heck, Eagan, Minn. 
Victoria Huskey, Greenville, S.C. 
Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif. 
Julia Johnson, St. Gabriel, La. 
Hailey Jones, Dallas, Texas 
Caroline Jordaan, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. 
Rina Jung Briarcliff, Manor, N.Y. 
Chaithra Katamneni, Coppell, Texas 
Madison Kerley, Scottsdale, Ariz.  
Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. 
Mia Kness, Venetia, Pa. 
Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 
Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. 
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 
Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. 
Lindsay May, Auburn, N.Y. 
Rachele Miller, Bettendorf, Iowa 
Natalie Mullins, Eagle, Idaho 
Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii 
Kasey Nielsen, Kent, Ohio 
Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas 
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, N.Y. 
Madasyn Pettersen, Rockford, Ill.
Chandler Rosholt, Cedar Park, Texas 
Ariana Saenz, Porter, Texas 
Karah Sanford, Escondito, Calif. 
Ellen Secor, Portland, Ore. 
Delaney Shah, North Potomac, Md. 
Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. 
Sarah Shipley, Hastings, Mich.  
Rachel Silverman, Belle Isle, Fla. 
Kelly Sim, Edgewater, N.J. 
Loren Skibba, Verona, Wis. 
Ellie Slama, South Salem, Ore. 
Jessica Sloot, Fruit Heights, Utah 
Katherine Smith, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Alisa Snyder, Phoenix, Ariz. 
Yujeong Son, Norman, Okla. 
Rachael Stewart, Franklin, Ky. 
Malia Stovall, Winchester, Tenn. 
Kennedy Swann, Austin, Texas 
Ellie Szeryk, Allen, Texas 
Hannah Thiele, Wahoo, Neb. 
Lauren Tibbets, Converse, Ind. 
Kasey Torres, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Jean Tyrrell, Leawood, Kan. 
Kailie Vongsaga, Walnut, Calif. 
Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. 
Brynn Walker, St. Davids, Pa. 
Lauren Waller, Canonsburg, Pa. 
Maya Walton, Austin, Texas 
Amber Wang, Sugar Land, Texas 
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. 
Kelly Whaley, Farmington, Conn. 
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 
Darian Zachek, Deming, N.M.
 
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