USGA

Yin holds 3-shot lead at Girls' Junior Championship

Flagstaff, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Angel Yin carded a 6-under 66 in the first round of stroke play on Monday and that gave her a 3-shot lead at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

Yin also played in last week's U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, where she advanced to the round of 32 before being ousted by Robynn Ree in 21 holes. Yin also played in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run, but she missed the cut.

The 15-year-old holds a 3-shot lead over Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho and Mariel Galdiano, all of whom are at 3-under 69. Khang missed the cut at this year's U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, while Galdiano qualified for the 2011 and 2013 national titles. She missed the cut in both events.

Marijosse Navarro, Princess Mary Superal, Virginia Green, Mary Janiga, Courtney Zeng and Lauren Waidner are all tied for fifth at 2-under 70 and are four shots back.

Yin, who started on the back nine on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club, began with a par before dropping her first shot with a bogey at No. 11. She added back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15, but gave another shot back at No. 17.

A birdie at 18 got things going for Yin, as she made the turn and added another birdie at No. 1 to get her to 2-under on the day. Yin finished out her round with birdies at three, six, seven and nine.

The final round of stroke play continues on Tuesday, with the top-64 finishers advancing to match play. The match play portion of the championship starts on Wednesday and runs through the 36-hole final on Saturday.

07/21 22:36:18 ET

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