Final-round notes: 2014 World Championship

Saturday’s conclusion of the 15th annual World Championship came down to the wire, as six of the 13 World Championships were decided by just one stroke, and four more were decided by two strokes. In all, players from four countries (China, Philippines, Thailand, United States) will return home from Pinehurst with the title of World Champion.

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Boys 12  |  Pinehurst No. 8
-3 (71-71-71)…Carter Dalili (Florida, USA)
-1 (69-72-74)…Louis Dobbelaar (Australia)
+1 (75-73-69)…Scott Roden (Texas, USA)
+1 (73-72-72)…RobingTiger Williams (United Kingdom)

Dalili faced a one-stroke deficit entering Saturday’s final round, but the score was knotted at even-par as he and Dobbelaar made the turn. The pair exchanged birdies, Dalili making his on No. 10 and Dobbelaar making his on No. 15, and the championship came down to the final three holes. Pars on Nos. 16 and 18 and an eagle on No. 17 gave Dalili his third straight round of 1-under 71 and a two-stroke victory.


Boys 11  |  Talamore
-8 (67-70-71)…Alexander Yang (California, United States)
-6 (69-66-75)…Benjamin James (Connecticut, USA)
-6 (67-71-72)…Juan Camilo Vesga Solano (Colombia)

James led by two strokes over Yang at the start of the final round, and his lead grew to five strokes after an outward nine 35. Yang gained a stroke on Nos. 11, 13 and 14, and a birdie on the par-5 16th produced a two-shot swing and evened the score with two holes to play. In the end, Yang’s bogey-free back-nine 33 resulted in a closing score of 71 and a two-stroke victory.


Boys 10  |  Little River
-14 (68-67-67)…Jed Dy (Philippines)
-13 (68-64-71)…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama, USA)
-11 (69-71-65)…Garrett Engle (Pennsylvania, USA)

Birdies weren’t in short supply at Little River, as each of the top four finishers carded three consecutive rounds under par. Dy successfully defended his title thanks to five birdies and five pars over his last 10 holes. He began the day trailing Dunlap by three strokes, and a pivotal birdie on the par-3 16th produced a two-shot swing and helped lift him to a one-stroke victory.


Boys 9  |  Pinehurst No. 6
-11 (70-67-68)…Treed Huang (Texas, USA)
-10 (69-68-69)…Subham Jaglan (India)
-4 (74-68-70)…Sean Dominique Granada (Philippines)

Tied at 7-under to begin the day, Huang and Jaglan combined to make nine birdies and zero bogeys on the inward nine of their exciting final rounds. The score was tied on three separate occasions Saturday and the players birdied the same hole three times on the back nine. Both players birdied Nos. 17 and 18, but the difference proved to be a birdie by Huang on the par-5 15th.


Boys 8  |  Mid Pines (back)
-7 (34-34-33)…Jay Leng Jr. (California, USA)
+1 (36-36-37)…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia, USA)
+1 (36-37-34)…Hanru Guo (South Carolina, USA)

Leng carded three of the four rounds under-par in Boys 8, and the result was an eight-stroke victory. He totaled nine birdies against just two bogeys on the week, and he claimed the title of World Champion a year after finishing fifth. Guo carded the only other round under-par on the week, as his final-round 34 moved him five spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for second.


Boys 7  |  Mid Pines (front)
+1 (33-41-35)…Ratchanon Chantananuwat (Thailand)
+2 (35-39-36)…Achira Chumchaivate (Thailand)
+6 (38-38-38)…Ben Kablach (Virginia, USA)
+6 (38-40-36)…Max Thomas (California, USA)

Chumchaivate broke the tie atop the leaderboard with pars on the first two holes, but a birdie by Chantananuwat on No. 3 created a two-stroke swing and give him a lead he would not relinquish. He backed it up with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, and a closing round of 35 gave him a one-stroke victory.


Boys 6 & under  |  Midland Country Club
-8 (32-36-32)…Phillip Dunham (Florida, USA)
-7 (33-32-36)…Tristan Wieland (Florida, USA)
-4 (36-33-35)…Pieter Johan Hendriks (South Africa)
-4 (35-34-35)…Alexander Viscovich (Denmark)

Wieland, the second-round leader, and Dunham were separated by three strokes at the start of the day, and the players carded identical scores on the first six holes of Saturday’s final round. Even after a birdie on No. 6, Dunham was down three strokes with three holes to play. But birdies on Nos. 7-9 gave Dunham four straight to finish, and his round of 4-under 32 gave him an 8-under total and a one-stroke victory over Wieland.


Girls 12  |  Pinehurst No. 3
+1 (69-77-71)…Anne Yu (China)
+4 (74-72-74)…Maria Fernanda Martinez (Mexico)
+6 (78-72-72)…Agustina Gomez Cisterna (Argentina)

Three players began the day tied for the lead, but Yu emerged victorious after recording the only round under-par on the day. Birdies on Nos. 2 and 9 produced two-shot swings over Martinez, and Yu’s birdie on No. 15, her sixth on the day, gave her a five-stroke cushion that proved to be insurmountable.


Girls 11  |  Southern Pines
-1 (69-70-76)…Mimi Chen (Florida, USA)
+1 (73-74-70)…Elle Nachmann (Florida, USA)
+3 (74-72-73)…Xin Cindy Kou (Florida, USA)

Nachmann, the defending champion, trailed Chen by eight strokes to start the day, but a front-nine 33 put her back into contention. She finished with a 2-under 70 and took the clubhouse lead at 1-over with just three players left to finish. Though she had carded just one birdie through the first 13 holes, Chen played the last five holes in 2-under. Birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 proved to be the final margin, as her 1-under total was two strokes better than Nachmann.


Girls 10  |  Longleaf
-4 (68-75-69)…Leon Takagi (New York, USA)
+3 (75-73-71)…Alejandra Ferrer (Mexico)
+4 (72-79-69)…Kynadie Adams (Tennessee, USA)

Takagi retained her title of World Champion behind the strength of a final-round 69. Nursing a one-stroke lead to begin the day, Takagi raced away from the competition thanks to four birdies on her first eight holes. In all, she tallied 11 birdies and one eagle on the week en route to her seven-stroke victory.


Girls 9  |  Longleaf (front)
-7 (33-34-34)…Natachanok Tunwannarux (Thailand)
-6 (34-35-33)…Alexa Pano (Florida, USA)
-2 (36-33-37)…Kiera Floyd (South Africa)

Pano, the three-time defending champion, began the day trailing by two strokes, and she immediately cut the deficit in half after a birdie on the opening hole. Tunwannarux responded and built a four-stroke cushion after making birdies on Nos. 3-5. Pano capped her bogey-free round of 33 with a birdie on No. 9, but Tunwannarux finished one stroke ahead with a 7-under total after a final-round of 34.


Girls 8  |  Mid Pines (front)
+5 (38-38-37)…Gracie McGovern (Arizona, USA)
+6 (38-37-39)…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+7 (40-38-37)…Summer Lee (Texas, USA)

Each player in the final group had at least a share of the lead Saturday, but it was McGovern who claimed the win after a par on the final hole. Temelo, the defending champion, began the final round one stroke ahead of McGovern and three strokes ahead of Lee. After starting the round with five pars and one birdie, Lee pulled into a tie for the lead with Temelo at 5-over with three holes remaining. McGovern erased the one-stroke deficit over the last three holes, as two pars and a birdie gave her the winning score of 5-over.


Girls 7 & under  |  Midland Country Club
-3 (34-37-34)…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida, USA)
-1 (38-38-31)…Avery Zweig (Texas, USA)
+2 (36-39-35)…Avani Prashanth (India)

Kovelesky and the other leaders started early Saturday morning, as they returned to the course to complete their second rounds. The long day didn’t faze Kovelesky, as she didn’t card a bogey on Saturday, and her final-round 34 led to a two-stroke victory. Zweig found her form in the afternoon, as she tallied five birdies in her final-round 31, which moved three spots up the leaderboard and into second.

Second-round Notes: 2014 World Championship

The 1400 players in the World Championship endured weather delays and the soggy conditions, as nearly an inch of rain fell in the Pinehurst area during Friday’s second round. Play in the Girls 7 & Under division was suspended due to darkness and play resumed at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, but every other age group finished their rounds on Friday.

Second-round results
Final-round tee times
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Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama, USA) turned in the round of the day, as an 8-under 64 has put him at 12-under in Boys 10. After a double bogey on the first hole, Dunlap rebounded by playing Nos. 3-7 in 6-under-par (an eagle followed by four birdies). He added four more birdies, and the resulting 64 has given him a three-stroke lead over defending champion Jed Dy (Philippines).

Benjamin James (Connecticut, USA) turned in an exceptional performance as well, as he has earned a two-stroke edge in Boys 11 after a bogey-free 66 has him at 9-under for the tournament. Alexander Yang (California, USA) will look to dethrone the defending champion, as he is 7-under and in second place.

Two of the boys age brackets feature co-leaders through two days. Nine-year-olds Treed Huang (Texas, USA) and Subham Jaglan (India) are 7-under and share a five-stroke lead heading into Saturday’s final round. A pair of players from Thailand sit atop the Boys 7 leaderboard, as Ratchanon Chantananuwat and Achira Chumchaivate are 2-over and lead by two strokes.

Mimi Chen (Florida, USA), the 2012 World Champion, emerged as the second-round leader in Girls 11 after carding a 2-under 70 on Friday. She is the only player in that field with two rounds under-par, and her 5-under total is five strokes ahead of Yae Eun Kim (Dominican Republic).

A Saturday showdown is set in Girls 12, as three players are tied for the lead at 2-over-par through 36 holes. Five birdies helped Maria Fernanda Martinez (Mexico) card an even-par 72, one of just four rounds of par or better on the day. She will be joined in the final pairing by Michaela Morard (Alabama, USA) and first-round leader Anne Yu (China).

Another showdown will take place in Girls 9 at Longleaf, as three-time defending champion Alexa Pano (Florida, USA) has some ground to make up in order to continue her winning streak. Pano is tied for second with Kiera Floyd (South Africa), while Natachanok Tunwannarux (Thailand) is 5-under and leads by two strokes after carding a bogey-free 34 on Friday.

Boys 12  |  Pinehurst No. 8
-3 (69-72)…Louis Dobbelaar (Australia)
-1 (71-71)…Carter Dalili (Florida, USA)
-1 (74-69)…Leopoldo Herrera III (Florida, USA)

Boys 11  |  Talamore
-9 (69-66)…Benjamin James (Connecticut, USA)
-7 (67-70)…Alexander Yang (California, United States)
-6 (67-71)…Juan Camilo Vesga Solano (Colombia)

Boys 10  |  Little River
-12 (68-64)…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama, USA)
-9 (68-67)…Jed Dy (Philippines)
-4 (69-71)…Garrett Engle (Pennsylvania, USA)
-4 (72-68)…Jackson Van Paris (Illinois, USA)

Boys 9  |  Pinehurst No. 6
-7 (70-67)…Treed Huang (Texas, USA)
-7 (69-68)…Subham Jaglan (India)
-2 (74-68)…Sean Dominique Granada (Philippines)

Boys 8  |  Mid Pines (back)
-4 (34-34)…Jay Leng Jr. (California, USA)
E (36-36)…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia, USA)
+1 (36-37…Hanru Guo (South Carolina, USA)

Boys 7  |  Mid Pines (front)
+2 (33-41)…Ratchanon Chantananuwat (Thailand)
+2 (35-39)…Achira Chumchaivate (Thailand)
+4 (37-39)…Andre Zhu (Canada)
+4 (38-38)…Ben Kablach (Virginia, USA)

Boys 6 & under  |  Midland Country Club
-7 (33-32)…Tristan Wieland (Florida, USA)
-4 (33-35)…Isaac Diaz (Texas, USA)
-4 (32-36)…Phillip Dunham (Florida, USA)

Girls 12  |  Pinehurst No. 3
+2 (74-72)…Maria Fernanda Martinez (Mexico)
+2 (72-74)…Michaela Morard (Alabama, USA)
+2 (69-77)…Anne Yu (China)

Girls 11  |  Southern Pines
-5 (69-70)…Mimi Chen (Florida, USA)
E (74-70)…Yae Eun Kim (Dominican Republic)
+2 (72-74)…Madelyn Gamble (California, USA)
+2 (72-74)…Man Li Xiang Yang (China)
+2 (74-72)…Xin Cindy Kou (Florida, USA)

Girls 10  |  Longleaf
-1 (68-75)…Leon Takagi (New York, USA)
E (74-70)…Taylor Kehoe (Canada)
+3 (72-75)…Skylee Shin (Florida, USA)

Girls 9  |  Longleaf (front)
-5 (33-34)…Natachanok Tunwannarux (Thailand)
-3 (36-33)…Kiera Floyd (South Africa)
-3 (34-35)…Alexa Pano (Florida, USA)

Girls 8  |  Mid Pines (front)
+3 (38-37)…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+4 (38-38)…Gracie McGovern (Arizona, USA)
+6 (39-39)…Charlie Whorton (Arkansas, USA)
+6 (40-38)…Summer Lee (Texas, USA)

Girls 7 & under  |  Midland Country Club
Play suspended due to darkness; second round resumed at 7:30 a.m. Saturday
-2…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida, USA)
-1…Natalie Yen (Oregon, USA)
E…Avani Prashanth (India)

First-round Notes: 2014 World Championship

Six countries and three past World Champions are represented among the leaders after the first round of the 15th annual World Championship.

First-round results
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Louis Dobbelaar (Australia) carded five birdies over his last 12 holes en route to a 3-under 69 and a two-stroke lead in Boys 12. A trio of players carded rounds of 71, including two-time USKG National Player of the Year and two-time World Champion Michael Thorbjornsen (Massachusetts, USA).

Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vesga Solano and Alexander Yang (California, USA) carded the best first round among the 1400 players, and they share a one-stroke lead in Boys 11. Vesga Solano birdied six of his first seven holes on his second nine (Nos. 1-2, 4-7) en route to his 5-under 67, while Yang closed his round with birdies on his last two holes.

Two players from Thailand and two players from China have at least a share of the lead heading into Friday’s second round. Ratchanon Chantananuwat (Thailand) and Haizhao Tang (China) carded rounds of 3-under 33 and lead by two strokes in Boys 7, while Girls 9 is led by Natachanok Tunwannarux (Thailand) and Girls 12 is led by Anne Yu (China).

Philippines is the sixth country to have a representative atop a leaderboard, as defending champion Jed Dy is among the five co-leaders in Boys 10 after carding a 4-under 68.

Mimi Chen (Florida, USA) won the 2012 World Championship and, after an opening-round 69 in Girls 11, she finds herself in the lead once again. Leon Takagi (New York, USA) is the third former champ in the lead, as a 4-under 68 has given her a four-stroke cushion in Girls 10.

Boys 12  |  Pinehurst No. 8
-3…Louis Dobbelaar (Australia)
-1…Michael Thorbjornsen (Massachusetts, USA)
-1…Carter Dalili (Florida, USA)
-1…Alfred Raja Sitohang (Indonesia)

Boys 11  |  Talamore
-5…Juan Camilo Vesga Solano (Colombia)
-5…Alexander Yang (California, United States)
-4…Kentaro Nanayama (Japan)

Boys 10  |  Little River
-4…Gavin Aurilia (Arizona, USA)
-4…Jed Dy (Philippines)
-4…Orlando Coons (Nevada, USA)
-4…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama, USA)
-4…Ian Fritz (Nevada, USA)

Boys 9  |  Pinehurst No. 6
-4…Alex Papayoanou (Texas, USA)
-3…Subham Jaglan (India)
-2…Treed Huang (Texas, USA)
-2…Allan Kournikova (Florida, USA)
-2…Jeremy Chen (Taiwan)

Boys 8  |  Mid Pines (back)
-2…Jay Leng Jr. (California, USA)
E…Hanru Guo (South Carolina, USA)
E…Asher Joseph (Florida, USA)
E…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia, USA)

Boys 7  |  Mid Pines (front)
-3…Ratchanon Chantananuwat (Thailand)
-3…Haizhao Tang (China)
-1…Achira Chumchaivate (Thailand)

Boys 6 & under  |  Midland Country Club
-4…Phillip Dunham (Florida, USA)
-3…Isaac Diaz (Texas, USA)
-3…Tristan Wieland (Florida, USA)

Girls 12  |  Pinehurst No. 3
-3…Anne Yu (China)
E…Estefania Hurtado (Colombia)
E…Michaela Morard (Alabama, USA)

Girls 11  |  Southern Pines
-3…Mimi Chen (Florida, USA)
E…Madelyn Gamble (California, USA)
E…Man Li Xiang Yang (China)

Girls 10  |  Longleaf
-4…Leon Takagi (New York, USA)
E…Kynadie Adams (Tennessee, USA)
E…Skylee Shin (Florida, USA)

Girls 9  |  Longleaf (front)
-3…Natachanok Tunwannarux (Thailand)
-2…Alexa Pano (Florida, USA)
-1…Isabell Pellot (Florida, USA)

Girls 8  |  Mid Pines (front)
+1…Kiara Romero (California, USA)
+2…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+2…Gracie McGovern (Arizona, USA)
+2…Jeanne Padillo (California, USA)

Girls 7 & under  |  Midland Country Club
-2…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida, USA)
-1…Natalie Yen (Oregon, USA)
E…Avani Prashanth (India)

Quick Facts: 2014 World Championship

The 15th-annual World Championship will be played July 31 – Aug. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. Nine of the best courses in Pinehurst will host nearly 1400 players, ages 5-12, from 48 countries.

First-round tee times

Course Assignments
Division  |  Course  |  Defending champion (if returning)

Boys 12  |  Pinehurst No. 8  |  Michael Thorbjornsen – Massachusetts, USA
Boys 11  |  Talamore  |  Benjamin James – Connecticut, USA
Boys 10  |  Little River  |  Jed Dy – Philippines
Boys 9  |  Pinehurst No. 6  |  Allan Kournikova – Florida, USA
Boys 8  |  Mid Pines (back)  |  Daniel Zou – Texas, USA
Boys 7  |  Mid Pines (front)
Boys 6 & under  |  Midland Country Club

Girls 12  |  Pinehurst No. 3  |  Karah Sanford – California, USA
Girls 11  |  Southern Pines  |  Elle Nachmann – Florida, USA
Girls 10  |  Longleaf  |  Leon Takagi – New York, USA
Girls 9  |  Longleaf (front)  |  Alexa Pano – Florida, USA
Girls 8  |  Mid Pines (front)  |  Sofia Temelo – Mexico
Girls 7 & under  |  Midland Country Club

Tournament Preview
Ten of the 11 eligible champions from 2013 have returned to Pinehurst in hopes of defending their titles as World Champions. Of these past champs, four are looking to continue winning streaks that date back as far as 2011.

Alexa Pano (Girls 9) and Allan Kournikova (Boys 9) are both three-time reigning champions, and a win in 2014 would move them to second on the all-time win list with four titles. Michael Thorbjornsen (Boys 12) is the two-time U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year, and he will look to close his World Championship career with a third-consecutive victory. Daniel Zou (Boys 8) shot a combined 10-under-par in his two World Championship wins, and he will look to keep this winning streak alive at Mid Pines this week.

Contenders include five players who claimed a European Championship title in May. In Boys 8, two European Champions will challenge Zou for the title. Asher Joseph (Florida, USA) shot 10-under and won Boys 7 & Under by nine strokes, while Sihan Sandhu (Virginia, USA) won Boys 8 by two strokes. Bailey Shoemaker (New York, USA), the Girls 9 European Champion, returns to Pinehurst after finishing tied for third a year ago.

Rasmus Bofill (Denmark) won Boys 12 in Europe this year and will look to improve upon his T14 showing at the 2013 World Championship. In Girls 12, Rina Tatematsu (Thailand) was runner-up at this event a year ago, and the three-time European Champion is coming off a 24-stroke victory in Europe.

Countries represented
Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

Final-round notes: 2014 Teen World Championship

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Top row (L to R): Alvin Kwak – Boys 13, Grant Smith – Boys 14, John Gough – Boys 15-18. Bottom row (L to R): Mikhaela Denise Fortuna – Girls 13, Haeley Wotnosky – Girls 14, Maria Regina Gonzalez – Girls 15-18

Final results
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Three international players and two players from the host state of North Carolina claimed Teen World Championship titles Saturday in Pinehurst.

In Boys 14, Ryggs Johnston (Montana, USA) posted the best score in tournament history – a 10-under-par 62 that included nine birdies and an eagle – and he had the clubhouse lead at 8-under-par with nine players left to finish. Second-round leader Grant Smith (North Carolina, USA) remained unfazed, as birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 15 helped him finish with a final-round 69 and a one-stroke victory with a 9-under total.

Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA) was the other Tar Heel to claim top honors Saturday. A year after finishing third in this event, Wotnosky posted 10 birdies on the week and finished at 7-over, six strokes ahead of runner-up Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait).

The trio of international champions was led by John Gough (United Kingdom), who claimed the title of Teen World Champion two months after winning the European Championship. Facing a three-stroke deficit entering the final round, Gough eagled No. 17 en route to a 1-under 71, the second best score of the day. His even-par total was two strokes better than Amarin Kraivixien (Thailand).

In Girls 15-18, Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico) closed with birdies on four of her final 10 holes and carded a final-round 71. Her 13-over total was one stroke clear of Pascalle Tego (Mexico), who birdied Nos. 3-6 and Nos. 9-10 en route to a tournament-best round of 67.

Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines) completed her wire-to-wire victory in Girls 13, as her final-round 76 kept her atop the leaderboard and seven strokes ahead of the competition. Janejilla Marston (Thailand) tallied five birdies Saturday and finished at 14-over after recording a final-round 70.

Playing in the penultimate group in Boys 13, Alvin Kwak (Washington) held the clubhouse lead at 1-under after carding a final-round 72. Second-round leader Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic) matched the 54-hole total after a 1-over 73, and the duo went to a 55th hole to decide the championship. Kwak prevailed in the sudden-death playoff, as a par sealed the victory on the par-5 10th hole.

Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 8)
E (75-70-71)…John Gough (United Kingdom)
+2 (76-70-72)…Amarin Kraivixien (Thailand)
+3 (75-76-68)…Ryan Flick (Ohio, USA)
+3 (74-69-76)…Nicholas Solimene (Connecticut, USA)

Boys 14 (Pinehurst No. 6)
-9 (72-66-69)…Grant Smith (North Carolina, USA)
-8 (73-73-62)…Ryggs Johnston (Montana, USA)
-7 (73-68-68)…Michael Sanders (North Carolina, USA)

Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 9)
-1 (71-72-72)…Alvin Kwak (Washington, USA)*
-1 (69-73-73)…Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic)
+1 (73-71-73)…Jake Miller (Indiana, USA)

Girls 15-18 (Mid Pines)
+13 (80-78-71)…Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico)
+14 (84-79-67)…Pascalle Tego (Mexico)
+17 (77-79-77)…Killian Casson (Maryland, USA)

Girls 14 (Mid Pines)
+7 (74-73-76)…Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA)
+13 (79-76-74)…Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait)
+19 (79-79-77)…Pin-Wen Lu (Taiwan)
+19 (84-74-77)…Lauren Peter (New York, USA)

Girls 13 (Mid Pines)
+7 (75-72-76)…Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines)
+14 (82-78-70)…Janejilla Marston (Thailand)
+16 (81-79-72)…Caroline Craig (Florida, USA)
+16 (78-84-70)…Amy Zhang (Florida, USA)

*Won via sudden-death playoff

Second-round notes: 2014 Teen World Championship

Second-round results  |  Final-round tee times
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Three of the six age divisions have co-leaders with 18 holes left to play, which promises to make for an exciting final round Saturday at the Teen World Championship.

In Boys 14, Grant Smith (North Carolina, USA) tallied seven birdies Friday, including three in a row to end his round, to post a tournament-best 6-under 66 on Pinehurst No. 6. His 6-under total is tied with Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand), and two strokes ahead of Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico).

Boys 13 also features co-leaders through 36 holes, as Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic) and Chriseagle Kim (North Carolina, USA) are 2-under and share a one-stroke lead. Kim moved 27 spots up the leaderboard after carding six birdies on the day, including four in a row on Nos. 7-10, en route to a 67.

A steady second round by Killian Casson (Maryland, USA) erased a four-stroke deficit and pulled her even with Grace Shin (Oklahoma, USA) with one round to play in Girls 15-18. Casson and Shin are 14-over, while Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico) is just two strokes off the pace.

A hot finish by Jake Lawson (Georgia, USA) earned him a spot in the final Boys 15-18 grouping Saturday, as birdies on Nos. 16-18 highlighted a second-round 70. Lawson is 2-under after two days and has a one-stroke lead over Nicholas Solimene (Connecticut, USA), who closed Friday’s round with two birdies en route to a 3-under 69.

Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA) is in position to improve upon her third-place finish from a year ago, as she is 3-over-par and has built an eight-stroke cushion in Girls 14. Similarly, Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines) previously finished second at the 2010 World Championship, but has built a 12-stroke lead in Girls 13 after rounds of 75-72 and will aim to stand atop the podium tomorrow evening.

Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-2 (72-70)…Jake Lawson (Georgia, USA)
-1 (74-69)…Nicholas Solimene (Connecticut, USA)
+1 (75-70)…John Gough (United Kingdom)
+1 (72-73)…Eddie Karst (Tennessee, USA)

Boys 14 (Pinehurst No. 6)
-6 (69-69)…Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand)
-6 (72-66)…Grant Smith (North Carolina, USA)
-4 (69-71)…Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico)

Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 9)
-2 (69-73)…Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic)
-2 (75-67)…Chriseagle Kim (North Carolina, USA)
-1 (71-72)…Alvin Kwak (Washington, USA)
-1 (73-70)…Henry Dubiel (Florida, USA)

Girls 15-18 (Mid Pines)
+12 (77-79)…Killian Casson (Maryland, USA)
+12 (73-83)…Grace Shin (Oklahoma, USA)
+14 (80-78)…Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico)

Girls 14 (Mid Pines)
+3 (74-73)…Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA)
+11 (79-76)…Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait)
+13 (79-78)…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey, USA)

Girls 13 (Mid Pines)
+3 (75-72)…Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines)
+15 (77-82)…Woo Wade (Georgia, USA)
+16 (81-79)…Caroline Craig (Florida, USA)
+16 (83-77)…Georgia Oboh (Nigeria)
+16 (82-78)…Janejilla Marston (Thailand)

First-round notes: 2014 Teen World Championship

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Players from four countries have risen to the tops of the leaderboards after the first round at the Teen World Championship.

The boys leaderboards are crowded at the top, as the two-stroke lead held by Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet (Boys 15-18) is the largest among the three boys leaders. Chaplet carded five birdies on the day en route to a 2-under-par 70, while four Americans are tied for second after carding even-par rounds of 72.

Behind the strength of three birdies and an eagle, Luka Karaulic (Ohio, USA) carded the lowest round of the day, a 4-under 68, and has a one-stroke lead over Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico) and Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand) in Boys 14. Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic) also has a one-stroke lead in Boys 13, as a birdie on his closing hole gave him sole possession of the lead over four players.

Two World Championship veterans are among the girls leaders after the first round. Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA) finished 3rd at last year’s Teen World Championship, and this year she opened with a 2-over 74 and leads Girls 14 by five strokes. In Girls 13, Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines) shot a 3-over 75 and has a two-stroke lead over Woo Wade (Georgia, USA). In two previous appearances at the World Championship, Fortuna finished 7th in 2013 (Girls 12) and 2nd in 2010 (Girls 9).

Grace Shin (Oklahoma, USA) is playing in her first U.S. Kids Golf tournament, and an opening-round 73 has given her a four-stroke lead over Killian Casson (Maryland, USA) in Girls 15-18.

Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-2…Paul Chaplet (Costa Rica)
E…Eddie Karst (Tennessee, USA)
E…Vijay Mishra (South Carolina, USA)
E…RJ David (Arizona, USA)
E…Jake Lawson (Georgia, USA)

Boys 14 (Pinehurst No. 6)
-4…Luka Karaulic (Ohio, USA)
-3…Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico)
-3…Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand)

Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 9)
-3…Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic)
-2…Connor Creasy (Virginia, USA)
-2…Ross Steelman (Missouri, USA)
-2…Carson Stohler (Indiana, USA)
-2…Trent Tipton (Ohio, USA)

Girls 15-18 (Mid Pines)
+1…Grace Shin (Oklahoma, USA)
+5…Killian Casson (Maryland, USA)
+8…Victoria Origel (Mexico)
+8…Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico)

Girls 14 (Mid Pines)
+2…Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA)
+7…Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait)
+7…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey, USA)
+7…Pin Wen Lu (Taiwan)

Girls 13 (Mid Pines)
+3…Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines)
+5…Woo Wade (Georgia, USA)
+6…Amy Zhang (Florida, USA)