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Winning score for Megan Furtney and Erica Shepherd, who defeated Jillian Bourdage and Casey Weidenfeld in an all-teen final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball on Wednesday afternoon at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Furtney, 18, of South Elgin, Ill., and Shepherd, 18, of Greenwood, Ind., will be teammates at Duke this fall. They had advanced to the semifinals of last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. It is the second USGA title for Shepherd, who won the 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior (scores).
Number of competitors from the Metropolitan PGA Section, led by PGA Professional Championship winner Alex Beach, who qualified for this month’s PGA Championship. Beach closed with a 3-under 69 at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C., for a 10-under 277 total and two-stroke victory over Danny Balin. Beach, 29, of Stamford, Conn., is an assistant at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. The top 20 finishers earned exemptions into the PGA Championship field for the May 16-19 event (scores).
Number of the top 10 in the Rolex Rankings who are entered in the LPGA Mediheal Championship, which begins today at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif. Among the top players, No. 2 Minjee of Australia, who lost in a playoff last year to Lydia Ko, No. 4 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 8 Lexi Thompson, the highest-ranked American (tee times).
Number of top-5 finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship in 15 career starts for Phil Mickelson, who has yet to win at the PGA Tour’s annual stop at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. The Wells Fargo is one of seven Tour events in which Mickelson, who owns 44 career victories, has made 15 or more starts without winning (tee times).
Age, in years, of China’s Yang Kuang, who will be making his European Tour debut at the Volvo China Open, which begins today at Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen, China. Kuang won the Volvo China Junior Match Play in December to earn an exemption into his national championship. Countryman Haotong Li took a similar path, winning the 2010 China Junior Match Play at age 15 before making his European Tour debut in the 2011 China Open. Five years later, Li won his national open and today is No. 39 in the Official World Golf Ranking (tee times).