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Winning score for American Preston Summerhays in the U.S. Junior Amateur final match against China’s Bo Jin on Saturday at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Summerhays, 16, of Scottsdale, Ariz., found himself 3 down through 16 holes in the morning round before he birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to win both holes and trim Jin’s lead to 1 up at the lunch break in the scheduled 36-hole match. Summerhays took the lead for good with a birdie at the par-4 10th, their 28th hole, before closing out the match with his second birdie of the day at the par-4 17th, the 35th hole of the match. Summerhays and Jin earned exemptions into next month’s U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort. Summerhays also landed spots in the 2020 U.S. Open and the 2020 U.S. Amateur (scoring).
Number of Americans to win on the LPGA this season as Cydney Clanton teamed with Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura to claim a six-stroke victory in the inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. The Clanton-Suwannapura duo closed with an 11-under 59 in the four-ball (better-ball) format at Midland (Mich.) Country Club for a 27-under 253 total. South Korea’s Jin Young Ko and Australia’s Minjee Lee vaulted into second place with a final-round 58. The victory was the first on the LPGA for Clanton and the second for Suwannapura. Nelly Korda (Women’s Australian Open) and Lexi Thompson (ShopRite LPGA Classic) are the other American winners this season. South Koreans have won nine of the 20 LPGA events (scores).
Number of strokes by which Ireland’s Shane Lowry led the British Open entering today’s final round at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Lowry shot a bogey-free 8-under 63 for a 54-hole Open scoring record of 16-under 197. England’s Tommy Fleetwood stood second at 12-under 201 after a 66. American J.B. Holmes (69), the only other player within six strokes of the lead, was third at 10-under 203 (scores and tee times).
Number of strokes under par that Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit played a mid-round five-hole stretch en route to the third-round lead at the Symetra Tour’s Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic in Rochester, N.Y. Tavatanakit made four birdies and an eagle on Nos. 8-12 at Brook Lea Country Club and shot 7-under 65 for a 15-under 201 total and five-stroke lead over American Jenny Coleman. Tavatanakit, a first-year professional who played two seasons at UCLA, won last week’s event on the LPGA’s developmental tour, the Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort (scores).
Number of strokes under par that Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura stood after 54 holes to lead the Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Neb. Ventura shot 4-under 67 for a 198 total and one-stroke lead at The Club at Indian Creek. American Lanto Griffin moved into second place with a 64 (scores).
Forecast windspeed, in miles per hour, for today’s final round of the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, with gusts of 35 mph. The forecast high is 65 degrees, with an 85-percent chance of rain (scores and tee times).
Number of strokes under par that American Jim Herman stood through three rounds to lead the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky. Herman shot 10-under 62 for a 192 total, matching the low 54-round total on Tour this season. American Kelly Kraft shot a course-record 61 to move into solo second place at 23-under 193. Through three rounds, the tournament already has produced 90 eagles, the most on Tour this season. Herman bagged two of them Saturday, at the par-5 eighth and par-5 15th, as he seeks his second career victory (scores).