Rinko Mitsunaga, a member of the Roswell Junior Golf Program, finished second at the Georgia Girls’ Championship, held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.
She finished two shots back of the winner, Bailey Tardy. Mitsunaga qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open and has played in three U.S Girls’ Junior Championships in her career.
The future Georgia Bulldog will now represent the state in the seventh annual Georgia-South Carolina Girls’ Junior Challenge Match, a match-play team competition between the two states.
This year’s event takes place at Seabrook Island-Crooked Oaks Course in South Carolina starting on Aug. 3.
Entries to the girls’ championship were open to female amateur golfers between the ages of nine and 17 with a maximum USGA handicap Index of 24.4.
The format was 54 holes of stroke play.
Alpharetta native and Cambridge High School student Ryan Stachler finished second at the 48th edition of the Georgia Junior Championship held at The Farm in Rocky Face. Stachler finished the three-round event with a score of even par, only one shot off of the winner, Marcus Byrd of Dunwoody. Similar to Mitsunaga, Stachler has now qualified for the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match.
Johns Creek also hosted a men’s U.S. Senior Open qualifier at The Standard last week.
Four men, including amateurs Jeff Belk of Marietta, Jack Hall of Sea Island and professional Craig Stevens of Dallas. punched their ticket to the U.S. Senior Open Championship which will be held at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Neb., from July 11 to 14.