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Liu becomes youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion

The Associated Press

ADA, Mich. – Fourteen-year-old Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., beat Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., 4 and 2 Saturday to become the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

Liu, who turns 15 next month, is more than six months younger than Tiger Woods when he won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur titles in 1991.

Thomas, 17, who has committed to Alabama in the fall of 2011, bogeyed six of the final 11 holes, including the final three. Liu clinched the victory with a par on the 169-yard, par-3 16th hole on the Classic Course at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Liu completed the first 18 holes of the 36-hole championship match with an 8-under 64. Thomas shot a 5-under 67 but still found himself three holes down midway through the match.

Chen wins US Girls Junior Championship title

PINEHURST, N.C. – Doris Chen of Bradenton, Fla., won four of five holes during one late stretch to beat Katelyn Dambaugh of Goose Creek, S.C., 3 and 2 in the finals of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship on Saturday.

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Chen, 17, made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 16 to close the match and win the title at The Country Club of North Carolina.

Chen was seeded 57th out of 64 after stroke-play qualifying earlier in the week and defeated medalist Danielle Kang of Thousand Oaks, Calif., in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Dambaugh, a 15-year-old aiming to become the first left-handed female golfer to win a U.S. Golf Association national event, led 2-up at one point in the scheduled 36-hole match and held a one-hole edge with eight to play.