Henderson’s Yana Wilson Advances to Final of U.S. Girls Junior

Yana Wilson continues to make a name for herself on the national stage as she has advanced to the finals of the U. S. Girls Junior. The match will be televised on Golf Channel Saturday July 23 at noon.


“For the most part I feel like I’m pretty good at changing the momentum, especially when I’m down,” said Wilson on USGA.org, who won this year’s Annika Invitational by holing out a wedge shot from 75 yards on the first playoff hole. “I just tried to do that today.”

Wilson, 15, also played in the prestigious Augusta Women’s Amateur and won the individual Nevada State high school 5A title. She also helped leaded Coronado High to the team title.

She is often spotted at Legacy Golf Club in Henderson working on her game and also practices at Anthem with the Coronado team.

She will play Gianna Clemente of Florida in the 36-hole final.

The winner not only will join legendary champions such as Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Hollis Stacy, Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn and last month’s U.S. Women’s Open champion Minjee Lee, but she will also earn a spot in next year’s U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

Wilson, a quarterfinalist in last year’s championship and No. 87 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®, defeated Sara Im, 17, of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2, ending Im’s hopes of becoming the fourth female to win multiple USGA championships in the same year. Im won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in April with fellow Georgian Thienna Huynh. In the quarterfinals, Wilson defeated Nicole Gal, 17, of Canada, 5 and 4.

Photo: (USGA/Kathryn Riley)