Anna Davis wraps up Girls Junior PGA title, spot on U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team

In the end, no one else could come close to 15-year-old Anna Davis at the Girls Junior PGA Championship.

Anna Davis wraps up Girls Junior PGA title, spot on U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team

In the end, no one else could come close to Anna Davis, the 15-year-old from the San Diego suburb of Spring Valley, California. After a long week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, Davis won the Girls Junior PGA Championship by a seven-shot margin over Julia Misemer.

Davis strung together rounds of 69-68-73-67 to finish 15 under at Valhalla.

“It feels so good to top off the summer this way with a big win at a tournament like this,” Davis told the PGA of America minutes after being doused with bottles of water by some of her fellow competitors, a tradition often seen on the LPGA. “If I was put in this situation a year ago, I definitely would have struggled mentally. That’s for sure. But my mental game has improved so much, just keeping my head in the game, worrying about me and not what the other girls are doing.”

The Girls Junior PGA is Davis’s biggest win of the year, so she also claimed the title at the AJGA’s Ping Heather Farr Classic back in April. Davis was third at the AJGA’s Under Armour/Albane Valenzuela Girls Championship in May and finished fourth at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship the next month. At this month’s U.S. Girls’ Junior, she bowed out in the first round of match play.

For finishing 1-2 at Valhalla, Davis and Misemer earn spots on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team. Despite the fact that the formal matches have been called off because of COVID, a U.S. team consisting of six boys and six girls will still be selected. That squad will travel to Whistling Straits in September to compete in an early-week exhibition match.

Behind Davis and Misemer was a familiar name in Megha Ganne, the 17-year-old who wowed golf fans in June with her U.S. Women’s Open run. She ended up finishing 14th, the low amateur. Ganne will now head to the U.S. Women’s Open next week.

Yana Wilson, a U.S. Girls’ Junior quarterfinalist, was fourth at 6 under.

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WATCH: Hall of Famer Hollis Stacy returns to U.S. Senior Women's Open after total shoulder replacement surgery

Hollis Stacy won 18 titles on the LPGA, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She's swinging sweetly again after shoulder surgery.

WATCH: Hall of Famer Hollis Stacy returns to U.S. Senior Women's Open after total shoulder replacement surgery

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Hollis Stacy had a nagging right shoulder injury that she thought she could live through with Advil and massages. That is until she shanked four wedges during a round of golf with Jane Geddes back in January 2020.

“That’s really my bread and putter,” said Stacy. “I went ‘Oh I think I have an issue.’ ”

One month later, she underwent total shoulder replacement surgery. The 67-year-old LPGA Hall of Famer returned to competition for the first time since 2019 at this week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open and brought with her a fantastic-looking golf swing.

“I feel like I won the tournament,” said a grateful Stacy, who opened with a 3-over 75 at Brooklawn Country Club.

The six-time USGA champion won 18 titles on the LPGA, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She tied for 28th in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club and took a share of 33rd two years ago at Pine Needles.

Stacy rehabbed her shoulder three hours a day and began hitting balls three months after surgery. It wasn’t pretty, of course, but she knew that pounding thousands of golf balls on the range was the best way to strengthen her golf muscles. The four-time major winner never was a big fan of the range, preferring instead to work on her short game.

Stacy’s surgeon, Dr. Stephen Otte in Bradenton, Florida, said a full recovery from the procedure would take 18 months to two years.

Hollis Stacy putting on the 13th green during the first round at the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn. on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Darren Carroll/USGA)

After surgery, Stacy went back to the fundamentals to try and replace some of the habits she’d formed to compensate for an injured shoulder.

“My swing had progressively gotten upright and just arms,” she said.

Stacy blasted one drive during Thursday’s opening round that flew 20 years longer than the rest and got excited about what’s possible.

“It just brought new meaning,” said Stacy of the surgery’s impact. “I really wanted to be relevant with my golf game.”

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