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Kristen Gillman - US Women's Amateur Champion

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Kristen Gillman - US Women's Amateur Champion

Kristen Gillman from Austin became a household name in the golf world when, as a 16-year-old, she completed a thrilling come-from-behind, 2-up victory over Canada’s Brooke Henderson at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She was 3 down with 10 holes to play but reeled off five birdies to capture the national championship. But that was only part of her amazing summer.
 
One week prior to the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Gillman won the 2014 Junior PGA Championship by 11 strokes. She broke the girls’ scoring record by three with her four-day total of 16-under-par 268. Gillman then led the U.S. Team to victory with a 3-0-0 record at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup and represented her country at the 2014 World  Amateur Team Championships, where she finished 27th in a field of 147 players.
 
In August 2014, Gillman became only the third female in 108 years to win the Southern Golf Association’s Amateur of the Month award. Gillman has 12 top-5 finishes in AJGA competitions and has led Lake Travis High School to two UIL State Championships.
 
In 2015, Gillman scored a 1-1-1 record at the Junior Solheim Cup and helped the U.S. win for the first time on European soil. She advanced to the Round of 16 in her U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship title defense and played in the U.S. Women’s Open, British Women’s Open and LPGA’s Swinging Skirts Classic.
 
“I’ve wanted to become a professional golfer ever since I became interested in the game at age 8,” Gillman said.
 
Gillman recently gained a spot in the field at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout.  This LPGA event will be played at Las Colinas Country Club beginnig April 28.  While the best is likely yet to come for Gillman, she’s already made her mark on the history of Women’s Golf in Texas.
   
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