Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn successfully defended her title Friday in the Junior PGA Championship, and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., won the boys' division.
The 16-year-old Jutanugarn, a 10-stroke winner last year, birdied the last four holes at Sycamore Hills for a 5-under 67 and 14-under 274 total, three strokes better than 15-year-old Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.
''This year was very different and the girls were all playing so well,'' said Jutanugarn, the Canadian's Women's Amateur winner last week ''I was looking at all the scoreboards and I knew I needed to make birdies at the end to win. ... I was not driving the ball well all week until today. My driver actually helped me. I am so proud of how I played. Last year I wanted to play good, but this year I had to win.''
She's the first player to win in consecutive years since In-Bee Park in 2001-02.
The top two players in each division earned spots on the US Junior Ryder Cup team.
Wagner finished with a 70.
''I knew ...