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Lim, Tardy punch tickets to U.S. Girls Junior

Staff Photo: John Bohn Duluth's Diane Lim finished second place in the individual category of the Region 7-AAAAA Girls Golf Championships held at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Tuesday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Duluth's Diane Lim finished second place in the individual category of the Region 7-AAAAA Girls Golf Championships held at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Tuesday.

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GAC's Bailey Tardy

CARTERSVILLE — Gwinnett golfers Diane Lim and Bailey Tardy earned two of the five spots in Monday's qualifying for the upcoming U.S. Girls Junior Championship.

Lim, who plays high school golf at Duluth, shot 74 at Cartersville Country Club to earn low medalist honors. Newnan's Annie Swords and Blackshear's Megan Carter each shot 75 to secure spots, followed by five players who shot 76.

Those five — Norcross' Tardy was in the group — went to a playoff to determine the final two spots. A par on the first playoff hole gave Tardy, the reigning Georgia Girls Champion, a U.S. Girls Junior berth. Roswell's Rinko Mitsunaga then clinched the final spot with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

A field of 42 players competed in the qualifier, which sends players to the 65th annual U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The event is July 22-27.

Norcross resident Alissa Yang shot 77 to narrowly miss the playoff, as did Suwanee's Christina Yang, who shot 78. Suwanee's Lauren Lightfritz shot 79 and Norcross' Gracie Henderson shot 80.