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Sandburg's Jillian Cosler will be among the golfers competing this week at Cog Hill. (Supplied photo)

Sandburg's Jillian Cosler will be among the golfers competing this week at Cog Hill. (Supplied photo)

46th Junior PGA Championships begin Tuesday at Cog Hill

Two of golf’s major junior championships return this week when the 46th Junior PGA Championships tee off Tuesday at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Palos Park.

The championships run until Friday. This is the first time both the boys and girls championships are at the same venue since 2017.

Sandburg’s Jillian Cosler, of Orland Park, is among the field of 156 top female junior golfers competing for the Patty Berg Trophy. The girls division features six of the top 10 junior players according to the Rolex AJGA Rankings highlighted by No. 3 Leigh Chien, No. 5 Jasmine Koo and No. 6 Bailey Shoemaker.

In the field of 156 top male junior golfers competing for the Jack Nicklaus Trophy will be three of the top 15 junior players: No. 4 Nicholas Gross, No. 12 Byungho Lee and No. 13 Henry Guan.

Included in the two fields are 100 golfers committed to play at the collegiate level, as well as 26 Illinois natives.

The Junior PGA Championships are where the best in the world get their start. Among the previous winners are Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Inbee Park, Dottie Pepper, Yuka Saso, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Lexi Thompson and Tiger Woods.

The 2021 Boys Junior PGA Championship saw champion Caleb Surratt post a third-round record 62 on his way to the title. Anna Davis’ seven-shot lead earned her the 2021 Girls Junior PGA Championship. Surratt is headed to the University of Tennessee this fall. Davis, who is the No. 2 in the latest Rolex AJGA Rankings, will miss the 2022 championship to take part in the AIG Women’s British Open.

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