MANILA, Philippines — Despite falling short in the PGA Women’s Junior Championship, Rianne Malixi is keeping a light-hearted and positive attitude as she dives into the action in the US Women’s Amateur starting Monday (Tuesday, local time). of Manila) in Chambers Bay at University Place, Washington.

“I have a good feeling ahead of this event,” Malixi said. “My performance in the Junior PGA has boosted my level of confidence. I will give my best at this event.

The same goes for the rest of the 156 starts made up of the world’s top female amateur golfers, led by defending champion Jensen Castle, a senior from Kentucky, who had a historic run last year after landing one of the last two spots in a 12-man playoff after the 36-hole stroke play playoffs, winning all as the 63rd seed.

US Junior Women’s Champions Rose Zhang (2022), Lei Ye (2019) and Erica Shepherd (2017), as well as Megha Ganne, Tsubasa Kajitani, Rachel Heck, Emilia Migliaccio, Brooke Matthews, Kennedy are also tipped to compete for the crown of This year. Swann and Kaitlyn Schroeder.

ICTSI-backed Malixi lost by two to Schroeder on a two-shot swing on the final hole of last week’s Junior PGA at Cog Hill, Illinois. She stalked the leaders over the three days, then took control halfway through the final lap, but spat out the back.

A birdie on the No. 16 tied her with Schroeder, who however birdied the 18 in a volley in front and the young Filipino star bogeyed the closing hole after an unsuccessful attempt to force the playoffs.

Still, the two-time American Junior Golf Association tour winner and two-time Women’s Pro Tour champion at home is unfazed by the sad setback and in fact feels content with her chances as she shuffles with Americans Lauren Lehigh and Brooke Biermann in the 8:28 flight aft of Chambers Bay, which features a walking path that winds through the course.

The par-73 layout, which has undergone a series of changes since the hosting of the 2015 US Open, should test the length and strength of the field with three par-5s presented on the front nine, and mental toughness with its delicate surface with the wind should also come into play in most holes.

Two other Pinays are also in the hunt for one of the biggest prizes in women’s amateur golf with Nicole Abelar drawing an 8:17 tee time, also on the first hole, along with Aliea Clark and Kaleiya Romero, both Americans, and Tomi Arejola. departure at 8:20 am with locals Claire Wright and Emily Dunlap.

The top 64 after the 36-hole stroke play playoff will advance to the knockout stage where play will switch to match play.

Malixi finished at No. 58 last year, then worked her way up to beat two higher-ranked players than her, but fell short of her three-hole rally in the back four with birdies at No. 16 and 17 and lost by one to Aussie Emily. Major.

Hardened by a string of stints in top junior and amateur tournaments, 15-year-old Malixi expects to push through qualifying and hopes for the best in a pressured knockout stage where talent and skill alone won’t anchor his title player but also getting the right breaks.