Song, Johnson advance to U.S. Women's Am final
ST. LOUIS (AP) Jennifer Song moved within a victory of becoming the second woman to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same year, beating Tiffany Lua 3 and 2 on Saturday in the U.S. Women's Amateur semifinals.
The 19-year-old Song, the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links winner in June and low amateur last month in the U.S. Women's Open, will face Jennifer Johnson on Sunday in the 36-hole final at Old Warson. Johnson beat 14-year-old Alexis Thompson 1-up.
Pearl Sinn is the only woman to win two USGA titles in a year, taking the 1988 Women's Amateur and Women's Amateur Public Links. Five men have accomplished the feat.
``I am so excited,'' said Song, coming off her freshman year at Southern California. ``Being given this chance to play in the finals is just a great honor for me.''
Song, from Ann Arbor, Mich., never trailed against the 18-year-old Lua, an incoming UCLA freshman from Rowland Heights, Calif., in hot and breezy conditions on the 6,468-yard, par-71 layout.
``Today was really tough,'' Song said. ``Tiffany was playing very solidly. Her shots were very straight to me and it seemed like she would never make any mistakes.
``So I had to go through all of this emotional, mental and physical stress, like I had to be patient and tell myself that, you know, 'Jennifer, keep doing what you're doing and you'll be fine.'''
The 17-year-old Johnson, an incoming freshman at Arizona State, hasn't trailed through five matches and 76 holes.
``It's just really exciting,'' said Johnson, from La Quinta, Calif. ``I just can't believe it. You know, tomorrow is going to be a long day and there's a lot of golf, so I've just got to be patient and not think about the outcome so much, because that can get in the way.''
She had a 3-up advantage after 15 holes, but Thompson, the 2008 U.S. Girls' Junior champion, won the next two holes with birdies, holding a 35-footer on the par-5 16th and a 25-foot putt on the par-3 17th.
Thompson's putter betrayed her on No. 18. After Johnson missed a 12-foot par putt, Thompson had a chance from 10 feet to win the hole and extend the match, but the putt went right and Johnson escaped with the victory.
``I ended up not making the one that I needed to make,'' said Thompson, who was trying to become the youngest Women's Amateur winner in history and the seventh to claim both the Girls' Junior and Women's Amateur titles.''