Kung Wins Pub-Links Championship
June 25, 2001
Long Grove, Ill. - Candie Kung won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Sunday, beating Missy Farr-Kaye 2-up at Kemper Lakes. She's the first Trojan to win the championship since Jill McGill did it in 1994.
'It feels great. You just have to keep fighting in match play. Anything can happen,' said Kung, the qualifying medalist and a sophomore last year at Southern California.
Kung was 1 up at the turn and took a 2-up lead at the 10th hole when Farr-Kaye missed a par putt. But Farr-Kaye, the 33-year-old sister of late LPGA Tour player Heather Farr, birdied both par-5 holes on the back nine to square the match at the 15th hole.
Farr-Kaye drove into the water on the 345-yard, par-4 16th.
'I knew that I might hit into the water with the driver, but I knew the 3-wood wouldn't go far enough to give me a good approach to the green,' she said.
Her tee shot with the driver bounced into the water hazard. Kung drove safely with her 3-wood and won the hole with a par to go 1-up. After they halved the par-3 17th with pars, Kung won with a 3-foot par putt on the difficult 354-yard 18th.
For Kung, 19, the victory was the high point of two grueling weeks of golf. Kung, runner-up in last week's Women's Western Amateur Championship, played 17 rounds of competitive golf, or 282 holes, in 14 days.
'I thought I was always going to be 'Miss Runner-up,'' said Kung, who also finished second at the 1997 U.S. Girls' Junior.