Song Wins U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship
June 27, 2009
USC's Jennifer Song, a 2009 All-American first teamer and NCAA Freshman of the Year, cruised to victory at the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Saturday at the Red Tail G.C. in Devens, Mass.
Song defeated Kimberly Kim, 7 and 6, in the 36-hole event.
'Today I was super hot. I can't believe I made a bunch of birdies, and some of the putts were really hard,' Song stated. 'The speed was really crucial and I didn't expect to make them.'
Song, the runner-up last year, collected her first USGA title and her 7 & 6 win was the largest margin of victory in the championship's 33-year history.
'I think it was my best round of golf,' said Song. 'I think I shot under par, even though it was match play. But I was out there and whenever I was on the green, I just told myself, if you can see it, it's going to go in.'
Tied after six holes, Song took a lead she would never relinquish on the seventh hole with a par and a birdie on eight. Kim would get no closer than one hole again. Song led 5-up halfway through the final match and clinched the match with a halved 30th hole.
She hit 25 of 30 greens and 23 of 23 fairways. She was the equivalent of nine under par, with match-play concessions, and recorded just one bogey in 30 holes.
This was Song's first national championship. She was runner-up at the 2009 NCAA Championship in May.
Said USC Head Coach Andrea Gaston: 'I believe all of Jennifer's runner-up finishes late in the spring season gave her the impetus to win convincingly. She has worked extremely hard and remained very patient. She deserves this victory.'
She will next play at the U.S. Women's Open, which begins July 9 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Penn.