Incoming Freshman Johnson Qualifies for Final of U.S. Women's Amateur
Aug. 8, 2009
Incoming Arizona State University freshman golfer Jennifer Johnson has qualified for the finals of the 109th U.S. Women's Amateur. The 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur is being played at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. The final will be a Pac-10 showdown, as Johnson will compete against USC's Jennifer Song. Johnson has yet to trail in a match this week.
If Johnson wins, it will be the ninth time a Sun Devil has won the U.S. Women's Am. The last Sun Devil to do so was Grace Park in 1998. Wendy Ward (1994), Amy Fruhwirth (1991), Pearl Sinn (1988) and Joanne Gunderson-Carner (1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968) are also Sun Devil U.S. Am Champions. The last Sun Devil finalist was Azahara Munoz who finished runner-up at last year's U.S. Amateur.
Johnson, who is ranked sixth in junior rankings, bested No. 2 ranked amateur Alexis Thompson in an epic battle that went down to the very last hole. Johnson jumped onto a quick lead on Thompson by taking advantage of Thompson's early bogey. Thompson returned the favor and the two were squared up by the sixth hole. A birdie on the eighth hole gave Johnson a lead that she never relinquished. Johnson led as much as 3-up at one point but Thompson turned it on the last three holes. The future Sun Devil kept her composure and maintained her lead to win 1-up.
The final will go for 36-holes. The first round begins at 7:30 a.m. CT.