CHARLOTTE, N.C. – American teenagers Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda ousted their Canadian opponents Saturday in the U.S. Women’s Amateur to advance to the final at Charlotte Country Club.
Kang edged Jennifer Kirby 1 up on the par-72, 6,559-yard layout on muggy day, though with a slight dip in temperatures from earlier in the week.
Kang put putting woes from a match the day before against Sydnee Michaels behind her late in her semifinal, winning on No. 18.
“Yesterday was yesterday,” said Kang, who attends Pepperdine University. “I just told myself to stay confident.”
Kang, stroke-play medalist in this event last year, has kept her calm demeanor for most of this tournament, which began with 156 golfers on Monday.
Unlike Korda, Kang’s not publicly contemplating turning pro soon. The carefree approach has resulted in calm, confident golf.
“No expectations,” Kang said. “Just go play.”
Korda, daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda – who caddies for her – said she’ll attend Q-school. That decision has had little outward affect on her game, especially in match play, during which she’s closed out her opponent before the 16th hole each time but once.
“Every day is different,” Korda said. “The course isn’t the same every day.”
Kirby and Sherlock, both of whom have won Canadian Amateur titles, came up short in their bid to give their native country its first U.S. Women’s title in 32 years.
Both Kang and Korda will seek their first US. Women’s open title. The final will be 36 holes on Sunday.