Jennifer Song defeats Kimberly Kim to win Womens Public Links


USGADEVENS, Mass. ' Jennifer Song defeated Kimberly Kim, 7 and 6, on Saturday to win the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links at Red Tail Golf Club.
With the usual match-play concessions, Song was 9 under par for the 30 holes of the scheduled 36-hole championship match. Hitting tee shots in the 250-yard range, she never missed a fairway (23 of 23) and hit 25 of 30 greens in regulation.
Song, 19, and a sophomore business major at the University of Southern California, said it was the best golf she has played in competition. The margin of victory was the largest in the 33-year history of the WAPL.
Today I was super hot, said Song. I cant believe I made a bunch of birdies, and some of the putts were really hard. The speed was really crucial and I didnt expect to make them. I just said, Jen, get the speed right, and Ill be very happy. They just dropped in and Im so grateful.
No putt showed more skill than the downhill, right-breaking 12-footer that she made for birdie at the 25th hole to go 7 up.
At that point I thought, OK, youve got it, so dont change yourself. Stay in this attitude you had this whole week, said Song.
Song made 10 birdies and just two were conceded, an 18-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole and a tap-in on the 26th hole. She made only one bogey in the match (the ninth hole of the morning 18).
Kim, 17, in 2006 became the youngest winner of the U.S. Womens Amateur at the age of 14. In that final match she was five holes down after the morning 18 to Katharina Schallenberg, the same margin by which she was down after 18 holes in Saturdays WAPL final. But this time, Kim could not rally.
She was 1 under par, with the usual match-play concessions, with five birdies and four bogeys.
I really tried hard to focus on my game, because she was having such a hot day, said Kim, who also was the runner-up to Tiffany Joh in the 2006 WAPL final.
This was Songs first national championship. She was runner-up in the NCAA Division I Womens Championship last month and runner-up in this championship last year. She will next play at the U.S. Womens Open, which begins July 9 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.