The 19-year-old standout from Taiwan continued that good form on Sunday, defeating Missy Farr-Kaye 2-up to win the coveted title.
It feels great, exclaimed Kung. You just have to keep fighting in match play. Anything can happen.
On Sunday, that was generally the mood ' anything could have happened.
Through 10 holes at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Kung had opened a two-shot lead over Farr-Kaye, after the 33-year-old resident of Scottsdale, Ariz. had missed a par attempt on the 10th.
Not to be undone, however, Farr-Kaye responded in nice form, birdying both par-5 holes on the backside to bring the match back to All Square.
Just then, on the par-4 16th, Farr-Kaye selected a driver off the tee and promptly plunked her ball into a water hazard. She would lose the hole and go 1-down.
I knew that I might hit into the water with the driver, but I knew the 3-wood wouldnt go far enough to give me a good approach to the green, she claimed.
She never recovered, and after she failed to make par at the closing 18th, her fate was sealed with a two-hole defeat.
Farr-Kaye, a breast cancer survivor and mother of two, was attempting to follow in her late sisters footsteps, Heather Farr ' who died incidentally of breast cancer ' and win the same championship that she had garnished in 1984.
She was also looking to become the first player over the age of 22 to win the event.
For Kung, the qualifying medallist of the championship, the win follows a series of second-place finishes. She finished second at the Womens Western Amateur, and the 97 U.S. Girls Junior.
Said the newly-crowned champion: I thought I was always going to be Miss Runner-Up.
The Womens Amateur Public Links Championship was in its 25th season this year. It is one of 13 events hosted annually by the USGA, ten of which are strictly designated for non-professionals.
Candie Kung, Taiwan (141) def. Missy Farr-Kaye, Scottsdale, Ariz. (150), 2-up.