Station, N.J. – Kyung Kim has a 1-up
lead over Ashlan Ramsey midway through the scheduled 36-hole final of the 2012
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,221-yard, par-72 Neshanic
Valley Golf Course.
Kim, 18, of Chandler, Ariz., and Ramsey, 16, of Milledgeville, Ga.,
combined for 11 birdies through the first 18 holes of their match.
After a slow start, the match became
everything a match-play final should be. Kim
was 1 up after four holes before Ramsey birdied the
sixth and seventh and matched Kim’s
birdie at the ninth to take a 1-up lead.
when Kim turned on the burners with
three straight birds.
both players birdied the par-5 ninth, Kim
made her run, starting with a 40-foot birdie putt on the 10th, to sail into a
Ramsey and Kim had both
declared a strategy of “fairways and greens” but their encounter took on a more
dramatic shape. Rain late on Friday softened the greens a bit and both players were
firing at the flagsticks.
Kim and Ramsey
birdied the par-5 14th hole and the margin remained. When Kim
suffered a bogey on the 15th, Ramsey edged closer
with a par, putting Kim 1 up.
of the birdie putts were in the 12 to 15-foot range. With the usual match-play
concessions, Kim was four under par,
and Ramsey three under, after a smattering of
recent memory, the most birdies in a 36-hole USGA women’s final came in the 2001
U.S. Women’s Amateur. Meredith Duncan, of Shreveport, La., and Nicole Perrot,
of Chile combined for 20
birdies, 10 each, before Duncan won on the 37th hole.
players will resume the match at 12:25 p.m.
Rhonda Glenn is a manager
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