WAYNE, Ind. – Megan Khang, Gabriella Then, Lakareber Abe and Bethany Wu have
reached the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being
conducted at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
and Then notched 1-up victories over Sabrina Bonanno and Yueer Feng,
respectively. Abe eliminated Kathleen Scavo, 4 and 3, while her afternoon
opponent, Wu, knocked off Casie Cathrea by the same 4-and-3 margin. None of the
victors ever trailed in their matches.
doesn’t mean the outcomes were ever in doubt. Khang, 15, of Rockland, Mass., was
never able to extend to more than a 2-up lead.
it more complicated than it had to be,” said Khang, who is competing in her
fifth U.S. Girls’ Junior. “A few three-putts caused me to lose a hole, which
regardless of how she got there, reaching the semis for the first time in five
tries was enough to bring a smile to Khang’s face.
awesome,” she said. “I'm hoping for good things.”
of Upland, Calif., is competing in her final Girls’ Junior before joining the University
of Southern California women’s golf team in the fall. Today’s victory served as
a redemption of sorts for the 17-year-old, who lost to Feng in the first round
of the 2012 Girls’ Junior at Lake Merced Golf Club outside of San Francisco.
what type of player she is,” said Then of her opponent. “I knew it was going to
match came down to the 18th green where Then, holding a 1-up lead, faced a long
birdie attempt to take the outright win.
nervous, but thinking this is any other putt,” said Then, who, along with Feng,
competed in last month’s U.S. Women’s Open. “I know the line, just hit it.”
birdie putt stopped just a few feet short. But Feng was unable to hole out from
the greenside bunker and conceded Then’s putt, sealing her 1-up victory.
17, showed seemingly no struggles in her victory over Scavo, at one point
holding a 5-up advantage. The Texan’s hole-out for eagle at the par-4 ninth
sparked a roar from the small gallery following the match.
really turned the match around for me,” said Abe, who will attend the
University of Alabama in the fall of 2014. “It was a really good shot and put
me into a more comfortable position going into the back nine.”
showed no difficulties in her match with arguably the morning’s most daunting
opponent, 2013 U.S. Women’s Open low amateur Cathrea. The 16-year-old from
Diamond Bar, Calif., took the lead with a birdie at the par-5 second and never
looked back, building a 6-up lead through 10 holes.
sparked a small charge with a birdie at the par-4 11th and an eagle at the
par-5 12th. But Wu, competing in her second Girls’ Junior, knew she still had
tried to stay calm and tie every hole, not put too much pressure on myself,”
said Wu, who has verbally committed to attend UCLA in the fall of 2015. That
plan worked, as Wu and Cathrea halved holes 13-15 to give Wu the 4-and-3
Junior winner and runner-up will earn exemptions into next month’s U.S. Women’s
Amateur Championship. Abe and Khang have already qualified for the championship,
while Then and Wu did not advance through sectional qualifying. Khang, at 15
the only remaining player with age eligibility, has earned a two-year exemption
into the Girls’ Junior for reaching the semifinals.
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Results from Friday morning’s
quarterfinal round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship,
conducted at the 6,312-yard, par-72 Sycamore Hills Golf Club:
Khang, Rockland, Mass. (151) def. Sabrina Bonanno, Norridge, Ill. (149), 1 up
Then, Upland, Calif. (152) def. Yueer Feng, Orlando, Fla. (141), 1 up
Abe, Angleton, Texas (146) def. Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (142), 4 and 3
Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (148) def. Casie
Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (153), 4 and 3
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Pairings and
starting times for Friday afternoon’s semifinal round of match play at the 2013
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, conducted at the 6,312-yard, par-72 Sycamore
Hills Golf Club (All times EDT):
p.m. – Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (151) vs. Gabriella Then, Upland, Calif. (152)
p.m. – Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas (146) vs. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif.