DUPONT, Wash. – Fumie (Alice) Jo holds a 2-up lead over Eun Jeong Seong following the morning round of the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, being conducted at The Home Course.
After halving the opening two holes with pars, Jo, 15, of the People’s Republic of China, moved ahead with a birdie at the par-4 third hole. She added to her advantage when Seong, 14, of the Republic of Korea, three-putted for bogey at the par-3 fourth.
Seong immediately struck back, holing a 15-foot birdie at the par-5 fifth and squaring the match with a two-putt par from 12 feet at the par-3 sixth.
Jo took over from there. After Seong converted a 7-foot par at the par-4 seventh, Jo dropped a 6-foot birdie on top of her to go 1 up. Seong’s poor drive into the fescue at No. 8 lead to a bogey, and Jo went 2 up with a two-putt par from 20 feet.
Seong had a prime chance to cut the deficit at No. 9 after Jo missed a 20-foot birdie putt. But her 15-footer for birdie circled the cup and rimmed out.
Jo took her first 3-up lead at No. 11, stuffing her wedge approach to 3 feet and making birdie. Her bogey at the par-4 12th after coming up short of the green dropped her lead to two. However, Seong was forced to concede the par-3 14th after her drive found the water behind the green and Jo stuck her tee shot to 6 feet.
Jo’s lead fell to 2 up after her drive at the par-4 18th found a fairway bunker. She made the green in three, but her 40-foot par attempt came up just short. Seong’s 30-foot birdie putt just skimmed the right side of the hole, and her par was conceded.
The afternoon round of the 38th and final U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship will begin at 12:50 p.m. PDT.
Christina Lance is the assistant manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email her at email@example.com