U.S. GIRLS' JUNIOR
Interview: 68th U.S. Girls' Junior Champion Eun Jeong Seong July 23, 2016 | Paramus, N.J.

Q. Two years in a row you are the champion. Congratulations.

EUN JEONG SEONG: Thank you.

Q. Probably it's tough for you to understand that this is such a difficult thing to do, that the last time this happened was Hollis Stacy in 1971, 45 years ago.

EUN JEONG SEONG: 1971?

Q. That was the last time somebody won two years in a row.

EUN JEONG SEONG: My mom born in '71.

Q. Like I said, it's a long time ago, but 45 years, to have that happen and you be the person who did it, what does that mean to you?

EUN JEONG SEONG: A little bit different feel, rough year, because rough year, it's a little bit hard, and my mind is also hard, tired. But this year I trust me today, and I have confidence. But this morning so hard because I was losing 5 down, but it's okay because I have a lot of holes, and twice tie.

Q. Do you know who Hollis Stacy is?

EUN JEONG SEONG: No.

Q. Three-time Women's Open champion.

EUN JEONG SEONG: Oh.

Q. She won three Women's Opens in a row, too.

EUN JEONG SEONG: I can't following her.

Q. When you were 5-down, you said you trusted me. Did you trust you when you were 5-down still?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, but after this morning, after hole No. 10, I want to make just 2-down. I need 3-up. But I was losing 3-down after 18 holes.

But back nine, was good feel my shot and putt. That's why I can make front nine, that I can do it after back nine.

Q. On your swing were you hitting shots to the right a lot early?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. Did you adjust something? It seemed like especially off the drives, right, a lot to the right?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. That was trouble for you early, right?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Every tournament I think about my swing just one point. This tournament is going top, and I need to go left side and hit. But sometimes timing is so bad, like the arm is come in, and I hit right side. But it's okay because I have 36 holes, and here not so many out of bounds. I can get up-and-down.

Q. You could recover well?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. And also being 5 down, you knew 36 holes, that's a long day. You seemed to get into a flow later in the round, especially in the afternoon. Were you feeling really confident in the afternoon?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, because she had four birdies in the morning on the front nine. She's parring, her iron shots is so best. That's why I think about that because every hole is different, and every morning and afternoon is different. I can make up because she used to birdies in the morning, but I don't have birdies.

Q. Your turn was coming?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. On No. 12, how far away were you?

EUN JEONG SEONG: The pin is 42.

Q. And what club did you use?

EUN JEONG SEONG: 60.

Q. How surprised were you that you made it?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, right between the fairway and rough, too hard. Just I think about just on the green, please. Go in the hole.

Q. How important was that in terms of giving you momentum?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, hole No. 12 is I think very important because partner is like, what's this, can't focus. That's why I can make 13 and 14. She shot mistakes.

Q. How long was the putt on 16, the winning putt?

EUN JEONG SEONG: 13 yards.

Q. So birdie-eagle-birdie, and the par that won because she missed the putt, right?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. You were getting stronger as the day went on?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. Confidence and feeling not fatigued?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, confident because after hole No. 10, she missed at hole No. 9, she don't have confidence, I think, because every short putt she missed. My condition is a little bit -- that's why I'm confident in hole No. 11. But 12 I missed a driver, but I can make it. I'm really confident.

Q. Andrea is a good friend?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, good friend.

Q. How does it feel to have competed against a good friend? It was a friendly match.

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, maybe 2014 US Women's Amateur, same final I played with Andrea Lee, but I was losing because her putting is so best, and her course management is best. That's why she can a lot of wins. But today I know she plays -- I know I can win her because I losing before.

Q. She beat you 2 & 1, I think in the Amateur?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. But that was a good match, too?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. One win apiece now?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. Would you rather have this one?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah.

Q. You stayed with Cindy Ha this week?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yes.

Q. How do you know her?

EUN JEONG SEONG: She played this year U.S. Open. 2014 I met Cindy in PubLinks, and Girls' Junior I met Andrea Lee and Robin. We eat together because I speak English more bad. I can't register; they helped me.

Q. You got to be good friends?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yes.

Q. How nice was it staying with her this week?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, because I can eat Korean food, and better than hotel.

Q. Two in a row; do you think you have another chance next year?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Uh-huh.

Q. What do you think?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Just probably try again.

Q. Are you tired right now?

EUN JEONG SEONG: I'm tired, but I'm good. I feel good.

Q. Good tired?

EUN JEONG SEONG: Yeah, good tired.

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