U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR FOUR-BALL
May 31, 2017 | MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.
Sides in the 3rd U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship who prevailed in their semifinal matches on Wednesday morning at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club had little time to bask in the glory of their triumphs. The tandems had time to grab lunch and hit a few practice putts before refocusing for the championship match on Wednesday afternoon. But before they teed off, the USGA communications staff got a few comments from some of the victors:
Taylor Totland and Alice Chen def. Jennifer Chang and Gina Kim, 3 and 2
Totland and Chen on game plan in final:
Totland: "I don't know, what we're doing right now is obviously working."
Chen: "Just take it one shot at a time. I think this has really taught me to love match play. It's just been so much fun to be able to be aggressive and have someone have your back at the same time, and we do a really good job of that. So we're just covering each other really well, and it's definitely such a team effort. A lot of pars, a lot of birdies.
Chang: "This was a great learning experience. We had to learn to be patient in tough conditions. They got off to a great start and we had to try to catch up and took more chances that we should have.
"This championship requires a lot of patience and we will be prepared for the next match-play event we enter. I don’t like to lose, but match play is really fun. I am so proud of how we played and glad we made it this far. I can’t wait until next year."
Kim: "We got a big lesson in match play today. We are big fans of match play now. We have learned so much from this week and we are looking for the next chance to play it.
"This championship requires so much endurance. We were really tired, but were hoping to play 36 holes again today."
Sammi Lee and Marry Ellen Shuman def. Kathleen Gallagher and Kendall Griffin, 2 and 1
On making it to the championship match in their first USGA championship appearance:
Lee: "It's pretty insane. It hasn't really sunk in. You're just out there trying to, like we said yesterday, grind it out."
Shuman: "Eighteen more holes. Just play like we've been playing the whole time."
On Chen and Totland:
Shuman: "No pressure. It's just fun. We know Alice and Taylor, and it'll be fun. My brother went to Furman, so I've known them since I've been in college."
Lee: "It'll be a good match."
Gallagher: "I’ve had so much fun, being her with her, my brother, my mom and her parents. "We stayed in the same condo. That’s what made the week so much more enjoyable. Yeah, we played some good golf, but just hanging out, eating some good food."
Griffin: "We played alright. We some good opportunities to make some putts but they just didn’t fall like they have been. They played great. It was fun. It was a good fight."