Ballon, Morgan to square off in California Women's Amateur final
-story courtesy of the California Women's Golf Association

CARMEL, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2014) – Quarterfinal and semifinal matches were contested today in the 48th annual California Women’s Amateur Championship. It appears we will have a NorCal vs. SoCal showdown in tomorrow’s final 18-hole match. Carmen Gutierrez Ballon, a sophomore at Cal Berkeley will pair up against USC sophomore Victoria Morgan.

Gutierrez Ballon made her way to the finals with a morning quarterfinal victory over Texas Christian University player, Alexandara Sborov. The match seesawed on the front nine, but Gutierrez Ballon’s solid 1-under-par back nine sealed the deal taking it 4 & 3.

Her semifinal match-up was against 17-year-old Sydney Babiak of Martinez. Babiak defeated 14-year old Kiran Sangha in the morning quarterfinals 2-up. The Gutierrez-Babiak match was all square after the front nine. Babiak fought back with a birdie at 10 to go 1-up, but Gutierrez Ballon rallied in the end to take it 3 & 2.

Morgan (pictured) garnered her berth to the finals after a close quarterfinal match against Felicia Medalla of Daly City. All square through 7 holes with all pars from both players, the pair traded bogeys at 8 and 9 to again square it up. Medalla took the lead with a win at 11, but gave it back with a bogey at 13. The turning point was an eagle for Morgan to Medalla’s birdie at the par 5 14th. The two parred in to the 18th granting Morgan the 1-up victory.

Northwestern’s Hannah Kim, who in the quarterfinals dispatched of Cal Poly’s Madison Hirsch in a close 1-up victory, battled Morgan in the semifinals. Even par on the front nine with one birdie and one bogey, Morgan was 3-up at the turn. Late round birdies from Kim at 11, 14 and 15 weren’t enough to overcome the rocky start and Morgan sealed the deal with a birdie of her own at 12 and a couple of pars at 16 and 17 to take the match 2 & 1.

The final 18-hole match tomorrow between Carmen Gutierrez Ballon and Victoria Morgan is scheduled for a 7:30 start at the Golf Club at Quail Lodge.

In the Helen Lengfeld flight, 13- year-old Ty Akabane of Danville defeated 15-year-old Hailey White, also of Danville, in a decisive 7 & 6 win and is set to meet Renata Young, a physician’s assistant of Walnut Creek, in the finals. Young made her way to the final match with a 5 & 4 victory over 16-year-old Emma Reyes in the semifinals.

The Helen Lengfeld final match is set to start at 7:40 a.m tomorrow.

ABOUT THE California Women's Amateur

The California Women’s Amateur Championship was founded in 1967 and played at Pebble Beach Golf Links until 1987 when the Championship was invited to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, where the tournament remains to this day.

36-hole stroke play qualifying round, 18 holes each day, to determine 32 players for match play. Prizes will be awarded to the Champion, Runner-up, Semifinalists, Quarterfinalists and the 36-hole Low Gross Medalist from qualifying rounds.

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