Kendall Griffin (left) and Athena Yang
BANDON, Ore. — One of two first-round leaders, Florida junior golfers Athena Yang and Kendall Griffin, shot 11-under at Pacific Dunes in Bandon to medal at the inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball. Robynn Ree and Hannah O"Sullivan took second place, shooting 68 on Sunday.
“It feels amazing to make history as the first medalists,” Griffin told the USGA. “Coming into the first day, we just wanted to make the cut – that was our first goal. Now we’re just thinking about taking one fairway at a time.”
The runner-up team, also consisting of junior golfers, were on a nice roll on the front side, shooting four-under par 33, but made all pars coming in. Ree and O'Sullivan will be future teammates at USC, when O'Sullivan enrolls in 2016.
Sullivan made headlines earlier this year when she became the first amateur to win a Symetra Tour event since 1999, and the youngest since 1995.
The stroke-play cut came at two-over 146, which created a three-for-two playoff to determine the final match-play spot. Lynn Thompson drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole to advance with her partner Janie Klare.
The final spot went to Carol Robertson and Corrie Myers after Robertson stuffed her approach shot on the ninth hole, eventually making her five-footer, eliminating Dani Mullin and Ellen Oswald.
The 32 qualifying teams will begin match play Monday at Pacific Dunes. Starting on Tuesday, live coverage of the event will be able to be seen on Fox Sports 1, with coverage kicking off both days at 4 p.m. PDT.
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ABOUT THE U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball
The U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, the
newest USGA championship, was played for
the first time in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf
Resort in Bandon, Oregon. It immediately became
of the USGA's most popular tournaments. The event,
no age restriction, is open to those women
a Handicap Index of 14.4 or lower. It is one
14 national championships conducted annually
the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for
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