PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Angel Yin shot a 5-under 67 on Tuesday to share medalist honors with Jennifer Hahn in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club.
They topped the 64 qualifiers for match play.
The 16-year-old Yin, from Arcadia, California, had seven birdies and two bogeys to match Hahn at 6-under 138. Yin lost to Eun Jeong Seong last month in the U.S. Girls’ Junior final in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Confidence. Maybe momentum,” Yin said. “I didn’t play golf for three days after I went back home (from the Girls’ Junior), so I took a break, which is good.”
The 21-year Hahn, from Henderson, Nevada, had a 70. She’ll be a senior at Vanderbilt.
“Staying patient was a big factor,” Hahn said. “Ball-striking wasn’t as good as yesterday. I was kind of crooked off the tee, found myself in the rough a lot, hitting punch shots, but I gave myself the best chances to save or get up and down for par.”
Nelly Korda of Bradenton, Florida, broke the women’s course record with a 66 to tie for third with Australia’s Hannah Green at 5 under. The 17-year-old Korda, sister of LPGA Tour player Jessica Korda and daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, birdied eight of the first 14 holes, but dropped strokes on her 16th and 17th holes.
“It was amazing,” Korda said. “I’ve never been 8 under par, the lowest score (I’ve ever) shot was 7 under. To come one short of it is kind of a little sad, but I’m happy with how I played.”
Petr Korda caddied for his daughter.
The 18-year-old Green had a 68.
Defending champion Kristen Gillman, 17, of Austin, Texas, tied for ninth at 2 under after a 71.
The 15-year-old Seong, from South Korea, tied for 22nd at even par after a 70.
Ellen Port, the oldest player in the field at 53, failed to qualify. The 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, from St. Louis, followed her opening 77 with a 72. The youngest, 14-year-old Anne Chen of Sugar Land, Texas, also dropped out. She shot 82-78.
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