Doris Chen Heads to U.S. Women's Am Public Links Championship|
June 21, 2013
Norman, Okla. - Rising junior Doris Chen earned victories in quarterfinal and semifinal match play on Friday to advance to Saturday's 36-hole championship match of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
In tomorrow's championship match Chen will face off against Virginia freshman Lauren Diaz-Yi in the finals. The two were co-medalists earlier this week in the 36-hole stroke-play portion, where they both finished 8-under 136.
In the quarterfinals, Chen defeated University of Oklahoma senior Anne-Catherine Tanguay in 19 holes. The match was a thriller, as Chen trailed the entire way until forcing the 19th hole. Tanguay went 1-up on the 11th hole, as she converted a birdie putt. The match remained that way until the par-5 18th hole, with Chen staying alive on No. 17 by holing a par putt. Chen then forced an extra hole by taking No. 18. For Chen, it was her third consecutive match that went the distance, and second in a row going 19 holes.
In the following semifinals, Chen easily dispatched Oklahoma State sophomore Julie Yang, 5 and 4. She won five of the first six holes, two with birdies to grab a 5-up lead. After losing the seventh hole by bogey, she tallied back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 to put her comfortably in command.
Chen, who won the 2010 U.S. Girls' Junior championship, is trying to become just the third player to win the U.S. Girls' Junior title and the WAPL. That would put her in the company of Lori Castillo and the late Heather Farr.
Chen's opponent in the championship match, Diaz-Yi has only had one of her five matches so far go beyond the 16th hole. In her semifinal victory over Raychelle Santos, she never trailed and won 4 and 3.
Incoming USC freshman Karen Chungalso competed in the quarterfinals, but she fell to Yang, 2 and 1, preventing an all-USC matchup in the semifinals. Chung held a lead through the first 11 holes, but Yang came through to win three consecutive holes from No. 12 to set up her semifinal match with Chen.
Winning the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links trophy would add to Chen's already magical year, as she helped the Trojans win the NCAA team title last month.