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Jennifer Song won the 2009 WAPL with pure precision, hitting 25 of 30 greens and shooting the equivalent of nine under par in her 7-and-6 victory over Kimberly Kim in Saturday's championship match at Red Tail Golf Club. (John Mummert/USGA)


Jennifer Song Wins WAPL Title With 7-And-6 Triumph Over Kimberly Kim

Devens, Mass. – Jennifer Song, 19, of La Cañada, Calif., defeated Kimberly Kim, 17, of Hilo, Hawaii, 7 and 6, on Saturday to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,267-yard, par-72 Red Tail Golf Club.

With the usual match-play concessions, Song was nine under par for the 30 holes of the scheduled 36-hole match. Hitting tee shots in the 250-yard range, she never missed a fairway (23 of 23) and hit 25 of 30 greens in regulation.

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Jennifer Song Has Every Reason To Smile After Winning WAPL Championship

Devens, Mass. – The wide smile that beamed across Jennifer Song’s face could have extended from Red Tail Golf Club back to Korea.

For three years, Song had waited for a moment like this. Through the hardship of losing last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links final to the three-putt double bogey that cost the 19-year-old University of Southern California sophomore the NCAA Division I women’s individual title last month.

All week, Song kept telling herself not to smile until the job was done. She did not want to get too ahead of herself. Just be focused on each shot and hopefully the reward would come.

Notebook: Jennifer Song Gets Rare Chance
At WAPL Redemption

Devens, Mass. – Jennifer Song has a rare chance at redemption. And if history has anything to say about it, she might walk away with the title on Saturday.

On Friday at Red Tail Golf Club, the 19-year-old Song became the sixth player to reach back-to-back finals in the 33-year history of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, and none of the previous five lost two in a row.

Kelly Fuiks (1977-78) and Lori Castillo (1979-80) won the first four titles. Nancy Taylor won in 1982 and lost in ’83. Pearl Sinn reached three consecutive finals from 1987-89, losing the first and taking the next two. Michelle Wie won in 2003 and lost in ’04.

Hughes Puts In Quarter Century Of Dedication To WAPL Championship Committee

Devens, Mass. – Twenty-five years ago, Louise Hughes of Philadelphia, Pa., said, “I will.” Twenty-five years ago, when someone asked for volunteers, Hughes raised her hand. Like every USGA committee member, she’s one of those people who gets things done.

Hughes is a member of the USGA’s Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee. Other committee members are just as dedicated, such as Penny Hunt of Pittsburgh, Pa., who is retiring this year after 28 years, and Sara Wold of Ann Arbor, Mich., who can match Hughes’ 25 years of service.

In Any Language, WAPL Quarterfinal Victory
Sweet For Korean Park

Devens, Mass. – Jisoo Park’s command of the English language is so limited that she relies on her Scottish-born caddie Mark Lamb to field media questions. The smile that splashed across Park’s 14-year-old face late Friday morning, though, bridged any language barrier.

The Daegu, Korea native, who is spending the summer at a golf academy in Beaumont, Calif., never wavered from her gameplan in posting a 1-up win over Cydney Clanton, 19, of Rockwell, N.C., in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at Red Tail Golf Club.

Magic At 18 Continues For Coe In Quarterfinal Win

Devens, Mass. – USGA officials cleverly moved up the tee markers on the 517-yard, par-5 18th hole at Red Tail Golf Club for Friday morning’s quarterfinal matches at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

For most of the competitors, the downhill, dogleg-right hole had been a three-shot hole due to the large pond that protects the right portion of the green.

Late Thursday, Joanna Coe, needing a win to force extra holes in her third-round match with Leanne Bowditch, went for the green in two and registered a clutch birdie, then won the match a hole later. Some 18 hours later, Coe found herself in a similar position against Sydnee Michaels, only this time the match was all square.

Multiple Sclerosis Doesn't Slow Down
WAPL Qualifier Weder

Devens, Mass. – Until a few years ago, Maggie Weder’s golf experience was limited to U.S. Marine “keggers,” where she drove the beer cart and whacked out a few balls.

In 1997, Weder’s persistent ailments were diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis and, oddly, golf then became a key part of her life.

Past U.S. Women's Amateur Champ Kimberly Kim Undergoes Tranformation On, Off Golf Course

Devens, Mass. – Kimberly Kim’s magical summer is a fading memory now. She can barely recall 2006, the year in which she became a child star. The year when she was on top of the amateur world.

In 2006, Kim caused a seismic shift in the record book when she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, capturing the Robert Cox Cup, a trophy engraved with the names of Glenna Collett Vare, Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster. Kim was 14 years old.

The player that her friends called, “Kim Kim,” was refreshing. Braces adorned her teeth. She giggled. She played what she called, “smash-mouth golf.”

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Women's Amateur Public Links

PAR AND YARDAGE - Red Tail Golf Club will play at 6,165/6,267 yards and a par of 36-36—72.

ARCHITECT - Red Tail Golf Club was designed by Brian Silva and opened in 2002.

COURSE SETUP - The USGA Course Rating® for the WAPL Championship at Red Tail Golf Club is 75.7 and USGA Slope Rating® is 134.

Tees, fairways, approaches and collars, height of grass – 0.45-.50 inch

Putting greens, height of grass – 0.120 inch with a speed of 10.5-11 feet on USGA Stimpmeter

Intermediate Rough – 1.25 inches

Graduated Rough – 3.5 inches

ADMISSION - Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.


Monday, June 22 — First round, stroke play (18 holes)
Tuesday, June 23 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes)
Wednesday, June 24 — First round, match play (18 holes)
Thursday, June 25 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
Friday, June 26 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
Saturday, June 27 — Final, match play (36 holes)


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