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Ha Edges Sirene Blair in USGA Women’s Public Links Quarterfinals
By Christina Lance, USGA July 18, 2014
DUPONT, Wash. – Cindy Ha, Fumie Alice Jo, Eun Jeong Seong and Alana Uriell have reached the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, being conducted at The Home Course.
In the quarterfinals, Ha, 17, of Demarest, N.J., continued her smooth play at the 6,169-yard, par-72 course. Her birdie at the par-4 second hole gave her a 1-up lead over Sirene Blair, 19, of South Jordan, Utah, and she stretched the advantage to 3 up through eight holes.
However, Blair battled back, winning the ninth hole and then capitalizing when Ha sent her tee shot out of bounds at the 10th.
But Ha was not to be stopped. She won the par-3 14th to go 2 up, and her birdie at the par-5 16th gave her the 3-and-2 victory.
“I feel comfortable and confident,” said Ha, a member of New Jersey’s winning team at the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship. “Nothing is rattling me. Even if I lose a hole, I stay calm throughout the round.”
Seong, 14, of the Republic of Korea, had trailed early in her three previous matches. Her quarterfinal match with 2013 WAPL runner-up Doris Chen, 21, of Bradenton, Fla., however, was a different story. Seong birdied the par-4 first hole to take an immediate lead over Chen, one that she never relinquished.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Sirene Blair advances to Quarterfinals of WAPL
Sirene Blair, of South Jordan, advanced to the quarterfinals of the USGA Women’s Public Links Championship with two match play victories Thursday at The Home Course in Dupont, Washington. In the Round of 32 she defeated Maddie Szeryk, 3 and 1, and in the Round of 16 she defeated Soobin Kim of Korea, 3 and 1. Friday she plays Cindy Ha of Demarest, New Jersey.
Blair led her Bingham Miner golf team to three straight Utah high school championships. She is now playing outstanding golf at San Diego State.
Brandon Kida, playing in the USGA Men’s Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station in Kansas, won his first round match, but lost in the Round of 32 to Doug Ghim of Illinois, 4 and 3. Kida plays at the University of Utah and is from Layton.
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