Delasin Wins Women’s Amateur Golf
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Dorothy Delasin won the 99th U.S. Women’s Amateur in wire-to-wire fashion Saturday, shooting 5-under-par in her opening nine holes to cruise to a 4 and 3 victory over Jimin Kang.
Kang, 19, was attempting to become the third straight foreign-born winner of the Amateur, but Delasin got off to a fast start in their scheduled 36-hole final match and was never really threatened by the Korean.
Delasin was unemotional and methodical all week, but broke down when her father and caddie, Sonny Delasin, ran onto the 15th green yelling and hoisted her high into the air with a big bear hug after her victory.
Delasin, 18, of Daly City Calif., became only the fifth player to win both the Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior. Kelli Kuehne (1995), Pat Hurst (’90), JoAnne Carner (’57) and Patricia Lesser (’55) also accomplished the feat. Kuehne and Carner won the Amateur more than once.
Delasin led by two holes after the morning 18 and immediately went 3-up with a birdie on the 19th hole at the 6,202-yard Biltmore Forest Country Club.
Kang had a chance to cut into the lead three holes later, but missed a 4-footer to halve the hole. Then Kang fell apart with two straight 6s, four-putting the 345-yard No. 6 hole and bogeying the par-5 seventh as Delasin went 5-up.
Kang rebounded a hole later when she stuck her approach shot within 3 feet for a birdie. But Delasin took advantage of a read off Kang’s birdie attempt she left inches short on the par-3 ninth, sinking a 15-footer to increase the lead to five again after 27 holes.
Delasin finished with a front-side 2-under 34, making her 9-under over her final 27 holes on that nine. Kang never got closer then 4-down the rest of the way.
There was a rather light moment to break the tension on the very first hole of the match. Kang’s caddie, her mother Eunhae Kang, pulled the entire cup out of the ground with the pin on her daughter’s long putt.
Kang, who had trailed only once in 79 previous holes spanning five matches, ended up three-putting the hole to fall one behind early.
Delasin then got on a roll, stringing together five birdies over the next seven holes to close the front side with a 5-under 31 and a 3-up lead.
Kang, who now lives in Edmonds, Wash., had quite a front nine herself, following up a birdie on No. 6 with a chip-in eagle on the next hole. But she couldn’t chip away at the hot-putting Delasin, who ended up with seven birdies and two bogeys in the opening 18 holes for a 67 to head into the afternoon 2-up.
Grace Park of Korea won last year and Italy’s Silvia Cavalleri took the crown in 1997.