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Seong, Jo to meet in Women's Publinx final
DuPont, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stroke-play medalist Eun Jeong Seong and Fumie Jo each won a pair of matches on Friday to advance to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Seong, who is just 14 years old and set a stroke-play record earlier in the week, defeated Doris Chen, 1-up, in the quarterfinals before downing Alana Uriell by the same margin in the semifinals.
Jo, meanwhile, earned a 3 & 2 decision over Dominique Galloway in the quarterfinals and topped Cindy Ha with a 1-up win in the semifinals.
The 36-hole final will start at 11:00 a.m. ET Saturday.
Seong never trailed against Chen, opening the match with a birdie at the first to claim a 1-up advantage.
A par at the sixth increased Seong's lead to 2-up, and she was able to counter wins by Chen at the ninth and 12th with a birdie at the 10th and a par at the 13th to maintain that advantage with five holes to play.
Chen again cut her deficit to 1-down with a birdie at the 15th, but she could not even the match and the duo traded pars over the final three holes to hand Seong the victory.
Seong birdied the first against Uriell to quickly go 1-up, but Uriell answered with a birdie at the third to square the match. The duo again traded wins at the fourth and seventh to keep the match even at the turn.
Seong then birdied the 11th to go ahead for good and maintained that 1-up lead through the final seven holes to claim the win.
Jo opened her match against Galloway with a birdie at the first to claim a 1- up lead, but Galloway answered with a birdie at the third to square the match.
The rest of the match belonged to Jo, however, as she took the fourth, seventh, 12th and 14th holes to gain a 4-up advantage.
Galloway gained some life with a par at the 15th, but they both parred the 16th to hand Jo the 3 & 2 decision.
Jo parred the first against Ha to claim a 1-up lead, but Ha responded with back-to-back birdies at the second and third to hand Jo her first deficit of the day.
Jo battled back with pars at the sixth and seventh to take a 1-up lead, and after Ha evened the match with a birdie at the 10th, Jo ran off three straight wins from the 11th to claim a 3-up lead.
Ha would battle back to even the match heading into the 18th hole, where Jo rolled in her birdie effort to claim her spot in the final.
07/18 22:16:03 ET
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