Henderson, Gillman to battle for Women's Am title

Glen Cove, NY ( - Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and Kristen Gillman won their semifinal matches on Saturday and advanced to Sunday's final at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Henderson, who was the low amateur at this year's U.S. Women's Open, fended off Hannah O'Sullivan, 1-up, at Nassau Country Club.

Meanwhile, Gillman cruised to a 4 & 3 win over Andrea Lee.

O'Sullivan led the entire front nine after she took the first with a par. She also won the second, but Henderson birdied No. 3 to get back within 1-down.

The match remained that way until the 10th, as they halved six holes in a row. Henderson, the second-ranked women's amateur in the world, parred No. 10 to square the match. She grabbed her first lead of the match with a birdie on the 14th.

Over the final four holes, Henderson and O'Sullivan matched three pars and a bogey to give Henderson a spot in the finals.

Gillman and Lee were in a tight battle through nine holes. They halved the first five holes before Gillman stumbled to a bogey on the sixth to fall 1- down. Lee then bogeyed the seventh to square things up.

After they halved No. 8 with pars, Gillman won four in a row from the ninth, all with pars. Lee stopped the bleeding as she birdied the 13th to get within 3-down with five to go.

Gillman, who won the 2014 Junior PGA Championship by a remarkable 11 strokes, answered with a birdie of her own on No. 14 and the match was over one hole later as they halved the par-5 15th with pars.

The final match will pit a pair of 16-year-olds against one another. Gillman was born 17 days before her Canadian counterpart.

08/09 14:39:36 ET

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