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Canada's Henderson advances in US Women's Amateur

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm •  Published: August 8, 2014
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GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) — Canadian teen Brooke Mackenzie Henderson advanced to the U.S. Women's Amateur semifinals Friday, beating UCLA's Alison Lee 1 up at Nassau Country Club.

The 16-year-old Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. Women's Open, ended the match with a par halve on the par-4 18th. After Henderson won the par-3 16th with a par to take a 2-up lead, the 19-year-old Lee, from Valencia, California, cut it to one with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th.

"That was my first match this week to (reach) 18," Henderson said. "Hopefully, the next couple days if I'm up, they finish early, and if I'm down, then we go all the way."

Henderson, from Smith Falls, Ontario, is trying to become the third Canadian winner in tournament history, following Marlene Stewart in 1956 and Cathy Sherk in 1978.

Henderson will face 16-year-old Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, a 5-and-4 winner over 21-year-old former Pepperdine player Grace Na of Alameda, California.

"I told myself I can't lose," O'Sullivan said. "I just kept pushing."

In the other semifinal, 16-year-old Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, will play 15-year-old Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California. Gillman rallied to beat 18-year-old Su-Hyun Oh of Australia in 20 holes, and Andrea Lee topped 14-year-old Eunjeong Seong of South Korea 2 and 1.

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