FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cindy Ha beat qualifying medalist Angel Yin 2 and 1 on Thursday at Forest Highlands to reach the U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinals.
After a delay for lightning at the Meadow Course, the 17-year-old Ha won the par-4 15th with a 25-foot birdie putt and the par-4 16th with a par to take a 2-up lead and finished off the long-hitting Yin with a par for a halve on the par-3 17th.
"I thought, cruise it down there, get it to a tap-in putt and it just happened to go it," Ha said about the long putt on No. 15. "I just got that momentum."
Ha, a Vanderbilt recruit from Demarest, New Jersey, set up the third-round match with a 19-hole victory over Yealimi Noh of Concord, California in the morning session. The 15-year-old Yin, from Arcadia, California, beat Bailey Tardy of Norcross, Georgia, 1 up.
"I've never been so nervous in my life," Ha said before facing Yin. "She hits the ball a mile and seeing her swing, it kind of intimidates you a little."
Ha, a semifinalist last week in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Washington, will face Brigitte Dunne of Camarillo, California. Dunne beat Mary Janiga of Wellington, Florida, 4 and 3.
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