Kristen Gillman wins US Women's Amateur

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm •  Published: August 10, 2014
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GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) — Kristen Gillman rallied to win the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday, beating Canada's Brooke Mackenzie Henderson 2 up in the 36-hole final at Nassau Country Club.

"I don't think it's sunk in yet, but it's just awesome," Gillman said.

The 16-year-old Gillman, from Austin, Texas, lost the 25th and 26th to fall 3 down. She won the short, par-4 27th with a birdie, cut it to 1 down with a birdie win on the par-4 30th and pulled even with another birdie win on the par-4 32nd.

"I just keep fighting because I didn't want to leave here without the ultimate prize," Gillman said. "I just kept fighting."

Gillman took the lead with a birdie win on the par-5 33rd, matched the 16-year-old Henderson with pars on the 34th and 35th holes and took the par-4 18th with a birdie after hitting a 9-iron to 3 feet.

"Ball-striking has always been a strength," Gillman said. "I mean, I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens, and then throughout the last year my ball-striking has gone a lot better, and I've just been able to hit it closer to where I can make the putts."

Henderson was impressed — and overwhelmed.

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