DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Medalist Eun Jeong Seong rallied from four strokes down to beat Samantha Gotcher on the first extra hole in the first round of match play Wednesday at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
The 14-year-old from South Korea, in match play for the first time, fell 2 down through the first three holes. Gotcher, of Clarksville, Tennessee, who qualified for this year's U.S. Women's Open, extended her advantage to four holes at the turn of the 6,169-yard, par-72 Home Course.
But Seong began to drop her putts. She cut the deficit by one with an eagle at the par-5 10th, and was within one hole heading to the 18th. After Gotcher's birdie attempt from off the back of the green trickled past the hole, Seong dropped a 30-foot putt to extend the match.
Another birdie from 15 feet at the par-4 first won it for Seong.