Lauren Sung of Palo Alto had to defeat her twin sister, Sydney, in the round of 16 to move on at the 121st Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur Championship at the Olympia Country and Golf Club in Olympia, Wash.
After doing that, Lauren Sung went on to defeat Angela Zhang of Vancouver, B.C.. Canada, 4 and 3, in the scheduled 36-hole championship match.
“That was a really fun match,” Lauren of the match against Sydney. “It was a family affair. We had like five lead changes and got to trash talk a little bit out there. It was a lot of fun being out there and being comfortable in a competitive setting, since we compete every day already.”
Then, with Sydney taking over as her caddie, Lauren beat Adithi Anand of Redmond, Wash., 1 up, and Yvonne Vinceri of Portland, Ore., also by 1 up, the semifinals.
Lauren Sung and Zhang were even after the morning 18, before Sung won five consecutive holes through No. 7. After Zhang made a brief rally with two straight birdies, they halved the final six holes to end the match after the 15th.
“It’s definitely rewarding,” said Sung, who is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. “This course is not easy, and it’s not easy to walk, but playing here all week has been such a treat and I’m so glad to be able to walk away with a win.”
Sung won several events as a junior, most recently the 2020 NTL Tour College Prep Girls Championship and the 2019 Golfweek Northern California Junior Open.
In the morning’s round, Sung got off to a good start and built a 2-up lead through seven holes. Zhang bounced back and won three of the next four holes to grab a 1-up lead before Sung tied it again on the 12th. Then they went back-and-forth, with each play taking a 1-up lead before the finished the morning round in a tie.
The championship began with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, followed by 18-hole single-elimination match play on July 12, 13, 14, finishing with the 36-hole final match.
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