DUPONT, Wash. – Fumie (Alice) Jo won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, never trailing in her 3-and-2 victory over Eun Jeong Seong at The Home Course and forever etching her name in United States Golf Association history.
Jo, 15, is the first USGA champion from the mainland of the People’s Republic of China. She is the second-youngest champion in WAPL history, following 13-year-old Michelle Wie in 2003. She is also the final winner in the 38-year history of the Women’s Amateur Public Links, as the championship has been officially retired following today’s completion of play.
"In China, I think everyone will be talking about (my victory)," said Jo, a ninth-grader in Shanghai who was playing in her first USGA championship. "I’m just really happy."
Seong, 14, of the Republic of Korea, joins Jo in the WAPL record books. She set 18- and 36-hole scoring records during Monday and Tuesday’s stroke-play rounds on her way to earning medalist honors.
"My stroke-play (performance) was exceptional and I played really well," said Seong. "I could not play that well all the time. There were some ups and downs."
The Jo-Seong match was also the first and only all-international final in championship history.
Two Oklahomans qualified for the event. Sydney Youngblood of Durant, runnerup recently in the WOGA Junior State Amateur, advanced through the 36-hole stroke play qualifier and lost in the first round of match play in 19 holes to Grace Na of Alameda, Calif. Shaebug Scarberry of Purcell and Lucy Nunn of Lawton did not advance to match play.