07/24 22:30 CDT Cindy Ha advances in US Girls' Junior
Cindy Ha advances in US Girls' Junior
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
"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.
In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Princess Mary Superal of the
Philippines will play Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California. Superal beat
Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, 3 and 1, and Wu topped Rose Huang of Honolulu
4 and 2.
Mexico's Marijosse Navarro, second in stroke-play qualifying, reached the
lower-bracket quarterfinals, beating Fuzzy Brooks of Kingwood, Texas, in 19
holes. The 17-year-old Navarro, a three-time Women's Mexican Amateur champion,
was sixth this year for Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament.
Navarro will play Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, a 2-and-1 winner
over Gigi Stoll of Tigard, Oregon.
In the other quarterfinal, Australia's Shelly Shin will play Binny Lee of
Frisco, Texas. Shin routed Clare Amelia Legaspi of the Philippines 6 and 5, and
Binny Lee edged Sofia Chabon of the Philippines 2 up.
The semifinals are Friday afternoon, and the final is set for Saturday.