Jennifer Song’s 2009 season has to go down as one of the best years in amateur golf this decade.
Song, a member of the USC women’s golf team, began her prolific run in April, when she finished second at the PING/ASU Invitational and tied for first at the Pac-10 Championships. Song then was runner-up at the NCAA West Regional and the NCAA Championships, where she finished a stroke behind medalist Maria Hernandez. Song was rewarded for her efforts with national Freshman of the Year honors.
But that was only the beginning. In June, she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, 7 and 6, over Kimberly Kim, the largest margin of victory in the event’s 33-year history. In July, Song finished tied for 13th at the U.S. Women’s Open, earning low-amateur honors in the process.
She ended her summer by winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur to become only the second woman to win two USGA championships in the same year. (The other was Huntington Beach native Pearl Sinn-Bonnani in 1988.)
“Jennifer is certainly one of the most gifted and hard-working players that I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach,” said Andrea Gaston, USC women’s golf coach. “She expects to win. It’s a pretty unique quality to have.”
Now a sophomore, Song kicked off her 2009-10 season with wins in her first two college events, meaning the best could be yet to come.
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