World No.1 amateur Lydia Ko has fallen one match short of the US Junior Girl’s Amateur Final at the Lake Merced Golf Club in California.
The 15-year-old, who defeated Yueer Feng of Florida 8 and 6 in her quarterfinal match in the morning (local time), was upset by local Alison Lee by 2 and 1 in the semi-final which was a tight battle.
Lee went 1up early with a par to Ko’s bogey on the second hole. The Srixon Academy rep made a par and a birdie on six and seven to get turn the match around and be 1up.
The Californian won the 10thhole to get back to all square which is where it remained until the 15thhole. Lee clinched the win with a par on 15 and birdie on 16 to take the ascendancy at a crucial time.
When the American made par on the 17thshe had secured a 2 and 1 win and Ko’s dream of winning the US Junior Girl’s Amateur was over.
The World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who won the two-round qualifying to be No.1 seed, was also upset by Minjee Lee of Australia by 2 and 1.
The two Lee’s will square off in the 36 hole final tomorrow to decide the US Junior Girl’s Amateur Champion.
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