Aug. 8, 2009
Incoming freshman Tiffany Lua fell 3&2 Saturday in the semifinals at the 109th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Saturday at Old Warson CC in St. Louis.
A couple of early missed putts and errant shots cost Lua, 18, who was unable to mount a serious comeback against Jennifer Song, the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks champion.
When Lua missed a long par putt at the seventh hole, she found herself 4-down to Song, who entered the event as the odd-on favorite to win America's oldest women's amateur event.
As the match wore on, Lua made two runs at her opponent, but was unable to sustain her momentum. The first came at the ninth when Lua recorded a two-putt par while Song bogeyed, cutting the deficit to three holes. At the 10th Song three-putted for a double-bogey six and Lua failed to capitalize by three-putting a tricky six-foot slider.
At the 11th, Song gained back her advantage with a par as Lua bogeyed, following a missed approach to the green.
After halving the 12th, Lua made a five-foot knee-knocker for par at the 13th as Song three-putted for a bogey.
At the 14th, Song missed her drive left of the fairway and was forced to hit short of the green. From there, she took three shots from 26 yards and made bogey while Lua made a regulation par.
Two-down with four holes to play, Lua missed a four-foot par putt at the 15th to go down three with three to play.
At the 16th, both players made pars and Lua had run out of holes.
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