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Jennifer Song wins U.S. Women's Amateur final

The 19-year-old from USC becomes the second woman to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same year.

August 10, 2009|Associated Press

Jennifer Song became the second woman to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same year, beating Jennifer Johnson, 3 and 1, on Sunday in the U.S. Women's Amateur final at Old Warson in St. Louis.

The 19-year-old Song, coming off her freshman year at USC, won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in June and was the low amateur last month in the U.S. Women's Open. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., she lives in South Korea.

Pearl Sinn is the only other woman to win two USGA titles in a year, taking the 1988 Amateur and Public Links. Five men have accomplished the feat.

"I can't put into words how honored I am," Song said. "It's been a long time since Pearl Sinn won two in one year in 1988, which is one year before I was even born."

The 17-year-old Johnson, from La Quinta, will be a freshman at Arizona State. She hadn't trailed at any point through her first five matches of the championship, and built a 4-up lead through the first 10 holes of the morning 18.

She made three birdies and took advantage of Song's bogey on the ninth hole.

But Song didn't get discouraged, thanks to positive words from her father Museok, serving as her caddie.

"My dad kept telling me, 'Jennifer, you're going to win. You're a great player,' " Song said.

"Throughout the whole round he kept me in a positive mind, and he kept making me smile."

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Reno-Tahoe Open

John Rollins overcame an early double bogey with a chip-in eagle, then survived a string of bogeys to shoot an even-par 72 and win the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open for his third career PGA Tour victory.

Rollins, who tied the course record with a second-round 62 and led by six strokes at the turn Sunday, won by three strokes, finishing at 17-under 271 on the Montreux Golf & Country Club course. He also won the 2002 Canadian Open and 2006 B.C. Open.

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