SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong and Italy's Virginia Elena Carta advanced to the all-international U.S. Women's Amateur semifinals Friday, keeping alive their bids for rare season sweeps.
The 16-year-old Seong is trying to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls' Junior in the same season. The 19-year-old Carta — the oldest of the final four — is attempting to become the second player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.
The tournament will have the first all-international championship match since 1910, with 15-year-old Yuka Saso of the Philippines and 18-year-old Mathilda Cappeliez of France also advancing.
Seong beat 17-year-old Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, with a par on the 18th hole in a rematch of Seong's final victory over her friend last month in the U.S. Girls' Junior in New Jersey.
Seong will face Cappeliez, a 19-hole winner over Australia's Hannah Green. Carta beat Puerto Rico's Maria Torres 3 and 1, and Saso outlasted Japan's 17-year-old Nasa Hataoka 1 up.