SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday at Rolling Green to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls' Junior in the same year.
The 16-year-old Seong outlasted Italy's Virginia Elena Carta 1 up in hot conditions in the 36-hole final, the first all-international championship match in 106 years.
The 19-year-old Carta, coming off her freshman season at Duke, overcame a dizzy spell that forced a 15-minute delay after the 31st hole. She was trying to become the second player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.
Seong won her second straight U.S. Girls' Junior title last month at Ridgewood in New Jersey.
The finalists earned spots in the U.S. Women's Open next year at Trump National in New Jersey, and the winner also traditionally receives exemptions into the ANA Inspiration, Women's British Open and Evian Championship — all only if still an amateur.