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Today concluded the 66th U.S. Women’s Open, easily the greatest championship in women’s golf, in which Korea’s 21 year-old So Yeon Ryu beat Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff. Despite the unplanned weather difficulties, the course was designed to be a difficult test and is said to be the longest in tournament history. The course layout consisted of over 7,000 yards of tough, rippling greens making it hard for players to read. Many commentators believed the course would be won by a long hitter; however, Ryu proved them wrong.Winning the Women’s Open is just the beginning for Ryu, who is quickly paving the way of success by becoming the third-youngest champion in the Women’s Open histroy and the first Korean winner of the 2011 LPGA season. The win also gained her LPGA status for next year. Ryu’s story of victory is surely one that will not be withheld from the spotlight anytime soon.
Other women breaking into their careers this summer are former Southern California CIF-WSCGA Regional Championship participants: Lizette Salas, Brianna Do, and Candie Kung. A recent USC graduate and WSCGA Foundation scholarship recipient, Lizette Salas of Azusa, CA. tied for 15th at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado Springs, CO. Salas was also a Honda Sports Award finalist this year as one of the nation’s top NCAA women’s golfers.
Candie Kung, also a USC graduate, tied for 13th in the 66th U.S. Women’s Open.
Brianna Do, from UCLA won her first USGA title at the 35th U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in early July, rallying for a 1-up victory in the 36-hole final.
The Women’s Southern California Golf Association applauds the hard work and accomplishments of these women! Congratulations Ladies!