Kimberly Kim is in prime position to win her second major women’s amateur tournament in three years. But she’ll have to get through Jennifer Song – Golfweek’s top-ranked collegian and national player of the year – to do it.
On Friday, Kim defeated Joanna Coe, 4 and 3, in the semifinals to reach the final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Song outlasted Korea’s Jisoo Park in a back-and-forth match and eventually pulled off a 2-up victory.
While Kim is trying to cement her name in women’s amateur golf history, Song is trying to avenge a tough loss in this event last year. In last year’s Public Links, Song never trailed in the final match until the 33rd hole. But she eventually suffered a 2-and-1 loss to Tiffany Joh, who became just the fifth woman to win the title multiple times.
Kim, who at 14 became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amater in 2006, looks unstoppable entering the final against Song. Along with defeating Coe, 4 and 3, she notched a 6-and-5 win over Sun Gyoung Park in the quarterfinals. Kim was runner-up in this event in 2006.