Kirby, Korda will roll into Women’s Am final

Jennifer Kirby and Jessica Korda

Jennifer Kirby and Jessica Korda


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It has been a long week, but we will have a duel between the United States and Canada in the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Here’s how things should shake out Saturday:

Jennifer Kirby vs. Danielle Kang: Kirby has been solid all week long, and Kang has needed to survive rather than flat-out win. Kang’s putter was a bit shaky in the quarterfinals, and almost cost her the match against Sydnee Michaels. A driver is something that can be fixed on the range, but a putting stroke takes a lot longer. Yes, players need to stay out of the rough, but they also need drain 6-footers on a consistent basis. I have Kang locked in my bracket to make it to the final match – but after what I saw today, I have to change my pick.

Prediction: Kirby wins, 3 and 2.

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Stephanie Sherlock vs. Jessica Korda: This entire week I have been impressed by Korda. Perhaps I underestimated her? It just doesn’t matter who she goes up against, she finds a way to win her match. No player has had a tougher path to the semifinals than Korda, and she just seems to be in a zone that is unbreakable. Sherlock also has played well this week, defeating Caroline Hedwall, but Korda has just been more impressive. Each round I think she is going to lose, but each round I am proved wrong. Hopefully, it’s not too late to hop on board the Korda Train, because I think her ticket is one way to the finals.

Prediction: Korda wins, 4 and 2.

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