HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Kentucky junior Jensen Castle rallied to reach to the U.S. Ladies’s Beginner final Saturday, beating NCAA champion Rachel Heck of Stanford with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole.
Castle, from West Columbia, South Carolina, will face Arizona junior Hou Yu-chiang of Taiwan in the 36-hole final. Hou beat Michigan Snarl sophomore Valentina Rossi of Argentina 2 up.
Two holes down after Heck acquired the par-4 16th with a birdie, Castle took the par-3 16th with a par and tied it with a par on the par-5 18th when Heck disregarded a 4-footer.
“I believed for certain she acquired,” Castle stated. “I couldn’t have she disregarded it. When I knew she gave me that opportunity I turned into adore, ‘All honest, I birdied earlier, I’m going to I birdie this again.’ And I went after it.”
After Castle made her birdie putt on the 274-yard, par-4 19th, Heck disregarded a 10-footer.
“It’s demanding, but, I imply, I performed a accurate playoff hole,” Heck stated. “She made the putt, and I don’t know the plot I disregarded. It turned into a accurate roll.”
Castle survived a 12-for-2 playoff behind Tuesday accurate to qualify for match play. She’s trying to change into the third No. 63 seed to win a USGA title, following Clay Ogden (2005 U.S. Beginner Public Links) and Steven Fox (2012 U.S. Beginner).
“I retain forgetting I’m the 63rd seed,” stated Castle, who has battled a rib injury loads of the summer season. “I have adore seeds are beside the point whereas you score into match play. It’s all americans’s sport. I’m accurate elated that the doctor stated I could perhaps perhaps also play.”
She’s 248th in the ladies’s world beginner ranking.
Heck, from Memphis, Tennessee, disregarded a chance to join broken-down Georgia significant individual Vicki Goetze (1992) as the single avid gamers to win NCAA Division I individual and U.S. Ladies’s Beginner titles in the identical year. In Might perhaps additionally simply, Heck capped her freshman year at Stanford with the NCAA individual title — her sixth victory of the season. She’s No. 2 in the ladies’s world beginner ranking.
Hou, recovering from a in part torn labrum in her left, acquired the par-4 17th with a par to occupy the lead and finished off Rossi with a birdie win on 18.
“I’m now not worried, but I knew I couldn’t terminate anything if it’s on legend of my execrable shot,” Hou stated. “So I accurate are attempting and point of interest more on my shot by shot and take a look at and hit greens and then accurate score assist to my customary routine.”
Both finalists are exempt into the 2022 U.S. Ladies’s Begin at Pine Needles Hotel & Golf Resort. Castle would wrap up a set on the U.S. Curtis Cup team with a victory.