University of Washington golfer Alice Duan wins Washington Women's Amateur as Silverdale's Brittany Kwon finished fourth at Gold Mountain
By George Edgar
For West Sound SportsPlus
The day started well for Brittany Kwon at the Washington Women’s Amateur Championship with a birdie on the first hole.
The rest of the day, not so much.
Kwon had troubles with her drives off the tee and left some putts short as she struggled all day on the Cascade Course at Gold Mountain on Thursday. Still, she finished tied for fourth overall as she shot a three-day total of 219. She had a four-over 76 in the third round.
“It really was a struggle,” Kwon said after she concluded the tournament. “I seemed to be short all the time.”
Alice Duan, a teammate of Kwon’s at the University of Washington, won the women’s am with a three-day total of 214. She finished at two under, the only golfer who concluded the tournament under par. Duan played in the group ahead of Kwon’s on the course.
Duan, from Reno, Nevada, birdied three of the first six holes and five overall, going two-under for the round. She will transfer to the University of Nebraska next season with a year of eligibility remaining.
The golfers had to deal with an erratic wind that kicked up on the course from time to time, playing with tee shots.
“We always had our backs to the wind,” Duan said. “We adjusted to it, that’s it.
“Overall, it was a bit rough, but I did a lot better,” she said. “I didn’t make too many mistakes. Overall, it was all right.”
After a birdie on the first hold, Kwon seemed to leave her tee shots short of the green and her putts left the ball short of the pin. It was a turnaround from her first round, when she was two under, the only golfer under par on the first day.
“Some of my shots weren’t good,” Kwon said. “My putts didn’t drop and some lipped out.”
Kwon tried to grind through the day along in the final group with Madelyn Gamble of Washington State University and Jessica Magrobang of Spokane and Gonzaga University. Gamble, from Pleasant Hill, California, finished second at 216, and Magrobang was third at 218. Duan was in the group ahead of them, and was playing at a faster pace. Kwon’s group had no idea how Duan was doing.
“You want to know how the other group is doing,” Kwon said, “but you have to play your own game.”
The only other Kitsap golfer in the tournament, Suzie Tran, had an even-round 72 on the final day, finishing tied for 12th place at 228.
This might be the lone tournament that Kwon and the rest of the golfers play for a while. The PNGA women’s championship later this summer at The Home Course in DuPont has been cancelled and no other tournaments are planned.