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Longest match in USGA history takes 30 holes at US Women's Amateur

Longest match in USGA history takes 30 holes at US Women's Amateur”

A 13-year-old eighth-grader from Chinese Taipei won the longest 18-hole match in USGA history, dating back to 1895.

The longest match in USGA history unfolded on Friday in San Diego during the quarterfinals of the 117th US Women's Amateur championship when a scheduled 18-hole match between Lauren Stephenson, who goes to the University of Alabama, and Chia Yen Wu went 12 extra holes, ending on the 30th hole.

Not only was the match historic for its length, it had arguably the most "vagaries of match play" moment you'll ever see. Wu, meanwhile, hit her approach just on the green, leaving her a desperation 75-foot birdie putt.

Wu stayed alive with a 69-foot birdie putt on the 26 th hole and won on the 30th after Stephenson hooked her drive and had to lay up. The match between Valenzuela and Robynn Ree was all square through eight holes but Valenzuela made five straight pars for a 2-up lead and birdied No. 14. It was already an impressive week for her. "Every single club in her bag is her boyfriend", he joked. She survived an 11-for-8 playoff to earn the 63rd seed, then defeated reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Kristen Gillman in the third round. She'll next face 21-year-old Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn., in the semifinals.

"He reads the lines pretty well, and he tells me, 'You can make it, ' and gives me confidence", Wu said.

"That putt, I mean, that's going to be on TV and you're going to see that forever", said Stephenson.



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