Chia Yen Wu wins longest match in USGA championship history

From FOX Sports - August 11, 2017

Facing a third UCLA Bruin in her fourth round of match play, 14-year-old Lucy Li, who eliminated medalist Shannon Aubert in the Round of 16, finally met her match in Lilia Kha-Tu Vu, a rising junior for the Bruins, who defeated Li, 4 and 3. Vu, who never trailed in the match, said she used experience to her advantage in staying calm during a round in which she did not record a birdie.

I'd probably get angry after every shot if it did not turn out the way I wanted, said Vu of her younger self. But right now, I accept it, and I am like, OK, next shot, work from there. It's too much energy to get angry. It just takes too much mental energy when I could like use that energy to think about the next shot.

Throughout my high school career, I did not win one single invitational and that kind of brought me down because all of my friends were winning them, and I was getting like third or top five, said Vu, who is playing in her second U.S. Womens Amateur and first since 2010, even though she has tried to qualify every year since. I was never the winner. I had no confidence, basically, in high school.

That changed when she went to UCLA, and Vu credits her teammate Bronte Law with bringing out her competitive side. In 2016, she won the Southern California Golf Association Womens Amateur, and in 2017 she won the Pac-12 Championship and finished runner-up two weeks ago to Jennifer Kupcho in the Canadian Womens Amateur.

I feel like a lot of other players get a lot of spotlight, but it does not bother me because I do not really like it, said Vu, ranked No. 5 in the Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking.

In the semifinals, Vu will face Stanford University standout Albane Valenzuela, of Switzerland, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the WAGR. Valenzuela defeated Robynn Ree, of Redondo Beach, Calif., 4 and 3.


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