Written by Record Pilot Staff Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.
“I just keep fighting because I don’t want to leave here without the ultimate prize,” said Gillman, who has verbally committed to the University of Alabama for the fall of 2016. Gillman rallied from deficits in all six of her Women’s Amateur matches, including an inspired comeback from 4 down with six to play against Su-Hyun Oh in her 20-hole quarterfinal win on Friday.
“I wanted to get my name on the trophy, but that’s not necessarily success for me,” said Henderson, No. 2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ and low amateur at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open. “I played well, and I had a lot of fun this week.”
Gillman and Henderson are now exempt into the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted July 9-12 at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. Henderson was already exempt into the championship by virtue of her tie for 10th at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in June. Gillman will be exempt into the next 10 U.S. Women’s Amateurs, with Henderson receiving a three-year exemption.
The 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. The tournament was held last week in Glen Cove, from Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 10.