Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
]If anyone questioned Mina Harigae’s decision to leave Duke and focus on a professional career, it did not take Mina very long to give a resounding answer as to why she did. Mina won the Falls Auto Group Classic today on the Duramed Futures Tour to get her third win of the season, giving her a battlefield promotion to enter some LPGA tournaments this season.
Lisa Mickey’s phenomenal story isn’t up yet, but Harigae steadied herself after an early bogey and posted a steady one-under 71 to beat another Duke star Amanda Blumenherst by two strokes. Blumenherst did one better, a 70, but was never really in it. She birdied her last three to climb within 2. Yoora Kim was the only player really threatening Mina all day, but her bogey at the last dropped her to 4th tying Gerina Mendoza who had a 4 at the par 5 18th. Permila Lindberg also creeped by Yoora by virtue of an eagle at the last which gave her one of the lower rounds of the day a 66.
This day though belongs to Mina Hariage, who was one of the top juniors in the country before turning pro. She beats Jean Reynols and Misun Cho to the third win victory, and we’ll see which LPGA events she can get herself into. This promotion won’t give her a tour card, but she will secure one anyone by her top 5 finish when the DFT finishes up in a few weeks.
Mina will be one to watch for the next couple years.
Another player to watch for sure will be Jennifer Song who capped off her extraordinary summer Sunday by defeating Jennifer Johnson 3 & 1 in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Jennifer, the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Champ and the low amateur at the 2009 (and 2007) U.S. Women’s Open became only the second women to win two USGA championships in the same year, the other being Pearl Sinn-Bonnani in 1988 (which was one year before Jennifer Song was born).
This finishes off an amazing summer for Song, who has had many heartbreaking runner-ups in her amateur career. She lost to Tiffany Joh 2&1 last year at the WAPL, and finished runner-up at the SEC Championships and NCAA Championships this year. The latter with a heart breain 3-putt double bogey to finish second.
It looks like Jennifer has learned how to win, and she’s going to be very dangerous in the NCAAs and amateur championships for as long as she remains amateur. Congrats to both ladies!