Golf: Alabama’s Kristen Gillman wins 2nd US Women’s Amateur title

Kristen Gillman won the U.S. Women’s Amateur for the second time, beating Alabama teammate Jiwon Jeon 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final at The Golf Club of Tennessee.

The 20-year-old Gillman, from Austin, Texas, also won in 2014 as a 16-year-old at Nassau Country Club.

On Sunday, Gillman was 5 up after nine holes, winning four straight on Nos. 4-7. She was 5 up after 18 holes and increased the margin to seven on the second 18.

Gillman won the Japan LPGA’s Century 21 Ladies Golf Tournament last month for her first victory in a professional event. She also starred in U.S. victories in the Curtis Cup and Palmer Cup, and tied for 27th this year in the U.S. Women’s Open.


Gillman’s four-year span between titles is the second-largest in event history. Dorothy Campbell Hurd had a 14-year period between titles, winning in 1910 and 1924. Margaret Curtis also had a four-year span between titles, winning her first in 1907 and second in 1911. She also won again in 1912.

The 21-year-old Jeon is from South Korea. She transferred from Daytona State Junior College to Alabama, with Gillman serving as Jeon’s host when she took her recruiting trip to Tuscaloosa last fall.

Ellie Mae Classic for his first Tour

Trevor Cone won the Ellie Mae Classic for his first Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 for a four-stroke victory over Josh Teater.


Cone, the 25-year-old former Virginia Tech player who started the year with only conditional status on both and Mackenzie tours, finished at 23-under 257 at TPC Stonebrae. He opened with rounds of 64, 63 and 66 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round

Cone earned $108,000 to jump from 135th to 37th on the money list with $131,580. The top 25 next week after the regular-season ending Portland Open will earn PGA Tour cards.

Teater finished with a 67.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry missed the cut, shooting 71-86.

European Golf Team Championships

Spain’s Scott Fernandez and Pedro Oriol won the inaugural European Golf Team Championships, and Sweden’s Cajsa Persson and Linda Wessberg took the women’s crown.

Oriol and Fernandez beat Iceland’s Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson 2 up in the final. In the women’s final Persson and Wessberg topped France’s Justine Dreher and Manon Molle in 20 holes.

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