Jenny Suh nearly made a hole-in-one on her final hole. She didn't need it to advance, but it would have been a nice way to finish her second round at the 51st U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. Suh, a 13-year-old freshman at Chantilly High School, sunk a six-inch birdie putt to finish with an 8-over-par 80 and a two-day total of 160. She and 63 other golfers from the field of 156 advanced to Wednesday's match-play round.
Two other area girls failed to advance. Christy Larrimore, a 14-year-old sophomore at Archbishop Spaulding, finished at 82-84--166, missing the cut by four strokes. Sarah O'Neill, a 14-year-old sophomore at Stone Ridge, made an eagle during her second round but missed the cut with a 90-86--176.
Candie Kung, a 17-year-old from Fountain Valley, Calif., shot a 69 on the 6,180-yard course to become the lowest-scoring qualifier. Kung, who played in Suh's group, finished with a 73-69--142.
Suh turned in the same score as she had in the first round, but recorded fewer pars and more bogeys. Unlike on Monday, when she had a triple and a double bogey, Suh never had anything worse than a bogey during the second round. Despite her struggles, she said this tournament has been a good experience for her.
"Now I know how much more I have to practice," Suh said. "If I shoot in the seventies, that's a good score for me. But here, they're all like 'That's an okay score.' Like Candie. If I shot a 69, I'd be doing cartwheels on number 18. She was like '69, yeah.' "
Although she improved her score from Monday, O'Neill wasn't pleased with her second round either.
"The score was better, but I hacked it around on the back nine," O'Neill said.
Her eagle was even more remarkable because it came after a quadruple bogey on No. 12. After her tee shot on No. 13 landed 175 yards from the pin, she used her 7-wood to send the ball onto the green. Instead, it bounced a few times and dropped into the cup.
"I didn't exactly expect that," said O'Neill, who finished her round by making a four-foot birdie putt on No. 18.