Emily Kwak, a 16-year-old Silver Spring resident who plays out of Indian Spring Country Club, became the youngest winner of the Maryland State Golf Association women's amateur yesterday when she defeated Deborah Williams, 29, of Congressional CC, 1 up, at Uplands Golf Club in Denton.
Kwak, who has spent the last two years attending the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida, won on the 18th hole when Williams, who is seven months pregnant with her first child, failed to sink her seven-foot birdie putt to extend the match. It was Kwak's first time playing in the Maryland women's amateur.
"It was pretty surprising at the end," Kwak said. "I was really excited because this is my first tournament I ever won in my life."
It was a close match throughout. Kwak did not hold the lead until No. 16, when she made a 15-foot birdie putt to go up one. Williams, who lost in the 2002 final to Jessica Lewis, had the lead on eight of the first 15 holes, but never by more than one. . . .
Stephanie Connelly, the All-Met co-golfer of the year from Northeast, lost, 3 and 2, to In Kyung Kim of Korea in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho. Connelly defeated Jacqui Concolino of Orlando, 1 up, in the morning matches.
Joe Monte, a sophomore-to-be at Chantilly, lost, 1 up, to Ryan Thomas of Alameda, Calif., in the round of 16 at the U.S. Boys' Junior Amateur at Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club. Monte defeated Juan Pablo Candela of Colombia, 3 and 2, in the morning matches.
* DIVING: Two events, two golds for Alexandre Despatie at the world swimming championships in Montreal. The Canadian dominated the one-meter springboard final, beating two former world champions from China.
Despatie led all six rounds in the final and finished with 489.69 points. Defending champion Xu Xiang earned the silver with 445.68. Wang Feng, the 2001 world champion, took bronze with 445.56. Despatie won the three-meter springboard title Tuesday.
* SOCCER: A team of Major League Soccer stars will travel to Spain to face Real Madrid in an exhibition game on Aug. 23, five days before the nine-time European champion opens its Spanish first-division schedule.
Real Madrid on Monday completed a two-game tour of the United States, beating Chivas of Mexico, 3-1, in Chicago and the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0.
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