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Grace Jin defeats Emma McMyler in the final

Texas Women’s Amateur: Grace Jin defeats Emma McMyler in the final

Grace Jin (Photo by Texas Golf Association)

Grace Jin of Huntsville wins the 103rd Women’s Texas Amateur after defeating Emma McMyler 1 UP.

The sun rose at Spanish Oaks Golf Club in Bee Cave for the final day of play in the 103rd Women’s Texas Amateur. In her first appearance in the championship, Jin won five matches to become the 103rd Women’s Texas Amateur champion, joining an elite list of champions.

“Honestly, it’s still unreal and I don’t think I won,” said the Huntsville native. “It was really fun playing with Emma today. We played together in the WSGA and I remember she was so solid and was still so solid today. I learned a lot from her and we both had fun today.”

Jin and McMyler had a blast from start to finish in this incredible match. Jin began the match 1 UP after the first hole when she missed her third shot by three feet on the par 5.

On hole 3, McMyler tied the match by hitting her shot into the middle of the green and sinking a 20-foot putt. That didn’t last long, however, as Jin came back 1-up on the next hole.

Jin’s father, who was her caddy all week, made sure she kept her cool and managed the next few holes to maintain her lead in the match.

“He told me to stay calm and that the Lord was with us. That helped me a little bit to stay calm, especially in games where whatever happens happens,” Jin said.

Jin finally managed two shots on hole 6, appearing to be fully focused in all aspects of her game. On the next hole, however, Jin hit her tee shot into the right penalty box of the par 3 7th hole and lost the hole.

After giving up her two-hole lead on hole 6, Jin won hole 9 with a great putt over the ridge on the green and went 2 UP into the more difficult part of the course due to the strong southerly wind.

She was able to maintain that 2-up lead in the match until another par 3 came into play. On hole 12, McMyler hit a shot three feet over the hole. Jin, who was sitting under the hole, missed the ball too far, leaving McMyler with the hole.

McMyler used this as motivation and won the 15th hole after hitting her approach shot to within three feet of the deepest hole, and evened the match over the final few holes of the course.

Hole 17 would ultimately prove to be the deciding hole of the match. After both players hit the middle of the fairway, Jin and McMyler both aimed for the green and landed to the right of it.

Both players had to tackle difficult chip shots onto the sloping green, but in the end it was Jin who sank her birdie putt and moved 1 up to the 18th hole, where both players shot par and Jin became the official winner of the 103rd Women’s Texas Amateur.

With her victory, Jin is exempt from participating in the 124th U.S. Women’s Amateur, as the 103rd Women’s Texas Amateur is an official USGA exemption event.

“It’s an honor to play in a USGA championship,” Jin said. “You get to play with the best players in the world and it’s such a prestigious course, so I’m excited.”

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ABOUT THE Texas Amateur, Women

Eligibility: Amateur golfers with a certified GHIN handicap index are eligible to participate.

Field: Lowest handicap indices in multiples of 8 with a maximum of 88 players. If the championship is oversubscribed, entries will be accepted in order of handicap index.

Format: The field will consist of 88 players in total. The 32 players with the lowest qualifying scores will fill the Championship Flight and compete for the Championship title. The qualifying round is optional for all players except the players with the 32 lowest handicap indices on the day of the registration deadline. The 16 players eliminated in the first round of Championship Flight match play may participate in a consolation round of 18-hole stroke play. The remaining players will be divided into seven flights of eight players each based on handicap indices. The four players eliminated in the first round of flight play will enter a consolation match play bracket for each flight.

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