Two golfers riding a hot streak will play for the California Women’s Amateur Championship on Saturday at La Cumbre Country Club.
Lauren Sung, of Palo Alto, and Arcadia’s Kate Villegas won quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Friday to set up a North vs. South final match at 7:30 a.m.
Both players are coming off tournament titles won earlier this month. Sung captured the Pacific Northwest Amateur in Washington while Villegas became the first repeat winner of the Southern California Women’s Match Play Championship.
Villegas made three birdies and built a 4-up lead after 10 holes en route to 5 and 4 semifinal win over Taylor Riley of San Diego and LSU.
Villegas, a former two-time All Big West player at UC Riverside who transferred to UCLA last season, wrapped up the semifinal win with a par on the 14th.
Sung took the lead against Jasmine Leovao, of Oceanside and Long Beach State, with an eagle-2 on No. 15 and held on for the last three holes to take a 1-up win. Sung finished the round with a 5-under par 67 while Leovao shot a 68.
The 15th hole also was the difference in Sung’s 1-up quarterfinal win over Tiffany Le, the Big West Player of the Year from UC Riverside. Sung made a birdie putt to take the lead and held it for the last three holes.
The caddie for Sung, who plays collegiately at Michigan, is her twin sister and Michigan teammate, Sydney.
Villegas turned her quarterfinal match around against UCLA teammate Zoe Campos (Valencia) with a birdie at the par 3 11th hole. That started a three-hole streak for a 2-up advantage. The players squared the final four holes, giving Villegas a 2 and 1 decision.
In the other quarterfinal matches, Leovao defeated Breann Horn of Lakeside, 3 and 2, and Riley held on for a 1-up win over Madelyn Gamble of Pleasant Hill.