Kentucky’s Fort wins U.S. Ladies’s Novice


HARRISON, N.Y. — Kentucky junior Jensen Fort gained the U.S. Ladies’s Novice on Sunday, beating Arizona junior Hou Yu-chiang of Taiwan 2 and 1 within the 36-hole ultimate at Westchester Nation Membership.

Fort, from West Columbia, South Carolina, gained after surviving a 12-for-2 playoff late Tuesday to get into the 64-player discipline for match play. She’s the third No. 63 seed to win a USGA title, following Clay Ogden within the 2005 U.S. Novice Public Hyperlinks and Steven Fox within the 2012 U.S. Novice.

Ranked 248th within the girls’s world novice rating, Fort wrapped up a spot on the U.S. Curtis Cup group with the victory.

After Hou gained the thirtieth and thirty first with birdies to drag inside one, Fort took the par-4 thirty third with a par, misplaced the par-3 thirty fourth to Hou’s birdie and completed off the match with a birdie on the par-4 thirty fifth.

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