Shep­herd claims ti­tle in U.S. Girls tour­ney

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

AU­GUSTA, Mo. (AP) — Er­ica Shep­herd won the U.S. Girls' Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship on Sat­ur­day, beat­ing Jen­nifer Chang 3 and 2 a day af­ter reach­ing the 36-hole fi­nal on her op­po­nent's rules vi­o­la­tion.

The 16-year-old Shep­herd, from Green­wood, In­di­ana, ended the ti­tle match against close friend Chang with a tap-in par on Boone Val­ley's par-3 16th hole.

"Ever since I was lit­tle, I've al­ways told ev­ery­one when mak­ing my goals, this is the goal that I have to ac­com­plish," said Shep­herd, the left-han­der who has ver­bally com­mit­ted to at­tend Duke in 2019.

On Fri­day, Shep­herd beat El­iz­a­beth Moon of For­rest City, Arkansas, on the first ex­tra hole when Moon was pe­nal­ized for mov­ing her ball be­fore her short par putt was con­ceded. Af­ter miss­ing a short birdie putt that would have ended the semi­fi­nal match, the 17-year-old Moon reached across the hole and pulled her ball back with her put­ter be­fore Shep­herd had an op­por­tu­nity to con­cede the par putt. The ac­tion re­sulted in the loss of the hole and the match.

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