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Annie Park beats Kelly Shon in U.S. Women's Amateur

This composite photo shows Levittown native Annie Park,

This composite photo shows Levittown native Annie Park, left and Port Washington native Kelly Shon, right. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, Patrick E. McCarthy

Annie Park and Kelly Shon used to play golf together all the time. Park, from Levittown, and Shon, from Port Washington, would meet with some other early-teen prodigies to play at Bethpage or Douglaston Golf Course. So Thursday was a little like a reunion, but mostly it was something completely new.

The two Long Islanders met in a round of 16 match at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Charleston, S.C., in a taut showdown that was not decided until Park made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up win.

Stakes were so high that there was not much banter between the two old friends Thursday. Mostly it consisted of "Nice shot," said Shon, who had a three-hole lead through 10, before Park won the next three holes. She also won No. 17 with a par.

Park remained steady in the back-nine comeback. "I just wanted to change how I played versus the way I played the front nine because the front nine was kind of weird," she said.

Shon told reporters, "I think maybe I started getting a little too aggressive than I really needed to. It was stupid in retrospect . . . Usually I don't get an adrenaline rush, but it was kind of hard with the wind picking up. It was kind of hard to start judging my clubs."

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