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."