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Jennifer Song wins the U.S. Women’s Amateur

She defeated Jennifer Johnson 3&1 in the finals. Song joins Pearl Sinn as the only woman to win both the Amateur and Public Links Championship in the same year. Sinn did the feat in 1988.

Song, like Sinn and 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion Kimberly Kim, is Korean-American. Unlike Song and Kim, Sinn was born in South Korea.

Beth Ann Baldry of Golfweek recently wrote a profile of Jennifer Song.

Now will Mark Reason of the Daily Telegraph burst a blood vessel because another golfer with a Korean Dad has come to prominence in American Golf? Last weekend Reason in an incredible outburst of bigotry for someone writing for a mainstream publication, accused golfers not just from Asia from who are of Asian Asian heritage, of putting ladies professional golf in both the United States and Europe on the path to destruction. I took Reason’s column to a shredder in a post here. Asian Americans have often felt they are regarded as second class citizens by both Madison Avenue and the media. It’s hate filled writing like that produced by Mark Reason that gives credence to these opinions. A respectable newspaper published the column and Reason is one of the dwindling number of media members who still cover pro and amateur golf and nothing else in the non-golf mainstream media.

Reason’s column was illogical too. In the end he advocated the selection of Michelle Wie for the U.S. Solheim Cup team. The last time I looked Michelle had a Korean Dad. It is no wonder the MSM is cutting back on golf coverage.

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