KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. — Kristen Gillman won the U.S. Women's Amateur for the second time Sunday, beating Alabama teammate and former Daytona State golfer Jiwon Jeon 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final at The Golf Club of Tennessee.
"It's really cool to be able to have it on there again," Gillman said about her name on the Robert Cox Trophy. "Everyone who was playing in this tournament was picturing their name on it at the end of the week, so it's really nice to be able to do that and accomplish that."
The 20-year-old Gillman, from Austin, Texas, also won in 2014 as a 16-year-old at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.
"It was definitely more emotional to win this time," Gillman said. "And my mom (Laura) wasn't able to come the first time, so she flew here last night to watch me play in the final match. So it was really cool to have her be able to be here, too, to experience this win because I know that last time she wanted to be here, but she just had eye surgery, so she couldn't fly."
The 21-year-old Jeon is from South Korea. She has transferred from DSC to Alabama, with Gillman serving as Jeon's host when she took her recruiting trip to Tuscaloosa last fall.
"She was very consistent all day," Jeon said. "It was a little difficult for me to catch up on her. But that is the one I cannot control. So I was trying to play my best. I didn't play my best today, but I tried my best on the course. I really appreciate that she played great today."