South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2, in Saturday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Tubert, 18, used an amazing run on the front nine during the first 18 holes to take a commanding lead. She was 2-down after a McCloskey birdie at the fifth, but Tubert won the next seven holes to move 5-up and played those seven holes in five-under par.
McCloskey made up one hole and was 4-down at the break at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.
She won the third with a par to go 3-down, but Tubert took the fourth and fifth with birdies and the sixth with a par to claim a 6-up cushion.
McCloskey got it to 4-down with four to play and won the 15th to get 3-down. She needed to win every remaining hole to force a playoff, but wasn't up to the task.
The pair halved 16 to give Tubert her first national championship in her first appearance in this event.
Tubert played in the 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior, but missed the cut. She is headed to the University of Arkansas next year on a golf scholarship.
06/26 15:58:22 ET