LAKEWOOD, N.J. – On Monday afternoon, Anina Ku of Basking Ridge became the first competitor to win the New Jersey Women's Public Links Championship three times. Ku, 22, carded an impressive 1-under par 71 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club to claim the 19th edition of the championship.
After a bogey on the first hole, Ku was able to settle down and bounce back, going even in the front nine and 1-under in the back nine.
“I felt like I was on a roll making enough birdies so that when I did have some mistakes, it wasn't blowing up my score. Overall, just very steady. I was pretty calm the whole day and definitely took advantage of the scoring opportunities.”
This is the third time that Ku has won the Women’s Public Links Championship, hoisting the trophy in 2018 and 2019. Her 2019 campaign was outstanding, also winning the 94th New Jersey Women’s Amateur Championship at Navesink Country Club.
“This summer was a little different. I was traveling, I graduated school, getting ready for work. I saw it a little bit differently, this is just a nice day for me to relax. One of my last days that I can compete probably for a little bit.”
Having just graduated from Harvard University, Ku expects to spend much less time out on the golf course as she begins work.
“I'm working in software investing starting on September 6th, so that's just a few weeks away. Living in New York city, golfing is a little bit harder, so I’m definitely enjoying the last few weeks I have at home with almost unlimited access to golf.”
Ultimately, Ku was able to wrap up her collegiate golfing years with another trophy following 18 holes on the 5,526-yard par 72.
Ava Lozito of Fairfield finished right behind Ku, carding an even par 72.
Additionally, Annika Johnson took home the glassware for winning in Net Scoring on Monday, carding a 3-under par 69.
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