EWING, N.J. - Sydney Kuo carded a 2-over par 74, outlasting Meghan Meng and Riddi Singh by one stroke to secure the 18th New Jersey State Golf Association Women’s Public Links Championship Wednesday at Mountain View Golf Course in Ewing. Kuo made a pair of front nine birdies and held on down the stretch, withstanding the mid-90’s heat, to capture her first-ever NJSGA title.

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“I felt pretty great,” Kuo said. “Nothing crazy, just played pretty solid today. I hit most of the fairways, the greens in regulation, and was able to make some putts and make it happen.”

For Kuo, an incoming freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, an NJSGA tournament victory appeared imminent all summer. During the last two months, she finished T-3 at the 67th NJSGA Junior Girls Championship at Cobblestone Creek and 10th in the stroke play portion of the 96th NJSGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Rumson Country Club.

“It really validates my hard work and all the practice I put in this summer,” Kuo said, referencing her first NJSGA victory. “It feels amazing to finally call myself an NJSGA champion!”

In the Women’s Public Links Net Division, Kathy Bartshce secured her glassware by posting a net 3-under par 69 (gross 11-over 83). Barsche made eight net birdies to beat her next-best competitor by seven strokes.

“My drives were working for me today. That’s what saved me,” Bartsche said. “It feels great.”

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