Defending champion falls in Women's Am

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CARMEL, Ind. - A steady Amanda Blumenherst made short work of defending champion Kimberly Kim.

The two-time college player of the year at NCAA champion Duke beat the 15-year-old Kim 5 and 3 Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Blumenherst advanced to today's 36-hole final round at Crooked Stick Golf Club against Maria Jose Uribe, of Colombia, who beat Ha Na Jang, of South Korea, 2 and 1 in the other semifinal.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Scranton, Pa., former Augusta State golfer Richard Johnson birdied four of his first six holes en route to 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead after the third round of the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.

Johnson, despite bogeying No. 18, is at 14-under 199.

D.A. Points, who began the round tied for third with Johnson, birdied his final three holes to shoot 68 and is second at 200.

Augusta's Scott Parel shot 71 and is tied for 39th at 210.

LPGA EUROPEAN TOUR: In Loddekopinge, Sweden, Catriona Matthew and Brittany Lincicome shared the third-round lead in the Ladies European Tour event.

Matthew eagled two holes on the back nine en route to 6-under-par 66 and Lincicome shot 71. Both are at 5-under 211, taking a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Laura Diaz, the second-round leader, slipped to 75 and is at 214 with Sophie Gustafson, Maria Hjorth and amateur Caroline Hedwall.

Tournament host Annika Sorenstam, the three-time defending champion, shot 74 and is at 220.


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