Alpine’s Santamaria to Face Defending Champ Papa in Girls Jr. Am Final

Alpine Country Club’s own Ava Santamaria will face defending champion Gianna Papa in the Girls Jr. Amateur Championship semi-final on Thursday afternoon at Alpine Country Club. 

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The match is set to go off a little after 1 p.m. 

Santamaria Beats Vinny Papa 

Santamaria got to the final by beating Gianna Papa’s sister Vincenza “Vinny” Papa in the semi finals. 

Playing on her home course, Santamaria jumped out to a four-up lead after the first four holes. 

Papa then won the 5th and 7th holes to get it back to two-up at the turn. 

Sanatmaria held three-up leads on two different occasions on the back nine, before Papa won 13, lost 14, and then won 15 and 16 to get the lead down to just one-up. 

Santamaria halved 17 and won 18  to escape with the win. 

Papa Beats Porter 

With the match tied after nine holes, the defending champion won 10 and 11 to take a two up lead, before Porter won 12 to cut it in half. 

Papa kept the pressure on by winning 13, but again Porter responded with a win on 15. 

The match came to a close when Papa won 16 and 17 to seal the 3&1 win. 

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