Bremerton’s Brittany Kwon was on a roll.
She was showcasing the type of shotmaking — and birdie-making — streak needed to beat a golfer the caliber of Oregon teenager Ellie Slama.
Even though it was the top two seeds going at it in the finals of the 61st PNGA Junior Girls Amateur, Slama was older, more experienced and coming off larger-margin victories in match play.
In the end, the favored Slama won, 3 and 2, to capture her first PNGA Junior Girls Am title on Friday at The Home Course in DuPont.
The match ended on the 16th green when Kwon, the 2014 PNGA Junior Girls Am winner, conceded a 3-foot par putt as the two golfers halved the hole.
Only a couple of hours earlier, Kwon held a 2-up advantage after making three birdies in four holes to close out the front nine.
Her iron play was setting up short birdie putts, too — a 12-footer at No. 6, an 8-footer at No. 7 and a 5-footer at No. 9.
“I felt like I could have won,” said Kwon, who will be a sophomore at Central Kitsap High School. “Toward the back nine, I lost one hole, and it went (downhill) from there.”
Indeed, it did.
Both golfers were on the green in two shots at the par-5 10th hole. Salma, a longer hitter, easily two-putted from 18 feet for birdie. Kwon three-putted from 45 feet.
And two holes later, Kwon did the same thing, ramming her long birdie putt 10 feet past the hole, and missing the par-saving attempt.
When Slama hit her approach shot right next to the cup at the 13th hole, she was well on her way to winning five consecutive holes to turn the match squarely around in her favor.
“I wanted to switch things around,” said Slama, the reigning Class 6A state high school champion from South Salem High School and an Oregon State University commit. “It felt good to have an under-par part of the round when I wasn’t at my best.”
Kwon had a chance to stop the bad run after Slama’s tee shot at the par-3 14th hole came up well short. But the Bremerton teenager hit her tee shot into the right-side pond.
“(Slama) is really good,” Kwon said. “She hits everything straight, and makes her putts.”
On the boys side, Seattle’s Gabe Spach, the No. 3 seed, rode a hot putter to a 4-and-3 triumph over Redmond’s Sean Kato in the championship match.
The match ended on the 32nd hole, a par 3 flanked by water on the right. Spach’s 6-iron landed pin high, and he rolled in the 12-footer for birdie to close out his opponent.
Spach, a Seattle University commit, was part of Roosevelt High School’s first state team championship last spring.
“These last few months have been pretty special,” said Spach, who will be a senior. “State tournament was definitely something important to me … and this summer early on, I had gone through some struggles, so to bounce back after this individually is something I cannot put into words.”