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Friendly FIRE
Kelley King
May 13, 2002
Preteen phenoms Mina Harigae and Sydney Burlison are best pals and big rivals
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May 13, 2002

Friendly Fire

Preteen phenoms Mina Harigae and Sydney Burlison are best pals and big rivals

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On march 25, the day the Sean Remen Memorial Classic was to be played at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, Sydney was the one feeling defeated. The previous evening, not long after getting off the telephone with Mina, she began to feel achy and feverish. When Sydney awoke the next morning with a 102� temperature, Bob made the call to withdraw his daughter from the event.

"The Burlisons never miss a tournament!" a surprised Mina said later that morning, before stepping up to the 1st tee and drilling a 230-yard drive down the center of the fairway. With her biggest competitor home with the flu, Mina breezed around the pine-studded course, winning the girls' championship with a four-over-par 76—a stroke better than the 16-year-old defending champion.

When Mina called the next day to gossip about the tournament—who was there, what they shot and what they wore—Sydney, whose throat still ached, let her friend do most of the talking. Less than 24 hours later, though, Sydney was on a flight to New Mexico to compete in an International Junior tour event, in which she would finish second in a field sprinkled with high school seniors. On May 14, in San Juan Bautista, Calif., there's a local qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open. Mina and Sydney wouldn't think of missing that one. Summer is around the corner, and it's time for someone to make a statement.

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