Wednesday, August 5, 2009

U.S. Women's Amateur Wednesday: Day of Upsets

Check out the live scoring tree for the U.S. Women's Amateur! Some big names won't be advancing to the Round of 32.

Medalist Danielle Kang? She lost 2 & 1 to playoff winner for the 64th spot, Amelia Lewis.

Kimberly Kim, who was runner-up in both the Women's Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Girls Amateur events this season? She lost 5 & 3 to Maude-Aimee Leblanc.

Top Korean amateur Ha Na Jang? She went 1-down on the 15th to Molly Aronsson and ended the match that way.

Amy Anderson, who had a chance to medal at both the Girls and Women's Amateurs this year? She lost 3 & 2 to Cydney Clanton.

Not everyone got upset. Jennifer Song, Lizette Salas, Alexis Thompson, Stephanie Kono, Candace Schepperle, Sydnee Michaels, Whitney Neuhauser, Taylor Karle, Victoria Tanco, Jessica Korda, Natalie Sheary, and Tiffany Lua all won their 1st matches.

Some good matches coming up tomorrow, but the best are Salas vs. Song and Michaels vs. Neuhauser.

[Update 1 (7:42 pm): David Shefter has more on the USGA blog. A few tidbits I noticed from looking at scorecards: you can tell how tall or short a plyer is by how high her head appears in her head shot (having the competitors' head shots side-by-side adds another layer of fun!); Korda's win was very impressive, as she eagled the par-5 16th against (the much shorter) Grantham's birdie to go 1-up and held on with pars on 17 and 18; K2 and CW played badly, 5-over and 7-over, respectively for as far as they got in their matches, but the former never won a hole and the latter fought back to all square several times; Karle won on the 7th playoff hole by making a birdie on a par 3; Salas and Song both won 3 & 1, although the former did it in a comeback and the latter did it after almost losing a 5-up lead with 7 to play.]

[Update 2 (7:54 pm): Beth Ann Baldry has more on K2. More good details from The Amateur Blog over at Golfweek, too, but I was left cold by their lack of "complete" coverage.]

[Update 3 (7:58 pm): Ryan Herrington gives his preseason rankings for men's and women's college golf. Lots of the players in this event will be playing on the NCAA in the fall.]

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