World No.1 Lydia Ko and medalist Hyo-Joo Kim have safely advanced to the second round of match play in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on the 5954m, par-72 course at The Country Club.
Ko, the low amateur in last month’s U.S. Women’s Open, defeated Oregon’s Amy Beth Simanton 4 and 3.
The 20-year-old Simanton got off to a fast start with a birdie to win the first hole, but never again led in the match. At the second, Ko pulled all-square with a 1m birdie putt and went 1 up with a 4m putt for birdie at the fourth.
Ko’s pars won the sixth and seventh holes and she made a 5m putt for birdie to win the eighth and go 4 up. After an exchange of holes, Ko went 5 up with a birdie at the 13th and clinched the win on the 15th hole.
“My long game was fine and my putting felt good,” Ko said. “Although I misread a few putts, my stroke was good. In fact, everything was good.”
Meanwhile Kim overwhelmed American 14-year-old Megan Khang 7 and 6. Kim got off to a fine start, mastering the earlier holes that had bedeviled her in stroke-play qualifying. On the fifth, sixth and seventh, the hardest holes on the course, she made three birdie putts in the 7m range.
“My putter was working well today,” Kim said through an interpreter, her caddie, Euna Pak, a player who withdrew after the first qualifying round because of an elbow injury. “I’m happy with how I played today. With a match coming up tomorrow, I’ll try to get some rest.”
Also advancing were Amy Anderson, the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion and a member of the 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team, and Ariya Jutanugarn, 16, of Thailand, who won the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior.
Match-play rounds continue throughout the week with a 36-hole final scheduled for Sunday.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association, of which 10 are strictly for amateurs.
Other notables to advance include 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team members Austin Ernst and Lisa McCloskey, as well as 2012 Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up Ashlan Ramsey and 2008 Girls’ Junior runner-up Karen Chung.
Cleveland – Results from Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,512-yard, par-72 course at The Country Club:
Upper BracketHyo-Joo Kim, Korea (136) def. Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (149), 7 and 6Isabelle Lendl, Goshen, Conn. (146) def. Whitney Hillier, Australia (146), 2 and 1Cyna Rodriguez, Philippines (143) def. Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif. (148), 1 upNicole Zhang, Canada (144) def. Jaclyn Jansen, Effingham, Ill. (148), 6 and 5Natalie Gleadall, Canada (141) def. Grace Na, Alameda, Calif. (149), 2 and 1Jayvie Marie Agojo, Philippines (145) def. Emily Childs, Alameda, Calif. (147), 1 upMaia Schechter, Takoma Park, Md. (149) def. Alina Ching, Honolulu, Hawaii (141), 4 and 3Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (144) def. Holly Clyburn, England (147), 4 and 2Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (149) def. Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (139), 1 upJaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. (146) def. Jenna Hague, Canada (145), 6 and 4Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas (142) def. Haley Millsap, Pace, Fla. (149), 2 and 1Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (144) def. Jennifer Kirby, Canada (148), 22 holesMadeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho (149) def. Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (140), 3 and 1Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (145) def. Harin Lee, Bayside, N.Y. (147), 6 and 5Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (149) def. Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (142), 3 and 2Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif. (148) def. Casey Grice, College Station, Texas (144), 1 upLower BracketLydia Ko, New Zealand (137)def. Amy Beth Simanton, Lake Oswego, Ore. (149), 4 and 3Amy Anderson, Oxbow, N.D. (146) def. Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand (145), 1 upCeline Boutier, France (143) def. Mathilda Poulsen, Australia (148), 4 and 3Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (148) def. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada (144), 4 and 3Diana Fernandez, Paraguay (149) def. Brogan McKinnon, Canada (141), 19 holesJessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (147) def. Yueer Feng, People's Republic of China (145), 4 and 3Paula Reto, South Africa (141) def. McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn. (149), 6 and 5Bronte Law, England (147) def. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Thailand (144), 3 and 2Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (139) def. Jennifer Yang, Korea (149), 3 and 1Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (145) def. Samantha Swinehart, Lancaster, Ohio (146), 2 and 1Breanna Elliott, Australia (143) def. Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (149), 3 and 2Ashlee Dewhurst, Australia (144) def. Alexandra Papell, Boca Raton, Fla. (148), 6 and 5Sarah Beth Davis, Victoria, Texas (149) def. Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. (141), 3 and 2Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C. (147) def. Dottie Ardina, Philippines (145), 4 and 3Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (149) def. Minjee Lee, Australia (141), 5 and 4Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (144) def. Demi Frances Runas, Torrance, Calif. (147), 1 up
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