US WOMEN’S AMATEUR: KO MAKES THE QUARTERFINALS

10/08/2012

World No.1 Lydia Ko has safely advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur by winning two matches on Thursday (local time), while medalist Hyo-Joo Kim, of Korea, was defeated in the third round at the 5954m, par-72 course at The Country Club in Ohio.

Ko scrambled out of deep rough on the 18th hole to outlast Celine Boutier, 18, of France, 1 up, in the round of 16. Meanwhile Nicole Zhang, the 20 year old from Canada produced the upset of the tournament when she defeated Kim, 1 up.

Leading by one hole, Ko drove deep into the right rough on the 18th hole of her match with Boutier. The French player followed by hitting safely to the back of the green from the middle of the fairway. With a good lie and the match on the line, Ko aimed at the green with a pitching wedge. She missed it left and short, but avoided a greenside bunker.

Ko chipped to within 1.2m of the hole. When Boutier failed to make a 12m for birdie, Ko stroked the putt into the middle of the hole for the halve and the win.

“It was lucky,” said Ko, the low amateur at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open. “If I go in that bunker, it’s a hard shot.”

It was the second tough match Ko survived on Thursday. In the morning’s second round she defeated Amy Anderson, 20, of Oxbow, N.D., a 2012 USA Curtis Cup player and the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion, 3 and 2.

Ko will face Paula Reto of South Africa in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 1:05pm (local time).

Zhang ended Kim’s hopes. Neither player led by more than one hole. Zhang took a 1-up lead at the 10th. Kim, playing in her first national match-play championship, won the 11th with a birdie, but the superb iron play she had used all week failed her in the closing holes. Zhang took the 13th with a par to go 1 up and held on to win by the same margin.

After morning rain softened the course, Zhang was hitting longer shots into the greens than she had all week. On holes where she had hit seven-iron under dry conditions, she was forced to use a five wood.

“I found it a lot more difficult because it was so wet,” Zhang said. “I managed to get it up and down and I’ve definitely liked my game the last few days.”

Two Americans remain in the field: Erynne Lee, 19, of Silverdale, Wash., and Jaye Marie Green, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla.

Match-play rounds continue on Friday with the four quarterfinal matches, 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.

All eight quarterfinalists are exempt into the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the Country Club of Charleston.   

Results

Cleveland – Results from Thursday morning’s second round of match play at the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 5954m, par-72 course at The Country Club:

Upper Bracket

Hyo-Joo Kim, Korea (136) def. Isabelle Lendl, Goshen, Conn. (146), 2 and 1

Nicole Zhang, Canada (144) def. Cyna Rodriguez, Philippines (143), 4 and 3

Jayvie Marie Agojo, Philippines (145) def. Natalie Gleadall, Canada (141), 1 up

Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (144) def. Maia Schechter, Takoma Park, Md. (149), 5 and 4

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (149) vs. Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. (146)

Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas (142) def. Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (144), 4 and 3

Madeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho (149) def. Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (145), 1 up

Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (149) def. Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif. (148), 1 up

 

Lower Bracket

Lydia Ko, New Zealand (137) def. Amy Anderson, Oxbow, N.D. (146), 3 and 2

Celine Boutier, France (143) def. Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (148), 1 up

Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (147) def. Diana Fernandez, Paraguay (149), 6 and 5

Paula Reto, South Africa (141) def. Bronte Law, England (147), 2 and 1

Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (139) def. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (145), 6 and 4

Ashlee Dewhurst, Australia (144) def. Breanna Elliott, Australia (143), 20 holes

Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C. (147) def. Sarah Beth Davis, Victoria, Texas (149), 3 and 2

Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (149) def. Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (144), 2 and 1

 

Cleveland – Results from Thursday afternoon’s third 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 Bracket

Nicole Zhang, Canada (144) def. Hyo-Joo Kim, Korea (136), 1 up

Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (144) def. Jayvie Marie Agojo, Philippines (145), 4 and 3

Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. (146) def. Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas (142), 2 up

Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (149) def. Madeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho (149), 3 and 1

 

Lower Bracket

Lydia Ko, New Zealand (137) def. Celine Boutier, France (143), 1 up

Paula Reto, South Africa (141) def. Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (147), 4 and 2

Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (139) def. Ashlee Dewhurst, Australia (144), 3 and 2

Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (149) def. Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C. (147), 2 and 1

 

Pairings

 

Cleveland – Pairings for Friday’s quarterfinal 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 (All times EDT):

 

Upper Bracket

12:45 p.m.       Nicole Zhang, Canada (144) vs. Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (144)

12:55 p.m.       Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. (146) vs. Marijosse Navarro, Mexico (149)

 

Lower Bracket

1:05 p.m.         Lydia Ko, New Zealand (137) vs. Paula Reto, South Africa (141)

1:15 p.m.         Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (139) vs. Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (149)

 

 

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