Four Australasians survive at US Amateur
BY Bruce Young | US Womens Amateur Tour | 2012 US Women's Amateur | Day Three | 09 Aug 2012
Australasian golfers have experienced mixed results on the opening day of Match Play at the US Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club in Cleveland in Ohio.
Seven players from either Australia or New Zealand made it through the stroke-play qualifying and four remain in the field after the first round of match play results were decided today.
The number two qualifier Lydia Ko defeated American Amy Beth Simanton 4&3 in a match which the New Zealander took control of after losing the very first hole to a birdie by Simanton.
Australian Su Hyun Oh defeated England’s Holly Clyburn 4&2 after winning her first three holes and controlling the match from that point.
Victorian Breanna Elliott was never behind in her match against American Casey Danielson and eventually won 3&2. Elliot’s eagle at her second hole gave her the impetus to move ahead early and she was never behind from that point.
Former Australian Amateur Champion Ashlee Dewhurst of Tasmania enjoyed an emphatic victory over American Alexandra Papell by the margin of 6&5. Dewhurst played her 13 holes in even par so while the victory was one sided it was as much a reflection on Papell’s poor play. Papell was 9 over par when the match finished.
The shock loss of the day came from the US Junior Champion Minjee Lee of Western Australia who went down in her match to Erynne Lee. To be fair to Minjee Lee however the American produced two eagles and four birdies in her round.
West Australian, Whitney Hillier, lost to American Isabelle Lendl after fighting back from an early deficit but going down 2&1 after losing two holes late. Lendl is the daughter of former tennis great Ivan.
US based Victorian, Mathilda Poulsen, went down to Frenchwomen Celine Boutier. Poulsen was never up in her match and by the turn was three down before losing 4&3. For Poulsen however she had done well to make the match play phase of the event after going through the qualifying process to get a start in the Championship.
In tomorrow’s second round two Australians will face each other, the downside being that one wil be eliminated from the event, the upside being that one will make it to round three. Breanna Elliott and Ashlee Dewhurst face each other.
Su Hyun Oh takes on American Maia Schechter, the 56th qualifier and Lydia Ko faces 34th qualifier American American Amy Anderson.
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