CARMEL, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2014) – Match play began Wednesday at the 48th California Women’s Amateur Championship. The story of the day was the upset of yesterday’s medalist Andrea Wong who fired a record breaking 64 in the qualifying round. Alexandra Sborov, who plays for Texas Christian University, ousted the medalist 4 & 3. After a solid front nine, Sborov was 3-up at the turn then made birdies at 11 and 12 to go 5-up. Wong, a U.C. Davis Aggie, fought back taking hole 14 with a par. They halved 15 with pars, leaving Sborov, the 32nd seed, with the win.
Sborov’s great play continued with her afternoon round of 16 match against Fresno State’s Laura Scrivner, the 17th seed. Sborov took the match 6 & 5 and is set to play Cal Berkeley’s Carmen Gutierrez Ballon in the quarterfinals.
Number 2 seed Hannah Sodersten, who plays for Fresno State, beat Yealimi Noh, the 2014 California Girls’ Junior Champion 3 & 2. In the afternoon round, Sodersten fell to Cal Poly’s Madison Hirsch who won 2-up. Hirsch will meet Northwestern’s Hannah Kim in the quarters.
Amanjoty Sangha, the third seed and a junior at San Mateo High, fell to Victoria Morgan of Pasadena. Morgan, who plays for USC, took the match 5 & 3 and went on to beat Cal Berkeley’s Alice Jeong 3 & 2 in the round of 16.
Sangha’s younger sister, Kiran, at 14, is the youngest player standing in the championship flight. Sangha defeated fellow 14-year-old Amelia McKee of Paso Robles 6 & 4 and went on to oust number 4 seed Beverly Vatananugulkit, a U.C. Davis player.
A noteworthy upset occurred in the round of 16 when 17-year-old Sydney Babiak of Martinez took down Stanford senior Mariko Tumangan with a 6 & 5 outcome.
It was a strange day at the Golf Club at Quail Lodge. After the round of 16, seven of the top seeds were heading home. Play continues tomorrow with the quarterfinals starting at 7:30 a.m. and the semifinals at 12:30.
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