GLEN COVE, N.Y. (August 7, 2014) — The best women's amateur golfers grinded through, for some, more than 36 holes on Thursday during the round-of-32 and round-of-16 matchups. Now just eight players remain, including three of the tournament's top-five seeds.
Two-seeded Su-Hyun Oh (pictured) of Australia won her first match 4-and-3 before handing an absolute beating to reigning champion Emma Talley, winning 9-and-8. Oh rattled off four birdies on the front nine as she won nine consecutive holes after pushing the first hole with Talley.
She got the streak rolling on the par-three second hole when her two-foot birdie putt was conceded.
“When I hit it close, it was a good start,” Oh told the USGA. “It always helps when you go on a good start in match play.”
Oh will face recent Junior Girls PGA champion Kristen Gillman, who needed 20 holes in her first match of the day to defeat Celine Boutier of France. The 16-year-old from Austin, Tex. then knocked off Wisconsin native Casey Danielson to advance into the quarterfinals.
Three-seeded Andrea Lee, a Stanford University commit for 2016 from Hermosa Beach, Calif. will square off against 11-seed Eunjeong Seong of South Korea Friday morning. Lee won her Thursday matches 4-and-3 and 4-and-2 while the 14-year-old Seong needed 19 holes to defeat Liv Cheng of New Zealand in the round-of-16.
UCLA sophomore Allison Lee of Valencia, Calif., who entered match play as the five-seed, will battle 16-year-old Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, the lone Canadian woman left amongst the eight quarterfinalists. Lee won her round-of-16 match over Eimi Koga of Hawaii on the 19th hole while both of Henderson's matches didn't move past the 17th hole.
16-year-old Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Vailey, Ariz. and former Pepperdine All-American Grace Na round out the four quarterfinal matchups. O'Sullivan defeated Abe Lakareber, who shockingly ousted medalist Bethany Wu in the first round, in her first match of the day before moving on to beat Canadian Augusta James in 20 holes in the afternoon.
Na closed out her round-of-16 match against fellow Californian Lauren Kim on the 18th hole with a par to win two-up.
Reviewing the eight women left standing at Nassau Country Club, five players are from the United States, including three from the state of California. Three other nations are represented as one player each from Canada, South Korea, and Australia remain.
ABOUT THE U.S. Women's Amateur
The U.S. Women's Amateur, the third
the USGA championships, was first played
at Meadowbrook Club in Hempstead, N.Y.
event is open to any female amateur who
USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.
Women's Amateur is one of 13 national
championships conducted annually by the
10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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