Top seeds advance at California Women's Amateur
Alison Lillie
Alison Lillie

CARMEL, Calif. — There were a number of big wins, but none of the top seeds found themselves the victim of an upset.

No.2 seed Yoonhee Kim, No.3 seed Anna Zhou and No.4 Stephanie Lau all moved on through the Round of 64, as match play began at this week’s California Women’s Amateur Championship at par-72 Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club.

Kim, a senior at Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon, turned on the jets on the back-nine to get by No. 63 seed Virgie Velazquez, 3 and 2. All-square through the first eight holes, Kim won hole No.9 and later won holes No.11 through No.13 in succession to take the victory.Kim’s win was a lot of work compared to the victories by Zhou and Lau.

Zhou, the runner-up at this year’s San Francisco City Amateur, cruised to an 8 and 6 opening win, while Lau, who hails from Fullerton, marched on with a 7 and 6 victory.

No.1 seed Alison Lillie didn’t have to play in the Round of 64. Lillie, a junior at the University of San Francisco who also resides in Fullerton, will open Thursday morning’s Round of 32 against No.32 Amanjoty Sangha of San Mateo.

Other players starting off with big wins were Jiyoon Jin of Rancho Mirage (6 and 5), Alexandra Sborov of Pleasanton (7 and 6) and Orcutt’s Desiree Gillaspy (7 and 6).

Jessica Fore, who won the NCGA Junior Championship in 2014, squeaked out a 19th hole win over Katherine Zhu of San Jose. Rocklin’s Lynne Cowan, who was looking for a record fifth CWAC title, was ousted by Emily Rotter of Fremont, 2 and 1.

Thursday’s play will consist of both the Round of 32 in the morning and the Round of 16 in the afternoon. Friday’s action will consist of the quarterfinals and semifinals. The 18-hole championship match will tee off Saturday morning.

Past champions of the CWAC include current LPGA Tour members Mina Harigae and Natalie Gulbis and legend Juli Inkster.

ABOUT THE California Women's Amateur

The California Women’s Amateur Championship was founded in 1967 and played at Pebble Beach Golf Links until 1987 when the Championship was invited to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, where the tournament remains to this day.

36-hole stroke play qualifying round, 18 holes each day, to determine 32 players for match play. Prizes will be awarded to the Champion, Runner-up, Semifinalists, Quarterfinalists and the 36-hole Low Gross Medalist from qualifying rounds.

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