IRVING, TX (May 1, 2016) - After making the cut in her first LPGA tournament on Friday Karah Sanford finished the Volunteers of America 6-over and tied for 51st. Sanford shot a final round 6-over 77 after being even-par through the first 54-holes.
Sanford's best round was the second when she posted a 2-under 69. She had four birdies and two bogey's during her Friday round and didn't record a birdie after the fourth hole.
Two other amateurs made the 36-hole cut as Alabama freshman Cheyenne Knight (-1) finished tied for 29th. Maddie Szeryk (+5) of Texas A&M struggled during the third round and missed the 54-hole cut by four-strokes.
14-year-old amateur Karah Sanford has made the cut at this weeks LPGA's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Sanford is even-par after her first 36-holes and she had to battle on Friday to finish inside the cut line.
After a first round 2-over 73 Sanford, from Escondido, CA, looked to be in danger of missing the cut following two bogeys during her first four holes on Friday. However, she was able to turn her day around playing bogey-free golf the rest of her way while also carding four birdies. All four of Sanford's birdies came during a five hole stretch from No's. 6-10. Sanford ended the second round with a 2-under 69 and comfortably made the cut in her first LPGA Tour event. She is currently in a tie for 45th.
“It would be so fun to go into the weekend playing with more pros and getting more experience,” Karah Sanford told reporters after her Friday round.
Sanford has also made a connection this week with LPGA Tour star Stacy Lewis as both players unfortunately have had to play golf with scoliosis. Lewis was diagnosed at the age of 11 and underwent surgery to solve the aliment while she was playing at the University of Arkansas. Despite the surgery and the health to play a full LPGA Tour schedule Lewis still has to manage her back on a daily basis. Sanford was diagnosed six years ago when she was 8.
“We actually kind of shared some stories,” Stacy Lewis said in an interview with Dallas Morning News. “I think our doctors have talked to each other.”
Sanford, a Drive, Chip and Putt finalist two years ago, has not let scoliosis slow her down. She is one of the top junior players in the country and was one of four amateur qualifiers for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout after surviving an 100 player field that included high school and college players.
Two other amateurs have also made the cut at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. The University of Alabama's Cheyenne Knight (-3) is currently tied for 14th after under-par rounds of 70-69 while Maddie Szeryk (+1) of Texas A&M is tied for 56th.
-The Golf Channel and Dallas Morning News contributed to this story