Editors Note: Story by Judy Anderson of WWGA
Purdue's August Kim
(Purdue Athletics Photo)
DAYTON, OH (June 23, 2016) -- Despite a brief rain
delay, all scheduled matches were completed at the
Women’s Western Golf Association’s 116th National
Amateur Championship at Dayton Country Club in
Dayton, Ohio. Those players in Championship Flight
played two rounds while all the other flights played one
In the morning round, Haylee Harford defeated
defending champion Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn 1 up.
Harford defeated last year’s semifinalist Molly Skapik in
yesterday’s match. Harford, a resident of Leavittsburg,
Ohio, attends Furman University whose team made it to
the Final 24 teams at the recent NCAA Women’s Golf
Division I Championship. Skapik played in an AJGA
tournament at the Furman University Golf Course when
she was a sophomore in high school and decided that
Furman was where she wanted to play college golf. She
won her state high school golf title twice, once as a
freshman, and once as a senior and won the Ohio
Women’s Amateur Championship in 2015.
Meanhwhile Lydia Gumm, the finalist at the WWGA
2015 National Amateur Championship, defeated Kylie
Raines, Dublin, Ohio, a student at the University of
Indianapolis. Gumm, a Radcliff, Kentucky resident,
plays for Florida State University and was named All-
ACC first team for 2015-2016. As a junior golfer, she
was named Miss Kentucky State Golfer five times.
Gumm defeated Hayford on the 19th hole in the
afternoon match. Gumm said that this was her most
difficult match so far as she was 3 down after five holes
before Gumm fought back to being all square after
birdies on holes 11 and 12.
Tomorrow Gumm will face Mikhaela Fortuna, a 15-
year-old from the Philippines. In other Championship
flight matches, Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
who attends the University of Texas, will face Texas
A&M student Maddie Szeryk, who hails from Ontario,
Canada. Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio, will face Grace
St-Germain, Orleans, Ontario. Jill just completed her
freshman year at the University of Georgia which was
granted the distinction as having the best Freshman
Class by Golfstat. In the last match, Kelly Whaley, who
hales from Farmington, Connecticut, and plays for the
University of North Carolina, will play St. Augustine,
Florida resident August Kim, who attends Purdue
In other flights, Oakwood player Ellie Cronin lost to
Kelly Anderson, Wheaton, Illinois, on the 24th hole.
Alyssa Burritt, Dayton, defeated Kasey Nielsen, Kent,
Ohio, 4&2. Madison Wolters, Centerville, lost her match
to Jacqueline Setas, East Lansing, Michigan.
Tomorrow the play for all flights will commence
starting at 7 a.m. The Championship Flight will play a
second afternoon round.
ABOUT THE Women's Western Amateur
Field: Limited to the low 144 players. Foreign
entries are welcome.
Format: Match Play. Tournament played at
scratch. 36-hole stroke-play qualifying round.
Low 64 qualifiers shall constitute the
Championship flight with the final round being
36 holes. All other players will qualify into
flights of 16 with the final round being 18
holes. No consolation.
Entry Requirements: Entries are open to
amateur golfers who (1) were females at
(2) have an 18-hole USGA Handicap Index of
10.4 or less, (3) are members of a golf club
golf organization/association that is a current
member of the WWGA.
Caddies: All players shall walk. A player may
provide her own caddie, carry her bag or
employ a club caddie, if available. A player
caddie for another player.
Awards: W. A. Alexander Cup – Champion;
‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Trophy –
Margaret Lenz Trophy – Medalist; Augustus
Maschmeyer Cup – four players from the
state; Derby Cup – two players from the same
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