Editors Note: Story by Judy Anderson of
DAYTON, OH (June 24, 2016) -- In the first
Championship flight match this morning, Lydia Gumm,
the finalist from last year’s Women's Western Amateur
115th National Amateur Championship, faced 15-year-
old Mikhaela Fortuna, a resident of Dasmarinas City in
the Philippines. Fortuna started out well in the match
and had a 3 up lead after 13 holes. Gumm fought back
to win holes 14, 15, 16, and 17 to take a 1 up lead into
No. 18. Fortuna won the 18th hole and the match went
to extra holes. Both hit great shots but Fortuna won
22nd hole to take the match.
In other morning matches, Sophia Schubert, Oak
Ridge, Tennessee, defeated Maddie Szeryk, London,
Ontario, Canada, 1 up; Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio,
defeated Grace St-Germain, Orleans, Ontario, 2 up:
Kelly Whaley, Farmington, Connecticut, def. August
Kim, St. Augustine, Florida, 3&2. A highlight of this
round was Kim’s hole-in-one on the 128 yard 7th hole,
the sixth ace of the tournament.
The first match of the afternoon session was
Schubert versus Mikhaela Fortuna. Schubert won the
first hole and Fortuna won the fifth hole to even the
score. The match remained all-square until the 10th
hole when Schubert made a bogey and Fortuna took
control from there to take the match at 3&2.
The second match of the afternoon put together
Jillian Hollis and Kelly Whaley. Both of their mothers
played college golf in the 1980’s. Jillian’s mother was
Sharon Minnich who played at both North Carolina
University and Ohio State University and Kelly’s mother
was Suzy McGuire who played at the University of
Carolina where Kelly will a sophomore this fall.
Hollis and Whaley have become great friends
through Junior Golf events and are even staying
together in local housing this week. They requested it
and were placed with David and Joanne Cronin whose
daughter Ellie also participated in the event. Talking
with them before their match they seemed kind of
about the whole thing. The mood changed once the
ball was hit. Whaley took an early lead when she
the 4th hole. In a tightly contested match where many
holes ended up all-square, Jillian Hollis nailed her drive
on the par-3 2nd to win the match on the 20th hole.
The Championship’s final match to determine the
winner will be played on Saturday. The first 18-hole
round will be begin at 7:30 am. There will be an
approximately 45 minute break between the first and
second 18 hole rounds.