VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (July 17, 2008) –Georgetown rising senior Chelsea Curtis, 115th ranking amateur in the country, won the endurance race in today’s double rounds on Pinehurst No. 2 for the Women’s North and South Amateur Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals after a successful 44 holes of play.
Curtis was 3-down after seven holes in the first match of the day against 14th ranked veteran amateur Virginia Grimes. But she quickly rallied with birdies on the ninth and 10th holes to set the match at all square.
Curtis won the 13th with a bogey putt but failed to hole her par putt on the 15th to again set the match to all square, where it would remain until Grimes bogeyed the par-5 5th hole to give the victory to Curtis on the 23rd hole.
Wake Forest inbound freshman Cheyenne Woods (niece of Tiger) won her first match against Sara Grantham 3 & 2, pitting her against Curtis in the third round of match play.
The afternoon match was all square at the turn, turned to 2-up Woods after she won the 13th and 14th holes; and went back to all square with Curtis’ birdie putt on 15 and par on the 16th to Woods’ bogey.
The match remained all square through 17 and 18 with pars.
Woods punched out of the trees to mid-fairway on the second playoff hole after halving the first, and came up short on a 12-foot par attempt to Curtis’ missed par opportunity to take the match to the par-4 third hole of No. 2.
Woods’ second shot out of the left fairway bunker hit the lip but bounced favorably to just short of the green. But Curtis’ second shot set her ball to within four feet from the hole to birdie and win the match.
“It was the third time I’d been in a playoff here, so I had some experience in it,” said Curtis following the third round. “It’s been a long day, and I was able to pull it off.”
Curtis tees off at 7:52 am, the final quarterfinal round on Friday, against Jamestown, N.C. native Courtney Crane.
Crane quickly defeated 3-seed Ryann O’Toole 5 & 4 in the afternoon match after O’Toole carded five bogeys on the front and never recovered.
Both defending champion Alison Walshe and medalist Jennie Arsenenault lost in morning matches, leaving Aussie Kristie Smith as the only top-5 seed -- and the only one of seven to card an eagle in today’s play – to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal rounds.
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-Furman rising senior Blair Lamb continues to be one to watch after winning the morning match against Walshe 4 & 3 and beating Aussie Stacey Keating on the 20th hole in third-round matches. Lamb carded birdies on 4, 7, 8 and 9 in the afternoon to Keating’s birdie on 7 and eagle on 8 to set the match to 1-up over Lamb at the turn. Keating would birdie the 12th and 13th holes to go to 2-up, but bogeyed the 16th and parred the 18th to Lamb’s birdie to go all square. Keating bogeyed the second playoff hole to lose the
-Pelham, N.Y. native Nanette Hill carded five birdies and an eagle on the front nine of the morning’s matches, but failed to advance after falling Clearwater-native Courtney Harter on the 19th hole.
-After winning her first match 2-up, Marika Lendl gained a quick lead in the afternoon’s match against Winterhaven, Fla.-native Tyrette Metzendorf to go 3 up at the turn.. Lendl birdied the 13th, bogeyed the 15th and birdied the 16th to take the match to 4 & 3.