PINEHURST, NC (August 9, 2005) -- Wednesday began with an early start as twenty-five contestants were forced to return at 7:00 a.m. to complete their second round of qualifying. A thirteen for one playoff was needed to complete the 64-player match play field. Kelly Froelich of Athens, GA won the playoff in order to meet defending Champion Morgan Pressel. Froelich, a native of Paris, won the first hole with par to strike first. Pressel won the 2nd hole to square the match. Through the 10th hole, each hole was halved with pars. Both players turned the front nine at even par 37. On the 11th, Pressel made her second birdie of the match to take her first lead of the day. Pressel went on to win the 12th and 14th holes while Froelich won the 13th giving Pressel a 2 up lead through 14. Holes 15 and 16 were halved for a 3 & 2 Pressel victory. Pressel is attempting to be the first back to back Champion since Beth Bauer accomplished this in 1998 and 1999. Pressel will meet Coutney Mahon of Fayetteville, AR at 7:30 a.m. Mahon defeated Melissa Sneller 5 & 4.
In the upper half of the draw, four of the top 16 seeds were defeated. Laura Mengelkamp of Dover, PA defeated the 16th seed, Melissa Sneller, 3 & 2. Salanee Henderson of Apple Valley, CA defeated the 8th seed, Shannon Yocum on the 21st hole. Nancy Mountcastle of Durham, NC defeated the 4th seed and first round leader, Stacy Lewis 2 up. Lauren Hunt of Little Rive, SC defeated the 13th seed, Mandy Goins on the 19th hole. Sophia Sherida and Morgan Olds, both ranked 23rd in the Golfweek rankings advanced to the second round.
In the lower half of the draw, Allison Walshe of Westford, MA got off to an early lead making the turn 4 up. The only hole she would lose to Jessica Hauser would be the 10th, but she made up for it with a win at the 12th and 13th holes to close out the match 6 & 4.
Walshe captured medalist honors this morning posting rounds of 69-72 for a four under par 141. Paige MacKenzie, the #3 ranked amateur won her first round match 4 & 3. MacKenzie has had success in the sandhills. She won the Trans National Amateur in July at nearby Mid Pines. Upsets were in the mix in the lower half as well. Laura McCaslin of Columbia, SC defeated the 15 seed, Lauren Harling, 2 & 1. Carol Green of Tazwell, VA upset the 10th seed Katie Davidson 2 up. In the biggest upset of the day, Karen Lotta defeated the #2 seed, Charlotte Campbell. Lotta won the match on the 19th hole with a par. The 11th seed also went down to the 54th seed. Dayna Burleigh of Horsham, PA defeated Carly Truitt of Marsville, OH 2 & 1.
Second round action will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. Third round matches are scheduled for Thursday afternoon.