PONTE VEDRA, FL (June 21, 2011) -- As the day dawned everyone could see and smell the residue from the fires in Northern Florida and Southeastern Georgia that was being blown around the Sawgrass Country Club course That sometimes made it difficult to follow the flight of a golf ball. As the day progressed the smoke dissipated as the 2nd Qualifying Round at the Women’s Western Golf Association’s 111th National Amateur Championship was completed.
The low round of the day was a 66 shot by Madison Pressel, Boca Raton, FL, an incoming Junior in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Besides being on the Academic All Big 12 Team in 2011, she won the Big 12 Championship in April of this year. After her round she commented that she“really liked the course, especially after the wind picked up during the round, and everything went well making a lot of Birdies and staying away from the big numbers.” Her 5 Birdies with only oneBogey supported her statement.
Pressel’s two day qualifying total of 138 (72-66) was matched by Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, FL. (70-68). Stasi won the 2010 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and was a member of the 2008 United States Curtis Cup Team. Stasi’s round of 68 was also matched by both Mitsuki Katahira, Daytona Beach, FL, the current National Junior College Athletic Association Champion and a native of Tokyo,Japan, and Brittay Altomare, Shrewsbury, MA, a 2nd Team Golfweek College All-American who was also named to the All Atlantic Conference Team from the University of Virginia. Courtney McKim, Raleigh, NC, turned in the only score of 69.
Yesterday’s leader, Victoria Tanco, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Bradenton, FL, shot a 73 to match her 66 from yesterday. Cyna Rodriquez, St.Cruz, Manila, ThePhilippines, turned in a par 71 to match yesterday’s score of 70 to round out the top five seeds in the Championship Flight. Also turning scorecards with a 71 were Katie Burnett, Brunswick, GA, and Emma Lavy, Fayettevile, AR.