Maddie Szeryk, the 2017 Women's Western Amateur champion
ELMHURST, IL (June 17, 2017) - Maddie Szeryk
of London, Ontario Canada won the Women's Western Amateur Championship, with a 3&1 win in the final match at River Forest Country Club.
Szeryk, who just finished her junior year at Texas A&M University and who is a member of Canada's National Amateur Team, defeated Dylan Kim of Sachse, TX in the 36-hole final match. It was a well-played match, particularly in the morning round, where Szeryk had six birdies and had the equivalent of a five-under-par round to take a three hole lead into the afternoon. Kim too played well, making birdie on all four par threes in the morning round and shooting three under par.
But Kim, who finished her sophomore season at Baylor University but intends to transfer to another school, never got closer to two down from that point onward. Skeryk's lead was two holes with two to play, and when Kim could not win the seventeenth, she conceded the hole and the final margin was 3&1.
Both players shot one-under 143 in stroke play qualifying, second only to the medalist Allisen Corpuz of Waipahu, Hawaii.
They then proceeded to win five matches each to reach the final. In the semifinals, Kim beat Sarah White of Calrdonia, MI 5&4 while Szeryk birdied the eighteenth hole to hold off Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, TN.
ABOUT THE Women's Western Amateur
Held without interruption since 1901, the Women's
Amateur has one of the most storied histories of any
golf event. 36 holes of stroke play qualifying
determines 32 players
for match play. Matches consist of 18 holes each
until the final
match which is 36 holes.
Entries are open to amateur girls and women who 1)
have an up-
to-date 18-hole USGA Handicap
Index not to exceed 7.4 under the USGA Handicap
System, or a
state or international equivalent
handicap system, and 2) are members of a properly
club or women’s golf group that is
a current WWGA member.
Awards: W. A. Alexander Cup – Champion;
‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Trophy –
Margaret Lenz Trophy – Medalist; Medals -
Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists.
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