Anacona leads Women's Western as storms halt play
Ela Belen Anacona (WWGA photo)
Ela Belen Anacona (WWGA photo)

A pair of mid-afternoon storms forced the suspension of second-round play at the Women’s Western Amateur at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Golf, Ill., on Wednesday. When play was called, 57 players were still on the course.

Ela Belen Anacona, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, held the top spot on the leaderboard overall at 4-under with five holes still to play when the final weather stoppage came at 4:14 p.m.

The second round will resume at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, with the top 32 players after 36 holes qualifying for match play. The championship match is set for Saturday.

“I was confident from tee to green,” said Anacona, 18, an incoming freshman at the University of Arkansas. “I think that was the difference for me today.”

Anacona, started her second round on the 10th tee Wednesday. She had just hit her tee shot on the par-3 fifth – her 14th hole of the day – into a greenside bunker when play was suspended.

“I was tired, but I wanted to play anyway,” she said.

Sixty players finished their second round, with Antonia Matte, 16, of Santiago, Chile, posting the low 36-hole score of even-par 144. Matte is an incoming high school junior.

Sarah Shipley, of Hastings, Mich., was one back of Matte at 145 and is looking forward to the start of match play.

“I love match play, it is my favorite,” said Shipley, 21, a senior at the University of Kentucky. “I play more aggressive and comfortably. I have to give myself good chances.”

Play was stopped twice on Wednesday. The first suspension, called at 3:12 p.m., lasted just 45 minutes, with play resuming at 3:57 p.m. Just 17 minutes later, a second storm developed, forcing officials to suspend play for what proved to be the remainder of the day.

Report courtesy of Women's Western Golf Association

Results: Women's Western Amateur
WinMISarah ShipleyHastings, MI700
Runner-upChileAntonia MatteChile500
SemifinalsColombiaMaria BohorquezColombia400
SemifinalsLABrooke TyreeSulphur, LA400
QuarterfinalsPACaroline WrigleyWexford, PA300

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ABOUT THE Women's Western Amateur

Held without interruption since 1901, the Women's Western Amateur has one of the most storied histories of any major amateur 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 organized golf club or women’s golf group that is a current WWGA member.

Awards: W. A. Alexander Cup – Champion; ‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Trophy – Finalist; Margaret Lenz Trophy – Medalist; Medals - Champion, Finalist, Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists.

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