Women’s Western Amateur: Elite Eight set at Prestwick
Taylor Kehoe, Ellen Secor, & Sophie Burks
After Caroline Curtis and Blair Stockett were named co-medalists on Wednesday, the Women’s Western flipped the script to match play.
Cutting the field from 32 to eight in a single day, those who remain held their own through two rounds of match play.
Of the two co-medalists, Stockett was the only one to advance past the first round. Curtis was upset in the Round of 32 by 32-seed Farah Micaela 3&1. Micaela went on to be eliminated in the afternoon session by 17-seed Ellen Secor, 3&2. Secor will begin the day against 24-seed Brigitte Thibault who earned her spot by going 6&5 and 2&1.
Rounding out the top bracket is the match between 4-seed Erica Shepherd (6&4, 2&1) and 5-seed Sophie Burks (3&2, 4&3).
The bottom bracket saw its fair share of upsets as well. Stockett got past 31-seeded Noor Ahmed 1 up before losing in 19 holes to 15-seed Taylor Kehoe. Kehoe will square off against 7-seed Jackie Lucena who earned her Elite Eight spot by taking 10-seed Lauren Beaudreau to 20 holes.
14-seed Mary Parsons upset 3-seed Makenzie Niblett 3&2 to advance. She will face fellow underdog Chelsea Dantonio who beat a pair of Marissa’s on her way to the quarterfinals. 11-seed Marissa Kirkwood fell victim in the Round of 32 to Dantonio 5&4. In the afternoon session, Marissa Wenzler was eliminated by Dantonio 1 up.
Quarterfinal play begins at 8:00 am local time as the field will be cut from eight to two.
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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