Anderson sits atop Women's Am

Monday, August 3, 2009

Amy Anderson was an unknown when she took the title at the U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago. Now at the top of the leaderboard after Round 1 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Anderson no longer has the element of surprise.

The 17-year-old from Oxbow, N.D., fired a 3-under 68 at Old Warson County Club in St. Louis, Mo., and was one of just six players in the field to score under par.

“I feel like I have a good shot at doing pretty good here,” Anderson said. “I have more expectations than I did before. You definitely want to do it again.”

Ha Na Jang and Kimberly Kim, who lost to Anderson, 6 and 5, in the finals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior, are one shot back. Kim already has one U.S. Women’s Amateur title under her belt, becoming the youngest player to win the championship in 2006.

“I played good on a hard course,” Kim said of her round. “My ball striking was very good and my putting was good.”

Lizette Salas, a rising junior at USC, Marina Alex and Danielle Kang are tied for fourth at 1-under 70.

– USGA contributed to this report