Interesting matches at Women's Am
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
ST. LOUIS — There are a few interesting match-ups in the first round.
Kimberly Kim vs. Maude-Aimee Leblanc strikes me as one to watch. Kim, a USGA amateur championship veteran, will have her hands full with Leblanc, who finished her year at Purdue ranked 19th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Candace Schepperle finished her year at Auburn ranked 5th in our rankings, but she’ll have to handle the cameras and extra attention that come along with playing Cheyenne Woods.
Jenny Shin and Tiffany Lua have seen each other a bunch in junior golf as both are from California. I’m curious to see if Shin, the 2006 U.S. Girls’ champ, can rebound from a loss at this year’s U.S. Girls’ that seemed to hit her pretty hard.
Another big first-round match is this year’s U.S. Girls’ champ Amy Anderson against Auburn’s Cydney Clanton. Anderson is rapidly presenting herself as a huge force in women’s amateur golf. If she can get past a strong player like Clanton, a lot of people will take notice.
Not to get too far ahead, but there is one possible second-round match that is a definite must-see: Jennifer Song vs. Lizette Salas.
If the two USC teammates win in the first round, they will meet in the second round. How unfortunate is that? Two players at the tops of people’s lists to win the championship have to face each other in the second round. Brutal.