Medalist in danger at Women's Am

ST. LOUIS — Medalist Danielle Kang is following up her seven-birdie, three-bogey performance in the second round of stroke-play qualifying with an equally up-and-down first-round match against Amelia Lewis.

Lewis took a 2-up lead through two holes but Kang fought back to not only square the match but take a 2-up lead of her own through seven holes. However, she lost the next two holes to go all square against Lewis.

Kang could have put herself in even more of a deficit on the tenth tee.

Kang told Lewis that she was going to be switching golf balls. Lewis asked her if it was the same type of golf ball, and Kang said it wasn’t. Lewis informed Kang that that might be against USGA rules, and Kang, who appeared to have no idea of such a rule, called over the rules official.

He informed both that Kang could not use a different type of golf ball. Kang then teed off with a conforming ball.

I spoke to the official, and he said that for all USGA competitions, they choose to enact the one-ball rule which says a player may not switch types of golf balls in a round.

If Kang had teed off with the different ball, she would have automatically lost the hole and gone 1-down. In stroke-play, it’s a two-stroke penalty.

Essentially, Lewis did Kang a huge favor by telling Kang about the rule.

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