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Upsets abound in match play at U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

Princess Mary Superal
Princess Mary Superal watches her tee shot on the third hole during first round of match play of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Streamsong Resort. (USGA)

It was a day of upsets at the first round of play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Seven of the top 10 seeds entering the day lost their first-round matches in the round of 32 at Streamsong Resort in Streamsong, Fla.

The biggest upset came as No. 2 seed Sierra Brooks and Kristen Gillman lost 1-up to the sister duo of Nicole and Waverly Whiston. However the Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 seeds also lost their first round matches.

Local players and defending medalists Athena Yang and Kendall Griffin also lost as they fell by a 1-up margin to Hannah Leiner and Latanna Stone.

Medalists Pauline Del Rosario and Princess Mary Superal, of the Philippine National Team, managed a 3 and 2 victory in their match. No. 7 Hailee Cooper and Kaitlyn Papp, both from Texas, and No. 8 Yu Chiang Hou and Yu Sang Hou, sisters from Chinese Taipei, were the other two top-10 seeds that advanced.

It was a difficult day for some of the younger teams, but the mid-amateur teams experienced better results. Lauren Greenlief, 25, of Oakton, Va., the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, and Alexandra Austin, 23, of Burke, Va., won 3-and-1 over third-seeded Xinying Wang and Katherine Zhu. Katie Miller, 31, and Kristen Obush, 32, eliminated No. 4 seed Ashley Fitzgibbons and Maya Walton 3-and-1. And 27-year-olds Olivia Herrick and Samantha Sommers rolled 6-and-4 over sixth-seeded Madison Barnett and Amanda Doherty.

Full results:
Pauline Del Rosario / Princess Mary Superal def. Mikayla Fitzpatrick / Alisa Snyder, 3 and 2

Hana Ku / Jordan Lippetz def. Kaitlin Milligan / Sydney Youngblood, 19 holes

Yu Chiang Hou / Yu Sang Hou def. Morgan Baxendale / Emma Bradley, 2 and 1

Madelein Herr / Brynn Walker def. Janelle Johnson / Nichada Satasuk, 3 and 1

Katie Miller / Kristen Obush def. Ashley Fitzgibbons / Maya Walton, 3 and 1

Meghan Stasi / Dawn Woodard def. Tze Han Lin / Han Hsuan Yu, 20 holes

Yoonhee Kim / Yealimi Noh def. Evelyn Arguelles / Isabella Fierro 1 up

Angelina Kim / Brianna Navarrosa def. Savannah Grewal / Amelia Root, 4 and 3

Lower Bracket

Nicole Whiston / Waverly Whiston def. Sierra Brooks / Kristen Gillman 1 up

Sofia Chabon / Mikhaela Fortuna def. Alyssa Lamoureux / Alexa Pano 5 and 4

Hailee Cooper / Kaitlyn Papp def. Mary Ann Hayward / Judith Kyrinis, 6 and 4

Elizabeth Caldarelli / Emily Mahar def. Ellen Secor / Jessica Sloot, 20 holes

Alexandra Austin/ Lauren Greenlief def. Xinying Wang / Katherine Zhu, 3 and 1

Hannah Leiner / Latanna Stone def. Kendall Griffin / Athena Yang, 1 up

Olivia Herrick / Samantha Sommers def. Madison Barnett / Amanda Doherty, 6 and 4

Brooke Seay / Carolyn Zhao def. Julia Parker Dean / Megan Furtney, 1 up

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