Determining Women's Am match-play cut

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Without hole-by-hole live scoring for the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur, it's very tough to tell where the 64-player, match-play cut will fall.

Old Warson Country Club is playing tough, and judging by the few players who have finished, not many scores will likely improve from Round 1.

Alexis Thompson, last year's U.S. Girls' Junior champ, has just a sliver of experience (joke) in USGA match-play championships. She estimated the cut is likely to double from Round 1, and if the wind were to pick up, you might as well add a stroke to that.

Thompson – who currently sits in a tie for 76th at 8-over 150 – could be onto something with her arithmetic. At last year's Women's Am, there was a 14-way tie for 56th at 4-over 76 after the first round, and the cut eventually fell at 8-over 152.

At the end of first-round play, there was a 15-way tie for 57th at 5-over 76 which included Thompson. If the cut falls at 10-over, Harvard may step up their recruiting and take a peek at Thompson. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.