U.S. Women’s Am: Round of 64 rewind
Juliana Murcia Ortiz vs. Mia Piccio
Result: Ortiz, 3 and 2
Turning point: Ortiz built up a 5-up lead through 12 holes but started to waver, losing both the 14th and 15th. She drained a lengthy birdie putt on the 16th to close the match.
Ortiz’s best Amateur finish: debut
A word from the winner: “I was thinking (on No. 16) I needed to make that putt. I cannot let this keep going.”
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U.S. Women’s Amateur (Round of 64)
The three co-medalists have moved on to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Danielle Kang vs. Grace Na
Result: Kang def. Na, 2 and 1
Turning point: Kang brings match back to all square when Na misses a 2-footer for par. She took control with a par on the 10th after a Na three-putt and never let up.
Kang’s best Amateur finish: Round 1
A word from the winner: “It’s so hard playing a friend, but especially hard playing her.”
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Junthima Gulyanamitta vs. Daniela Lendl
Result: Gulyanamitta, 3 and 2
Turning point: Purdue’s Gulyanamitta had control of the match from No. 5 on.
Gulyanamitta’s best Amateur finish: Round 1
A word from the winner: “I just got it over with because I was so hungry.”
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Calle Nielson vs. Sarah Ababa
Result: Nielson, 2 and 1
Turning point: Up-and-downs on Nos. 15 and 16 gave Nielson the confidence she needed.
Nielson’s best Amateur finish: Round 1
A word from the winner: “It’s all mental. I learned a lot about myself going through pressure situations.”
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Jessica Korda vs. Stephanie Kono
Result: Korda, 3 and 2
Turning point: Korda points to a par save from 20 feet on the third hole as a confidence boost. She led from No. 6 to finish.
Korda’s best Amateur finish: 2009 quarterfinals
A word from the winner (reaction on playing Curtis Cup teammate Kono): “Oh no! I don’t like this. It just stinks that we had to play.”
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Amira Alexander vs. Stacey Miller
Result: Alexander, 19 holes
Turning point: Four-up with five to play, Alexander lost three consecutive holes and headed into the 18th, 1 up. A bogey from the 16-year-old took the match into overtime. Miller’s surge ended with a three-putt on the first extra hole (No. 1).
Alexander’s best Amateur finish: debut
A word from the winner: “The heat kinda got to me.”
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Rachel Rohanna vs. Isabel Han
Match result: Rohanna, 1 up
Turning point: Rohanna won the par-5 12th hole when she made an 8-footer for par and Han made bogey, giving Rohanna a boost of confidence on the greens.
Rohanna’s best Amateur finish: Missed cut in 2009
Word from the winner: “It was a close match, we were both playing decent. It could go either way when we’re both just not on our game or completely off.”
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Marina Alex vs. Victoria Tanco
Match result: Alex, 2 and 1
Turning point: Tanco was 1 down at the par-4 16th, and barely missed a birdie putt that curled around the lip.
Alex’s best Amateur finish: Round of 64, 2009
A word from the winner: “She’s an unbelieveable player, she hits the ball so well. I knew that I had to get something together.”
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Cydney Clanton vs. Tiffany Lua
Match result: Clanton, 1 up
Turning point: Clanton dropped a birdie putt to go 1 up heading into the long par-4 13th. Lua couldn’t catch up after another Clanton birdie at 15.
Clanton’s best Amateur finish: Round of 16, 2009
A word from the winner: “I think we both played pretty well and we both were pretty consistent in our golf and so it just ended up being an equal match.”
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Brooke Pancake vs. Corrine Carr
Match result: Carr, 20 holes
Turning point: Carr made back-to-back 5-footers for par at Nos. 17 and 18 to stay all square with Pancake and force extra holes.
Carr’s best Amateur finish: Missed cut in 2009
A word from the winner: “I hit the ball really well. I didn’t putt very well until I had to but I guess better late than never.”
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Caroline Hedwall vs. Rebecca Lee-Bentham
Match play: Hedwall, 19 holes
Turning point: Down 2 after No. 15, Hedwall won No. 15 with a par then dropped a 15-footer at No. 17 to square the match.
Hedwall’s best Amateur finish: debut
A word from the winner: “I wasn’t hitting it good the front nine and then I hit a good shot on No. 12 and I kind of got the feeling back.”
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Erynne Lee vs. Isabelle Lendl
Match play: Lee, 19 holes
Turning point: Lee got to 1 up on Lendl with a birdie at the 16th, but nearly missed her second shot out of thick rough at 18, briefly allowing Lendl back in.
Lee’s best Amateur finish: Semifinalist, 2008
A word from the winner: “Today was the first day I became a victim of the rough.”
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Scores from the Round of 64 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, played August 11 at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club:
Rachel Rohanna def. Isabel Han
Marina Alex def. Victoria Tanco, 2 and 1
Cydney Clanton def. Tiffany Lua, 1 up
Kristen Park def. Jessica Negron, 1 up
Doris Chen def. Becca Huffer, 4 and 3
Jennifer Kirby def. Brittany Altomare, 4 and 3
Sara-Maude Juneau def. Anna Kim, 4 and 3
Emily Tubert def. Beverly Mendoza, 3 and 2
Brooke Pancake def. Corrine Carr
Sydnee Michaels def. Lisa Maunu, 6 and 4
Jungeun Han def. Amy Anderson, 7 and 5
Ariya Jutanugarn def. Nicole Zhang, 2 and 1
Sally Watson def. Margaret Shirley, 2 and 1
Juliana Murcia Ortiz def. Mia Piccio, 3 and 2
Danielle Kang def. Grace Na, 2 and 1
Gabriella Then def. Julia Borland, 3 and 1
Jaclyn Sweeney def. Jaclyn Jansen, 6 and 5
Junthima Gulyanamitta def. Daniela Lendl, 3 and 2
Calle Nielson def. Sarah Ababa, 2 and 1
Aimee Neff def. Natalie Sheary, 2 up
Caroline Hedwall def. Rebecca Lee-Bentham, 19 holes
Stephanie Sherlock def. Hannah O’Sullivan, 6 and 4
Nicole Vandermade def. Ai Miyazawa, 2 and 1
Kelly Shon def. Meghan Stasi, 4 and 3
Erynne Lee def. Isabelle Lendl, 19 holes
Moriya Jutanugarn def. Joy Trotter, 2 and 1
Lizette Salas def. Stephanie Meadow, 2 and 1
Lisa McCloskey def. Karen Chung, 5 and 4
Kristin Walla def. Brooke Beeler, 2 and 1
Jessica Korda def. Stephanie Kono, 3 and 2
Candace Schepperle def. Stefanie Kenoyer, 3 and 2
Amira Alexander def. Stacey Miller, 19 holes