Ko falls at Australian Women's Amateur

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko’s quest to defend her title at the Australian Women’s Amateur ended Friday as the 15-year-old New Zealander fell in the second round of match play. Ko, the top-ranked amateur in the world, fell to Victoria’s Jo Charlton, 2 and 1, at Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne. Ko also is the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

Ko had finished 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying tied at 4-under 140 with Grace Lennon. Ko took the No. 2 seed while Lennon took the top spot on the match-play bracket.

Australian Minjee Lee advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Cathleen Santoso on the 19th hole. Lee won the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur in June, and is No. 2 in the R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

American mid-amateur Meghan Stasi lost to Kotone Hori of Japan, 5 and 4, in Round 2.

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