In Round 1 of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, it seemed like so many of the matches were ones we would expect to see in the quarterfinals: Jessica Korda vs. Stephanie Kono; Alex Marina vs. Victoria Tanco; and Cydney Clanton vs. Tiffany Lua.
Five times in the last eight years, a teenager has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. In 2006 Kimberly Kim won the event as a 14 year old. The oldest player over the last eight years to win the championship was a 21-year-old Amanda Blumenherst in 2008.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur starts Monday in Charlotte, N.C. There will be no Kimberly Kim, Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Song or Jennifer Johnson this year. So who’s left? Here are my top five players to watch at Charlotte Country Club:
Another week of amateur golf, and another week where my picks didn’t exactly pan out the way I predicted. That’s OK, because it has given me some things to think about as we get closer to the U.S. Amateur.
What a crazy and exciting week from the world of amateur golf! I was in Ada, Mich., for the U.S. Junior Championship, where Jim Liu became the event’s youngest champion. Who did he surpass in the record books? That would be Mr. Tiger Woods.