Son moves into match play at U.S. Women’s Amateur, faces Ruiz in first round

Shannon Aubert, 21, of France, earned medalist honors by posting a near-record 36-hole total in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the par-72, 6,423-yard San Diego Country Club.

Aubert, a rising senior at Stanford University, carded eight birdies and just two bogeys in shooting a 6-under 66 in Tuesday’s second round of stroke play. That gave the 2017 Florida Women’s Amateur champion a 36-hole total of 135, two off the scoring record achieved last year by 2016 USA Curtis Cup competitor Mariel Galdiano at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.

Yujeong Son of Norman successfully advanced into match play, shooting rounds of 72-74 for a 2-over 146 and tying for 23rd. Match play was to begin this morning after conclusion of a playoff involving 11 women for the eight final qualifying spots. Son will face Ana Ruiz of Mexico in the first round at 10:30 a.m. Live scoring can be found at www.usga.org. Son is currently ranked No. 55 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

After playing in challenging conditions on Monday afternoon, Aubert who started on No.10, took advantage of her morning start with four birdies over her first six holes. Her first bogey came on the par-5 16th, but she quickly answered with a birdie on the 324-yard 17th. She would add three more birdies over her last nine holes, before the California winds picked up in the afternoon.

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