Finley, Cox tie for fifth, move to match play in U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship

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Gianna Clemente, 13, of Warren, Ohio – the youngest player in the field for the 6th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship – recorded her second career hole-in-one to propel herself and partner Avery Zweig, 14, of McKinney, Texas, to a second consecutive round of 3-under-par 69 and a share of medalist honors with two other teams on Sunday at Maridoe Golf Club.

Clemente and Zweig – who is one of ten 14-year-olds in the 126-player field for the championship, birdied the par-3 14th hole on Saturday, and Clemente went one better on the 146-yard hole on Sunday, jarring her 7-iron shot to help the duo join two sides – Yale golf teammates Ami Gianchandani and Kaitlyn Lee; and fellow teen tandem Paris Hilinski and Alexa Pano – atop the stroke-play leader board.

Thirty-one teams are set for Monday’s first round of match play, with one spot yet to be decided. Five teams finished tied at 4-over-par 148, and after three playoff holes, the sides of Carlota Palacios, 19, of Spain and Jennifer Rosenberg, 21, of Laurel Hollow, N.Y.; and Ariel Gonzalez and Vania Simont, both 17 of Mexico, will return at 7:30 a.m. CDT on Monday to decide who claims the No. 32 spot in match play.

Katie Finley of Ardmore and her North Texas University teammate Lauren Cox of Orange, Texas, shot consecutive rounds of 2-under 70 to tie for fifth place in stroke play. They will play their first-round match at 11:48 a.m. against Loralie Cowart of Winston, Ga., and Ava Merrill of Johns Creek, Ga., who shot rounds of 71-74.

What’s Next:

The top 32 sides will compete in the match-play Round of 32 on Monday. The Round of 16 will be contested Tuesday morning and the quarterfinal round will take place in the afternoon. The semifinal round and 18-hole final will take place on Wednesday.

Notable:

  • Two of the four USGA champions in the field advanced to match play: 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Lauren Greenlief and partner Katie Miller Gee earned the No. 5 seed, while four-time Women’s Mid-Am champion Meghan Stasi and Dawn Woodard are the No. 30 seed. The two oldest players in the field, Ellen Port(seven USGA titles: four Women’s Mid-Ams and three Senior Women’s Ams) and Laura Tennant (two-time defending Senior Women’s Am champion) finished at 9-over 153 to miss the cut by five strokes. Stasi and Port have also competed in the Curtis Cup Match for the USA, while Port captained the winning 2014 USA side in her hometown of St. Louis, Mo. The 2021 Match will be played Aug. 26-28 in Wales.
  • Kathryn Muzi, of Newport Beach, Calif., who attends the University of Southern California but wasn’t on the Trojans’ travel roster for this week’s Pacific-12 Conference championship, competed as a one-person side and finished at 7 over. Her partner, Crystal Wang, was unavailable due to a college commitment. Kyle Fraser, of Fort Worth, Texas, also played as a one-person side when partner Camry Tardy suffered an undisclosed injury. Fraser, a former lacrosse player at Stanford, finished at 19 over.
  • Two sets of sisters made match play: twins Jasmine and Janae Levao of Oceanside, Calif., combined for a 1-under 143 total, while Maria Fernanda Martinez and Maria Jose Martinez, of Mexico, tied for the low score of the day on Sunday (4-under 68) to finish at even-par 144.
  • Grace Summerhays, of Scottsdale, Ariz., whose brother Preston won the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness Club, and partner Sydney Bryan, of Mesa, Ariz., shot even-par 144 to make match play. Grace’s father, Boyd, who is caddieing for her this week, is a former PGA Tour player and the instructor for world No. 12 player Tony Finau.
  • Nine players from the host state of Texas made it to the match-play bracket, third-most among states. California led the way with 12, while Florida had 11 players. Georgia was next-most with four. Pending the outcome of the 2-for-1 playoff on Monday for the No. 32 spot in match play, 19 states are represented, as well as Mexico and Canada.

Carrollton, Texas – Partial results from Sunday’s second round of stroke play at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, played at 6,342 -yard par-72 Maridoe Golf Club. Play was suspended due to darkness. Playoff will resume Monday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Paris Hilinski, Palm Beach, Fla. & Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. 70 – 68 — 138

Ami Gianchandani, Watchung, N.J. & Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, N.Y. 69 – 69 — 138

Gianna Clemente, Warren, Ohio & Avery Zweig, McKinney, Texas 69 – 69 — 138

Jillian Bourdage, Tamarac, Fla. & Casey Weidenfeld, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 69 – 70 — 139

Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va. & Katie Miller Gee, Oakmont, Pa. 70 – 70 — 140

Lauren Cox, Orange, Texas & Katie Finley, Ardmore, Okla. 70 – 70 — 140

Tiffany Cao, Midlothian, Texas & Chelsea Romas, Coppell, Texas 71 – 70 — 141

Thienna Huynh, Lilburn, Ga. & Sara Im, Duluth, Ga. 71 – 70 — 141

Lauren Clark, Orlando, Fla. & Kaitlyn Schroeder, Jacksonville, Fla. 70 – 72 — 142

Reagan Gray, Missouri City, Texas & Jacqueline Nguyen, Houston, Texas 70 – 72 — 142

Sophie Linder, Carthage, Tenn. & Karoline Tuttle, Lake Mary, Fla. 69 – 73 — 142

Anna Davis, Spring Valley, Calif. & Lucy Yuan, San Diego, Calif. 70 – 73 — 143

Meghan Royal, Carlsbad, Calif. & Anika Varma, India 72 – 71 — 143

Sarah Beqaj, Canada & Britta Snyder, Ames, Iowa 72 – 71 — 143

Tiffany Le, Covina, Calif. & Kate Villegas, Arcadia, Calif. 72 – 71 — 143

Janae Leovao, Oceanside, Calif. & Jasmine Leovao, Oceanside, Calif. 74 – 69 — 143

Melena Barrientos, Plano, Texas & Rylie Heflin, Avondale, Pa. 73 – 70 — 143

Sydney Bryan, Mesa, Ariz. & Grace Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz. 73 – 71 — 144

Sophie Simon, Potomac, Md. & Rebecca Skoler, Needham, Mass. 73 – 71 — 144

Jordan Fischer, North Ft. Myers, Fla. & Chloe Kovelesky, Boca Raton, Fla. 74 – 70 — 144

Maria Fernanda Martinez, Mexico & Maria Jose Martinez, Mexico 76 – 68 — 144

Bailey Dunstan, Little Rock, Ark. & Kelley Topiwala, Charlotte, N.C. 73 – 72 — 145

Vanessa Ho, San Diego, Calif. & Karen Tsuru, Carlsbad, Calif. 72 – 73 — 145

Taylor Ledwein, New Prague, Minn. & Megan Welch, Lakeville, Minn. 74 – 71 — 145

Madelyn Gamble, Pleasant Hill, Calif. & Hannah Harrison, Granite Bay, Calif. 72 – 73 — 145

Savannah Barber, Fort Worth, Texas & Alexa Saldana, Mexico 72 – 73 — 145

Loralie Cowart, Winston, Ga. & Ava Merrill, Johns Creek, Ga. 71 – 74 — 145

Ashley Chow, Canada & Katie James, Pittsburgh, Pa. 74 – 71 — 145

Sarah Kahn, Windermere, Fla. & Samantha Vodry, Little Elm, Texas 72 – 73 — 145

Meghan Stasi, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. & Dawn Woodard, Greenville, S.C. 75 – 71 — 146

Jensen Castle, West Columbia, S.C. & Marissa Wenzler, Dayton, Ohio 76 – 71 — 147

Carlota Palacios, Spain & Jennifer Rosenberg, Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 77 – 71 — 148

Ariel Gonzalez, Mexico & Vania Simont, Mexico 79 – 69 — 148

Kim Benedict, Bonita Springs, Fla. & Kelli Pry, Tampa, Fla. 72 – 76 — 148

Chloe Lauer, France & Myah McDonald, Kaneohe, Hawaii 76 – 72 — 148

Kate Strickland, Lincoln, Neb. & Kate Tilma, Wichita, Kan. 75 – 73 — 148

Clare Sorensen, Roseville, Calif. & Kelly Wilson, El Dorado Hills, Calif. 74 – 75 — 149

Sammi Lee, Winter Park, Fla. & Mary Ellen Shuman, St. Simons Island, Ga. 77 – 72 — 149

Brooke Biermann, Wildwood, Mo. & Julia Misemer, Overland Park, Kan. 75 – 74 — 149

Emerson Blair, West Point, Miss. & Anna Heck, Memphis, Tenn. 77 – 72 — 149

Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, Pa. & Samantha Yao, Berwyn, Pa. 80 – 70 — 150

Riana Mission, Las Vegas, Nev. & Yana Wilson, Henderson, Nev. 76 – 74 — 150

Angel Lin, Canada & Bibilani Liu, Cupertino, Calif. 75 – 75 — 150

Katherine Muzi, Newport Beach, Calif. & Crystal Wang, Diamond Bar, Calif. 77 – 73 — 150

Oihana Etxezarreta, Spain & Anna Kittelson, Boise, Idaho 77 – 73 — 150

Darla May Dela Torre, Fairfield, Calif. & Varsha Ramachandran, San Jose, Calif. 75 – 75 — 150

Amber Li, Bellevue, Wash. & Wenna Zhang, Sammamish, Wash. 78 – 73 — 151

Evelyn Arguelles, Mexico & Hanna Harrison, Dallas, Texas 78 – 73 — 151

Riley Lewis, Edwardsville, Ill. & Gracie Piar, East Alton, Ill. 80 – 71 — 151

Laney Frye, Nicholasville, Ky. & Maria Villanueva, Spain 78 – 73 — 151

Alexis Hios, Rye, N.Y. & Noelle Maertz, Clark, N.J. 75 – 77 — 152

Shelly Edwards, Boulder, Colo. & Erin Houtsma, Denver, Colo. 78 – 74 — 152

Kimberly Dinh, Midland, Mich. & Ashley Mantha, Ann Arbor, Mich. 78 – 74 — 152

Daniela Chipchase, Colombia & Naomi Ramirez Aizawa, Mexico 77 – 75 — 152

Lauryn Nguyen, Seattle, Wash. & Suzie Tran, Poulsbo, Wash. 78 – 75 — 153

Montgomery Ferreira, Tacoma, Wash. & Lily McCauley, Olympia, Wash. 77 – 76 — 153

Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. & Lara Tennant, Portland, Ore. 77 – 76 — 153

Alexa Udom, Portland, Ore. & Momo Udom, Portland, Ore. 79 – 76 — 155

Samantha Brown, Westfield, Ind. & Michaela Headlee, Carmel, Ind. 79 – 77 — 156

Megan Propeck, Leawood, Kan. & Amanda Sambach, Davidson, N.C. 79 – 78 — 157

Angelina Kim, Tenafly, N.J. & Claire Lu, Edison, N.J. 83 – 75 — 158

Gabrielle Shieh, Carlisle, Mass. & Anne Walsh, Boston, Mass. 81 – 78 — 159

Maria Fernanda Calleja Pineda, Mexico & Maria Garcia Arroyo, Mexico 80 – 80 — 160

Kyle Fraser, Fort Worth, Texas & Camry Tardy, Arlington, Texas 82 – 83 — 165

 

Monday Round of 32 Pairings, Hole #1

9:00 am – Janae Leovao, Oceanside, Calif. & Jasmine Leovao, Oceanside, Calif. (143)  vs. Melena Barrientos, Plano, Texas & Rylie Heflin, Avondale, Pa. (143)

9:12 am – Thienna Huynh, Lilburn, Ga. & Sara Im, Duluth, Ga. (141) vs. Madelyn Gamble, Pleasant Hill, Calif. & Hannah Harrison, Granite Bay, Calif. (145)

9:24 am – Lauren Clark, Orlando, Fla. & Kaitlyn Schroeder, Jacksonville, Fla. (142) vs. Taylor Ledwein, New Prague, Minn. & Megan Welch, Lakeville, Minn. (145)

9:36 am – Jillian Bourdage, Tamarac, Fla. & Casey Weidenfeld, Pembroke Pines, Fla. (139)  vs. Sarah Kahn, Windermere, Fla. & Samantha Vodry, Little Elm, Texas (145)

9:48 am – Meghan Royal, Carlsbad, Calif. & Anika Varma, Roseville, Calif. (143) vs. Jordan Fischer, Fort Meyers, Fla. & Chloe Kovelesky, Boca Raton, Fla. (144)

10:00 am – Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va. & Katie Miller Gee, Oakmont, Pa. (140) vs. Ashley Chow, Canada & Katie James, Pittsburgh, Pa. (145)

10:12 am – Anna Davis, Spring Valley, Calif. & Lucy Yuan, San Diego, Calif. (143)  vs. Maria Fernanda Martinez, Mexico & Maria Jose Martinez, Mexico (144)

10:24 am – Paris Hilinski, Palm Beach, Fla. & Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. (138)  vs. TBD

10:36 am – Ami Gianchandani, Watchung, N.J. & Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, N.Y. (138) vs. Jensen Castle, West Columbia, S.C. & Marissa Wenzler, Dayton, Ohio  (147)

10:48 am – Tiffany Le, Covina, Calif. & Kate Villegas, Arcadia, Calif. (143) vs. Sydney Bryan, Mesa, Ariz. & Grace Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz. (144)

11:00 am – Tiffany Cao, Midlothian, Texas & Chelsea Romas, Coppell, Texas (141) vs. Savannah Barber, Fort Worth, Texas & Alexa Saldana, Mexico (145)

11:12 am – Reagan Gray, Missouri City, Texas & Jacqueline Nguyen, Houston, Texas (142) vs. Vanessa Ho, San Diego, Calif. & Karen Tsuru, Carlsbad, Calif. (145)

11:24 am – Gianna Clemente, Warren, Ohio & Avery Zweig, McKinney, Texas (138)  vs. Meghan Stasi, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. & Dawn Woodard, Greenville, S.C. (146)

11:36 am – Sarah Beqaj, Canada & Britta Snyder, Ames, Iowa (143) vs. Sophie Simon, Potomac, Md. & Rebecca Skoler, Needham, Mass. (144)

11:48 am – Lauren Cox, Orange, Texas & Katie Finley, Ardmore, Okla. (140)  vs. Loralie Cowart, Winston, Ga. & Ava Merrill, Johns Creek, Ga. (145)

12:00 pm – Sophie Linder, Carthage, Tenn. & Karoline Tuttle, Lake Mary, Fla. (142) vs. Bailey Dunstan, Little Rock, Ark. & Kelley Topiwala, Charlotte, N.C. (145)


 

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