Scarberry moves on to match play in U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

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What a summer it has been for golfers from the People’s Republic of China. Shanshan Feng ended a two-year victory drought on the LPGA Tour in early July. Then two weeks ago, Lei Ye became just the second player from the country to win a USGA championship when she claimed the U.S. Girls’ Junior title. And a week earlier, Bo Jin advanced to the U.S. Junior Amateur final.

On Tuesday, Jin’s younger sister, Jiarui, made some history of her own in the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club. The 16-year-old carded a bogey-free, 6-under 66 – matching the lowest score of the week – in the second and final round of stroke play to share medalist honors with fellow teen Alexa Pano.

Pano, 14, of Lake Worth, Fla., the runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior, had earlier posted a 4-under 68 for a 36-hole total of 6-under 138.

No playoff was required for the final match-play spots as exactly 64 players posted 3-over 145 or better.  One of those advancing was ShaeBug Scarberry of Purcell, who shot a second-round 74 to finish at 3-over 147 and tied for 54th. She will play Gabriela Ruffels of Australia at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of match play.

Kaitlin Milligan of Norman did not make the cut after a second-round 79, nor did her University of Oklahoma teammate Ellen Secor of Portland, who shot rounds of 81-76.


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