Winans, Fierro move into match play at U.S. Women’s Amateur

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Libby Winans of the University of Oklahoma and Isabella Fierro of Oklahoma State moved into match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Woodmont CC in Rockville, MD, by finishing in the top 64 after two rounds of stroke play. Fierro finished tied for 36th after consecutive rounds of 74 put her at 4-over. Winans tied for 48th after rounds of 73-76.

Kaitlin Milligan of Norman and OU missed the cut after rounds of 77-78.

Fierro is playing Gina Kim of Durham, N.C., today in the first round of match play. Winans faces Hailey Borja of Lake Forest, Calif. Live scoring and results here. 

Rachel Heck gained national attention when she made the cut in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open as a 15-year-old. Now three years later, she has loftier aspirations than just playing the weekend.

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Heck shot a 1-under-par 71 in the second round to earn medalist honors.  Her 36-hole total of 4-under 140 made her one of just seven players to break par in stroke play, the fewest since 2014.

Heck, 18, of Memphis, Tenn., is competing in her fourth consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur. She birdied four of her first eight holes in Round 2 and was one of three competitors in the 132-player field to post consecutive sub-par scores.

“The course is in perfect condition,” said Heck, an incoming freshman at Stanford University. “It’s pretty tight, so we were focusing on hitting fairways, hitting greens, not trying to do anything crazy. That’s kind of been my game plan and it’s worked out well so far.”

Three players finished two strokes behind Heck at 2-under 142 – Phoebe Brinker, of Wilmington, Del.; Valery Plata, of Colombia; and the No. 4 player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, Emilia Migliaccio, of Cary, N.C. First-round co-leader Rachel Kuehn rebounded from a tough start to earn the No. 8 seed. Starting on the 10th hole, she bogeyed the 11th and triple-bogeyed the 12th before playing even-par golf the rest of the way.

The Round of 64 is scheduled to begin at 9:50 a.m. EDT on Thursday, with Golf Channel broadcasting live from 4-7 p.m. EDT.

Due to Round 2 of stroke play being postponed on Tuesday, the Rounds of 32 and 16 will be played on Friday, and both the quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Saturday. The 36-hole championship match will take place on Sunday.

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