August 07, 2013

Stasi & Feng Advance to Match Play

Yueer Cindy Feng held clubhouse lead for a brief time at the US Women's Amateur

Yueer Cindy  Feng, of Orlando, and Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, have advanced to the match play portion of the 113th US Women's Amateur that is being held at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, SC, August 5-11.

Four-time US Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, fired an even-par 71 during Monday’s first round and followed with a five-over-par 76 during the final round of stroke play.  Stasi had a difficult start on Tuesday, bogeying six of her first 9 holes, but was able to battle back finishing even par on her back nine with two birdies in her last three holes. During Monday's round Stasi had five birdies that included a 20-footer at the club’s notoriously difficult par-3 11th to put her in prime position to advance.  Her father, Mike Bolger, will be on the bag all week as he has always been throughout her many achievements.

17-year-old Yueer Cindy Feng, of Orlando, was the clubhouse leader for a short time after she posted a three-under-par 68 during Tuesday's round.  Unlike on Monday, Feng’s scorecard featured three birdies and no bogeys, a score that was no doubt aided by the marked weather change from Monday to Tuesday.  On Monday the players dealt with 20-mph winds, but luckily they dissipated overnight which left the course more receptive to lower scores.  Feng took advantage of the better conditions during her second round, giving her the four seed heading in to Wednesday's Round of 64 matches. Feng recently advanced to the semi-final matches at the US Girls’ Junior Championship, as well as making the cut at the US Women’s Open earlier this summer.

The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play August 5-6, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play.  The schedule is as follows:

August 5 (Monday) – First round of stroke play
August 6  (Tuesday) – Second round of stroke play
August 7 Wednesday) – Round of 64 matches
August 8 (Thursday) – Round of 32 & Round of 16 matches
August 9 (Friday) – Quarterfinal matches
August 10 (Saturday) – Semi-final matches
August 11 (Sunday) – Championship match (36 holes)

The Country Club of Charleston will be set up 6,488 yards and will play to a par of 36-35—71.   The Country Club of Charleston was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1925.  Some of Raynor’s other works include Fishers Island, Fox Chapel outside of Pittsburgh (2002 Curtis Cup) and Yale Golf Club (1952 U.S. Junior Amateur). Raynor was a disciple of Charles Blair Macdonald, considered the father of American golf architecture.  The USGA Women’s Amateur Championship is open to any female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.

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