August 08, 2013

Feng & Stasi Continue to Round of 32

Yueer Cindy Feng & Meghan Stasi defeat their opponents during Wednesday's matches to advance to Round of 32 matches at the US Women's Am

Yueer Cindy  Feng, of Orlando, and Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, have advanced to Round of 32 matches after their Round of 64 match victories at 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,was able to push past her barrier, advancing past the first round of match play in the US Women's Amateur for the first time in her nine tries.  Stasi defeated Austria’s Carolin Pinegger 2 & 1 in Wednesday's Round of 64 matches.  Stasi was able to get a handle on her putting after her challenging round during Tuesday's final stroke play round.  It was a great match, but Stasi's bogey-free round and three birdies gave her the edge to pull through and advance to Thursday's Round of 32 matches where she will face past opponent, Kelly Shon.  Shon previously defeated Stasi in her first and only appearance in the match play portion of the US Women's Amateur.  Stasi will face Shon at 8:40 AM on Thursday.

After being the clubhouse leader for a brief time on Tuesday, 17-year-old Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, defeated Saki Iida, of Gilbert, AZ, 5 & 4 during Wednesday's Round of 64 matches.  Feng took an early lead after the third hole and never lost it throughout the match.  On Thursday, Feng will face  Emily Collins, of Colleyville, TX.  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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