Downey is Early Leader in Women's Amateur Qualifying

Scarborough, N.Y – A pair of 2-under-par 69s through the first two rounds catapulted 21-year-old Danielle Downey of Spencerport, N.Y., into a tie for medalist honors at the 102nd U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,190-yard, par-71 Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

Downey, playing in the morning group Tuesday, pulled even with Courtney Swaim, 22, of Sugar Hill, Ga., at 4 under. However, Swaim had an afternoon tee time and hadn't completed her second round. Swaim had bogeyed the third hole to fall to 3 under for the championship.

The highlight of Downey’s round came on the 453-yard, par-5 8th hole, where she carded an eagle. From about 200 yards away, Downey angled the ball in using a 7-wood.

“I was excited,” said Downey. “It was great. I couldn’t see the ball go into the hole because it was in the shade. But my two sisters, Erica (23 years old) and Melissa (20 years old) saw it and went nuts.”

In addition to the eagle, Downey birdied the 5th and 17th holes.

It hasn’t been easy for Downey. Not only does she carry her own bag, she sprained her left ankle a couple weeks ago while playing basketball and missed the N.Y. State Women’s Amateur. The ankle doesn’t bother her when she swings.

“I always carry my own bag,” said Downey. “I wouldn’t ask my sisters to carry it. It would torture them and I wanted them to enjoy it.”

Defending champion Meredith Duncan of Shreveport, La., who shot a 3-under 68 Monday, teed off in the afternoon. Duncan was playing with Kailin Downs, 19, of Bend, Ore., whose caddie is actor Bill Murray. Murray is a member at Sleepy Hollow.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is open to female amateur golfers who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4. Entries closed June 19.

After two rounds (36 holes) of stroke play, the lowest 64 scorers will advance to match play. The first two rounds of match play, consisting of 18 holes each, is scheduled for Wednesday, with the third round and quarterfinals set for Thursday. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday and the 36-hole final is set for Saturday.

Story written by Ken Klavon, USGA. Midday scores are forthcoming.

Scarborough, N.Y. – Scores at the half-way point of the second round of stroke-play qualifying in the 102nd United States Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,190-yard, par 71 course at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Danielle Downey, Spencerport, N.Y., 69-69--138
Aree Song Wongluekiet, Bradenton, Fla., 70-69--139
Jennifer Perri, Eden Prairie, Minn., 71-69--140
Walailak Satarak, Thailand, 72-71--143
In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., 73-70--143
Yvonne Choe, Temple City, Calif., 71-72--143
Angela Jerman, Columbus, Ga., 72-71--143
Naree Song Wongluekiet, Bradenton, Fla., 74-70--144
Vikki Laing, Scotland, 73-71--144
Chris Brady, Cary, N.C., 75-69--144
Becky Lucidi, Poway, Calif., 70-74--144
Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 72-73--145
Katherine Hull, Australia, 71-75--146
Heather Stirling, Scotland, 77-69--146
Sarah Jacobs, Whites Creek, Tenn., 75-71--146
D'Rae Ward, Weatherford, Texas, 74-72--146
Annie Thurman, Highland, Utah, 71-75--146
Shayna Miyajima, Wailuku, Hawaii, 72-74--146
Hana Kim, Los Angeles, Calif., 70-77--147
Courtney Clark, Del Rey Oaks, Calif., 73-74--147
Sally Krueger, San Francisco, Calif., 77-70--147
Kristy McPherson, Conway, S.C., 74-74--148
Robin Burke, Houston, Texas, 73-75--148
Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas, 71-77--148
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka, 73-75--148
Brenda Corrie Kuehn, Asheville, N.C., 77-71--148
Cecilia Barksdale, Columbia, S.C., 76-73--149
Alison Coffey, Northern Ireland, 75-74--149
Fame More, England, 78-71--149
Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo., 73-76--149
Marta Prieto, Spain, 73-76--149
Laura Myerscough, Charleston, Ill., 73-76--149
Amber Marsh, Jamestown, N.C., 74-75--149
Heather Angell, Winston-Salem, N.C., 75-75--150
Christine Boucher, Canada, 75-75--150
Mallory Code, Tampa, Fla., 75-75--150
Malinda Johnson, Eau Claire, Wis., 75-75--150
Mallory Crosland, Bethesda, Md., 75-75--150
Leigh Anne Hardin, Martinsville, Ind., 77-73--150
Anna Temple, Berkeley, Calif., 78-73--151
Bridget Dwyer, Kailua, Hawaii, 72-79--151
Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif., 76-75--151
Heather Zielinski, Sylvania, Ohio, 70-81--151
Leigh Turner, Alpharetta, Ga., 75-76--151
Amy Roux, Lincoln, Neb., 74-77--151
Kristin Tamulis, Naples, Fla., 76-76--152
Celeste Troche, Paraguay, 77-75--152
Dayna Burleigh, Horsham, Pa., 77-75--152
Sarah Sasse, Lincoln, Neb., 77-75--152
Paige Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash., 77-76--153
Jennifer Tannehill, Oklahoma City, Okla., 79-75--154
Leeann Fairlie, Oklahoma City, Okla., 76-78--154
Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y., 82-73--155
Brittany Straza, Fort Myers, Fla., 78-78--156
Erin Doyle, Lagrange, Ga., 76-80--156
Courtney Renfro, Altadena, Calif., 77-80--157
Meghan Spero, Rock Island, Ill., 81-76--157
Meredith Jones, Eugene, Ore., 78-79--157
Abbi Francis, Covington, Ga., 81-76--157
Joy Stephenson, Sanibel, Fla., 79-78--157
Erin Clasper, N Potomac, Md., 81-77--158
Ann Pohira, Winter Park, Fla., 76-83--159
Elizabeth Burden, Lake Bluff, Ill., 81-78--159
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 82-77--159
Courtney Pomeranz, Sanford, N.C., 78-82--160
Hope Edge, Hobart, Okla., 80-81--161
Sherry Herman, Marlboro, N.J., 81-80--161
Natalie McNicholas, Baltimore, Md., 82-79--161
Kirsten Davis, Eastham, Mass., 82-79--161
Corrie Tayman, Bethesda, Md., 81-81--162
Katie Jacobson, Grand Forks, N.D., 81-81--162
Sarah Davis, Raleigh, N.C., 81-81--162
Jolene Fellhauer, Grand Junction, Colo., 81-81--162
Terri Taibl, Elm Grove, Wis., 85-78--163
Jessica Lovell, Birmingham, Ala., 83-81--164
Jennifer Elsea, Upper Arlington, Ohio, 83-82--165
Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 85-81--166
Anne Fraser, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 86-85--171


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