Match-Play Cut Offers Two Different Tales
By Kent Zakour, USGA
Eugene, Ore. – After finishing her round with a heartbreaking bogey, 18-year old Joanna Coe of Mays Landing, N.J., slowly walked to the scoring tent and received a consolatory hug from her father and caddie, Michael.
Coe, the 2008 NCAA Division II national champion, was in the mix to advance to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur by carding a 2-over par 74 on Monday, but Tuesday’s 79 left her one stroke off the cut.
“I was hoping to be safe and go back to the hotel,” said Coe, a sophomore at Rollins
College in Winter Park, Fla. “[Nine over par was] not what we were looking for.”
The 64-player match-play cut came at 8-over par 152 with a 10-for-6 playoff.
As she approached reporters an emotional Coe fought back tears, but was able to compose herself and respond to questions like a seasoned professional.
“It’s obviously a great experience and I’ll be looking forward to doing it again and doing like the U.S. [Women’s] Open qualifying,” said Coe, who competed in her first USGA championship. “I am disappointed. I felt really good after yesterday’s round, felt really good after warming up, [but I] just left so many shots out there. It’s ridiculous.”
As a multi-talented athlete, Coe did not focus exclusively on golf until she entered college and discovered a lot about herself after playing in the most prestigious golf championship of her career.
“I learned that my short game [was awful]!” said Coe, who holds Oakcrest High School’s soccer record for goals and assists. “[Mid-range shots] are the most boring part of the game for me to practice. I hate putting, I hate chipping and I hate doing all that stuff because I’ve done all these sports all my life and that’s not really the athletic part of golf.
Coe now heads back to New Jersey and will continue to work on her game until school starts in a few weeks.
“You know these players out here; they just putt it; they stroke it in; they chip it close,” said Coe. “I just wasted so many shots and they didn’t do that.”
On the opposite side of the cutline was Michelle Shin, 17, Cape Coral, Fla., who made the cut comfortably after being tense after her morning round. Shin shot 74-75 to finish stroke play at 5-over 149.
“I left a lot of shots out there, said Shin, who reached the round of 32 at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur and was a semifinalist at the ’07 U.S. Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur Public Links. “But it doesn’t really matter as long as you make the cut.”
While signing her scorecard Shin, who missed the cut in her final U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago, asked where this cutline was going to be. At the time, it stood at six over, but that number was fluid with half the field still on the course.
Instead of scoreboard watching, Shin passed the time by “chill-axing, eating a lot, checking out the locker rooms and checking on the candy.”
Other notables not making the cut included 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., and two-time reigning U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Bolger of Oakland Park, Fla.
Kent Zakour is the USGA Media Relations summer intern. Contact him at email@example.com with any questions or comments.