Song, Thompson Lead 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Quarterfinalists
The 19-year-old Song, who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in June, is trying to join Pearl Sinn as the only players to win the WAPL and Women’s Amateur in the same year.
After ousting USC teammate Lizette Salas, 20, of Azusa, Calif., 4 and 2, in Thursday morning’s second round, Song recorded a 2-and-1 win over Cydney Clanton, 20, of Concord, N.C., in the afternoon’s third round on Old Warson’s par-71, 6,468-yard layout.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Song, who also earned low-amateur honors at the U.S. Women’s Open last month. “Obviously I am very confident going into [the quarterfinals] tomorrow. My short game is coming back.”
“My putting was bad both [rounds],” said Thompson, who is trying to become the seventh golfer in history to claim the Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur. “I just tried to be more confident over my putts in the second round. It just didn’t’ seem to work. I don’t know what I’m doing.”
Thompson, also a quarterfinalist at the 2007 Women’s Amateur as a 12 year old, said her previous appearance in the quarters won’t necessarily be an advantage. She’ll next face 16-year-old Han Jungeun of Korea, who advanced with a 5-and-4 victory over Lindy Duncan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“Every match is hard,” said Thompson, who has played in the last three U.S. Women’s Opens. “You can’t take it easy on anybody. You’ve got to make some birdies and you’ve got to go for it."
Jennifer Johnson, 18, of La Quinta, Calif., advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 win over Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif. Johnson will face Candace Schepperle, 21, of Birmingham, Ala., who ousted Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Canada., 3 and 2.
The 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur continues with the quarterfinal matches Friday. The semifinal matches are on Saturday and the 36-hole championship final will be played Sunday.
St. Louis – Results from the second and third rounds of match play Thursday at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur being conducted at the 6,468-yard, par-71 Old Warson Country Club:
Round of 32
Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif. (147) def. Amelia Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla. (151), 3 and 2
Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. (149) def. Whitney Neuhauser, Charlottesville, Va. (145), 3 and 2
Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Canada (150) def. Stacey Keating, Australia (146), 4 and 2
Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala. (148) def. Molly Aronsson, Shelburne, Vt. (150), 4 and 3
Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (150) def. Jodi Ewart, England (148), 2 and 1
Cyna Marie Rodriguez, Philippines (148) def. Leanne Bowditch, Australia (149), 1 up
Lindy Duncan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (141) def. Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (147), 2 up
Han Jungeun, Korea (146) def. Victoria Tanco, Argentina (143), 1 up
Jessica Korda, Bradenton, Fla. (139) def. Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind. (147), 6 and 5
Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (144) def. Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn. (149), 3 and 2
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (142) def. Brooke Beeler, Butler, Ill. (148), 3 and 1
Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (143) def. Caroline Masson, Germany (146), 3 and 1
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (147) def. Stephanie Sherlock, Canada (150), 2 and 1
Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (149) def. Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. (144), 2 and 1
Jennifer Song, Ann Arbor, Mich. (146) def. Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif. (142), 4 and 2
Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C. (150) def. Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y. (146), 2 and 1
Round of 16
Johnson def. Michaels, 3 and 2
Schepperle def. Leblanc, 3 and 2
Thompson def. Rodriguez, 2 and 1
Jungeun def. Duncan, 5 and 4
Korda def. Lee, 2 and 1
Lua def. Shin, 1 up
Kono def. White, 2 up
Song def. Clanton, 2 and 1
St. Louis – Pairings and starting times for the quarterfinal round of match play Friday at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur being conducted at the 6,468-yard, par-71 Old Warson Country Club (All times CDT):
Round of 8
8:15 a.m. Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif. (147) vs. Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala. (148)
8:25 a.m. Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (150) vs. Han Jungeun, Korea (146)
8:35 a.m. Jessica Korda, Bradenton, Fla. (139) vs. Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (142)
8:45 a.m. Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (147) vs. Jennifer Song, Ann Arbor, Mich. (146)