History was made at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball as seven teams shared medalist honors at stroke-play qualifying. That’s the most for any USGA championship, surpassing the six players who medaled at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Bandon Dunes.
During an unseasonably warm and windy day at The Home Course in DuPont, Washington, the seven sides finished at 11-under 133 to top a crowded leaderboard. A total of 32 teams advanced to match play, with an 8-for-5 playoff moving into a Monday finish.
Defending champs Thienna Huynh, 19, of Lilburn, Georgia, and Sara Im, 18, of Duluth, Georgia, carried their momentum into 2023 as they shared medalist honors thanks to a nine-hole record of 30 on the front nine.
Match play begins on Monday with the Round of 32. With the NCAA Championship being held this week in Arizona, few college players were able to qualify for the event due to scheduling. That leaves a number of hotshot teen tandems in the field. In fact, there were 18 players in the field this week between the ages of 12 and 15.
Two teams of 14-year-olds advanced.
Here are five more teams to watch heading into match play:
Anna Davis and Kiara Romero are one of seven teams to medal at the Four-Ball after rounds of 65-68. Davis, 17, gained national attention when she won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur sporting a bucket hat and chill demeanor. The Auburn commit competed in three professional majors as a result of that victory.
Romero, who is also 17, heads to Oregon this fall. She defeated Saki Baba in the second round of the Girls’ Junior last year. Baba, of course, went on to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur that summer in dominating fashion. Romero’s older sister, Kaleiya, helped Pepperdine advance to this week’s NCAA Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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