Valenzuela earns a spot in QF of U.S. Women's Amateur

Shannon Aubert's rally falls just short to teen phenom Lucy Li

Stanford sophomore and Olympian Albane Valenzuela moved into the quarterfinals after winning two matches Thursday. Photo by Casey Valentine/

Stanford senior Shannon Aubert came within a half-inch of forcing a playoff at the U.S. Women's Amateur in San Diego on Thursday. She struck her shot for par perhaps .00001 of a percentage point harder than needed and saw the ball ring out of the hole.

Cardinal sophomore Albane Valenzuela had more room for error in the round of 16. She didn't even need all 18 holes.

Lucy Li
Who knows, perhaps Aubert's conduct and competitive nature kindled an interest in Stanford for the 14-year-old Lucy Li.

Or, perhaps, it was just another plus for Li, who was, after all, born at Stanford.

She lives just a few miles north of Stanford up Highway 101 and has, no doubt, played a few rounds at the Stanford golf course.

Could this have been a glimpse of the future?

The top-seeded Aubert, third-seeded Haley Moore and fourth-seeded Stephanie Lau became the latest victims of higher seeds being eliminated.

Valenzuela, who has the No. 13 seed, is the second-highest remaining seeded left to No. 10 Lauren Stephenson.

Valenzuela took care of Lau, 4 and 3, while Li held on to beat Aubert, 1up. Li was 4up after 14 holes.

Video: Highlights from the Round of 16.

In the Round of 16, five of the eight matches were won by the lower seed. That followed a Round of 32 that saw half the matches won by the lower seed.

Still left in the field is No. 63 seed Chia Yen Wu and No. 51 seed Isabella Fierro. Li is the 48th seed.

Valenzuela meets a familiar foe is USC senior Robynn Ree, seeded 37th. Ree needed just 10 holes to reach the Round of 16, where she edged No. 12 Karen Miyamoto, 1up.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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