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Stanford women golfers fall in match play at U.S. Amateur

 

Stanford commit Brooke Seay recorded birdies on three of her final four holes to overwhelm Chinese Taipei's Pin-Wen Lu, 6 and 4, in Wednesday's Round of 64 of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

Seay grabbed the lead on the third hole and kept a stranglehold on it the rest of way, winning four consecutive holes. She lost one hole, the eighth, with her only bogey of the day. Seay came back to birdie the 11th, 13th and 14th holes to clinch the match.


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The 17th-seeded Seay meets No. 16 Chinese Taipei's Ya Chun Chang in the Round of 32 on Thursday, with a 7:10 a.m. start. Chang won her first match, 5 and 3, over Canada's Hannah Lee.

Stanford golfers Ziyi Wang, Albane Valenzuela and Mika Liu weren't as fortunate, each losing their first-round matches.

Wang struggled early, shooting bogies on four of the first nine holes to fall behind, 2 up. She parred the next five holes but her opponent, Alice Duan, birdied three of them to take control of the match. Duan won, 4 and 3.

Duan meets Redwood Shores' Lucy Li on Thursday. The top-seeded Li downed Adeena Shears, 5 and 3. Shears won her spot in match play with a playoff victory over eight other golfers.

"It's match play, and anything can happen," Li said. "I've had matches where I've been 5 up, 4 up and gone all the way to the last hole, so it's definitely really important to push down the pedal and try to get it done. I feel like I've been playing really solid the whole week, and I've just got to keep that going."

Valenzuela and Bianca Pagdanganan were involved in a highly-competitive match that came down to the final shot. Valenzuela made up for four bogeys through the first six holes with four birdies and was 1 up after a birdie on the 10th hole.

Pagdanganan retook the lead on the 14th hole and both golfers parred the rest of the way. Valenzuela was the runner-up at last year's event.

Liu grabbed the lead after the first hole but England's Annabell Fuller, who played in the Curtis Cup, won the next three holes and never trailed again.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USGA

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