Kono and Lee Eliminated at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 12, 2011

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Senior Stephanie Kono and incoming freshman Erynne Lee were eliminated Friday in the quarterfinals of the 111th U.S. Women's Amateur at the Rhode Island Country Club.

Kono lost 5 & 4 to LSU All-American Austin Ernst in a match where she had trouble catching a break. Lee lost in 21 holes to Brooke Pancake.

A series of tough breaks, good shotmaking by her opponent and less than stellar putting sent Kono home. Down three at the 12th, Kono hit her short iron 20 feet below the hole, only to watch Pancake stiff her short iron to within a few feet. Kono conceded the birdie putt, missed hers and was down four. At the 13th, Kono missed a short birdie putt to win the hole, and instead settled for a halve. Down four with five to play at the 14th, she missed the green long with her approach. Ernst would earn a par, but Kono missed a five-footer to extend the match.

Lee held a 1-up lead through 15 holes until Pancake drilled at long birdie putt at the 16th to square the match. Ultimately, the two players would halve the next four holes with pars. At the 21st, Lee missed the fairway slightly to the right and her long approach missed the green left, while Pancake's shot from 111 yards found the fringe 20 feet away. Behind Pancake a few feet on the same line, Lee had to chip her ball over her opponent's and onto the green. She chunked it over Pancake's ball barely onto the green. Pancake putted first and missed four feet to the right. Lee rolled her par putt four-and-a-half feet past and missed the come-backer to end the match.

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