Aug. 8, 2007
UCLA's threesome of golfers advanced to the second round of match play at the 107th U.S. Women's Amateur Wednesday at Crooked Stick GC in Carmel, Ind.
Each player experienced first-hand the grueling challenges of match play golf as none finished earlier than 18 holes. Incoming freshman Maria Jose Uribe defeated Lee Lopez of Whittier, 1-up. Sophomore Sydnee Michaels defeated Jennifer Ackerson of Allen, TX, in 20 holes. Junior Tiffany Joh edged Azahara Muñoz of Spain in 21 holes.
In a see-saw match, Uribe lost a 1-up lead, went down two holes, rallied to square the match with a birdie at the par 3 13th, fell behind one hole, squared the match again, took the lead at the 17th with a par and won with a par on the 18th. Uribe meets Candace Schepperle of Birmaingham, AL in the second round.
Michaels fell behind three holes, finally squared the match by winning the 17th and 18th with pars, and won with a par on the 20th hole (#2). On Thursday, Michaels faces Emma Jandel of Dayton, OH.
Joh outlasted Muñoz, a junior at Arizona State, in a nerve-wracking match that featured six straight halves after Joh had squared it at the 14th.
Should all three players win their second round matches, they will advance to the third round on Thursday afternoon. Joh faces Andrea Messer, who won her first round match in 27 holes.
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