Michaels Advances to U.S. Women's Amateur Quarterfinals

Aug. 12, 2010

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Sooner or later the blowouts cease and players find themselves in a fight for survival at the U.S. Women's Amateur. Such was the day of competition for two-time UCLA All-American Sydnee Michaels at the 110th version of the USGA's oldest women's amateur event at the Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, NC.

Michaels won twice on Thursday and found herself in the quarterfinals for the first time in five tries at this event. A veteran of 12 USGA events, she is the second oldest competitor in the final eight at age 22.

In her morning match, she dispatched in-state favorite Corrine Carr, 5 and 4. Her string of five pars and three birdies during an eight-hole stretch methodically unnerved her less-experienced opponent.

Michaels won 6 and 4 in her first round match on Tuesday.

Her third round match proved to be an old-fashioned dogfight. She held a 2-up lead through eight holes until her opponent, Jungeun Han of Korea, squared the match with a birdie at the ninth and a par at the 10th. They remained deadlocked through the 12th when Han birdied No. 13. Michaels squared the match with a par at 15 after Han three-putted. At the 17th, Michaels knocked her tee shot to four feet and took the lead with a clutch birdie. At the 18th, both players hit poor drives, but Michaels' lie was so bad that she was forced to chop out. Her third shot landed in a greenside bunker and she missed an eight-foot putt for bogey. Han's bogey sent the match to extra holes.

At the 19th, Han's wedge to the green found a bunker and she missed a downhill nine-footer for par. Michaels made a two-putt par to seal the victory and advance.

Michaels will face Pepperdine sophomore Danielle Kang of Thousand Oaks in Friday's quarterfinal match at 10:10 a.m. EDT. It will be a rematch of the Canadian Amateur two weeks ago in which Michaels beat Kang by two strokes to capture the title.

To read a story about Michaels' improved putting stroke written by the USGA's David Shefter click here.

For complete results and tee times, click here.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Feb 07
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Story
Monday, Feb 08
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Story
Tuesday, Feb 09
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
T-5th (+26, 878)
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Story
Monday, Feb 22
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Story
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
T-6th (+17, 881)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
1st (+4, 868)
Monday, Mar 21
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Wednesday, Mar 23
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
3rd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Friday, May 06 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Friday, May 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 21 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 22 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 23 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, May 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS