Aug. 12, 2010
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.