Three parts ahead of the US Women’s Mid-Amateur
Megan Buck, of Easton, Mass., Sarah Gallagher, of Canton, Ga., And Jennifer Peng, of San Diego, Calif., All posted a 2-under-70 score on Saturday to share the lead after the first round stroke play in the 34th United States Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship held on the North Course at Berkeley Hall Club. Buck, 33, who was quarter-finalist in 2019, Gallagher, 48, and Peng, the youngest competitor on the pitch after turning 25 and becoming eligible for the event on July 10, were among the four players. to have exceeded normal on Saturday. Shannon Johnson, the 2018 champion, finished a shot back with a score of under 71.
After turning 3 over par, Buck had five consecutive birdies on holes 4-8. That birdie stretch included a 3 on the fifth hole, 370 yards par 4, which ranked as the hole. the most difficult of the first round. She said her ball-hitting has improved dramatically over the past nine.
“I really started to hit my irons better, giving myself a few short chance,” said Buck, a club fitter who played varsity golf at Northern Arizona University. “It’s amazing to have a hot race like this, especially the first day you try to post something good to move on.”
Gallagher’s round consisted of seven birdies against five bogeys. Starting from No.10, she got off to a flying start with birdies on her first three holes.
“After playing the practice rounds I knew there would be a few holes that were bogey holes, the ones that would play a little longer for me,” said Gallagher, a sixth-grade social studies professor at Roswell, Georgia, which played collegially at the University of Florida. “I knew if I birdied early it would be a manageable ride, and luckily [I] started with three birdies in a row.
Peng posted the lone eagle on Day 1 as she made a 3 on the 15th by 519 yards, par-5.
“I had a good drive and I had 250 [yards] and I thought I wasn’t going to reach the green, ”Peng said. “He got a good kick and sank nine feet from the hole while the group in front of us was still putting in. I felt so bad that I pulled it off, but making the putt was a nice feeling.
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Peng, a senior financial analyst, last performed in a USGA championship at the 2014 US Women’s Amateur. After graduating from Yale University in 2018 and moving to New York City, she took a short break in the game before returning home to San Diego last August to return to play regularly.
Seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port was one of three players to score an even average of 72. Port, 60, is playing in her 27th US Women’s Mid-Amateur after finishing second to Lara Tennant there. is nine days old in the US Senior Women’s Amateur at the Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.
The second round of stroke play begins at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday, and the 64 lowest-ranked players will advance to the match play, which begins on Monday. If necessary, a playoff to determine the final places in match play will take place on Sunday after the end of round 2.
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ABOUT US Mid-Amateur Women
The US Women’s Mid-Amateur was formed in 1987 to provide a national competitive arena for amateurs aged 25 and over. In addition to the age restriction, the event is open to people with a USGA Handicap Index of 9.4 or less. It is one of the 14 national championships organized each year by the USGA, of which 10 are strictly reserved for amateurs.
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