WAYNE, Ind. – Sabrina Bonanno may be a match-play rookie, but to watch her
play, you would never know it.
after making a four-hole comeback to win her first-round match, Bonanno upset
stroke-play medalist Bailey Tardy, 4 and 3, in Thursday morning’s second round
of match play at the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, being conducted at
Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
17, from Norridge, Ill., worked her way to a 2-up lead through six holes. But a
mid-round charge from Tardy flipped the match upside down. Tardy stuck her tee
shot on the par-3 7th hole and her approach on the par-4 8th hole close, and the
resulting birdies pulled her back even with Bonanno.
like, oh no, here we go again,” said Bonanno, who had flashbacks to her own marathon
comeback on Tuesday. “To get back to all square, it was not easy. She had to
work harder and I had to work hard to keep going.”
grabbed her first lead with a birdie at the par-4 ninth. The lead, however, was
short-lived. Bonanno called the par-4 10th the turning point of the match, as
Tardy’s bogey dropped the match back to all square.
she started losing her strokes and I started gaining on her,” said Bonanno, who
won four straight holes to wrap up the victory on the 15th green. “Somehow I
came through and started hitting shot after shot, sticking it. It just worked
will face Mexico’s Maria Fassi, who came back from losing a three-hole lead to
eliminate Kristen Gillman, 1 up.
been two matches that were really hard,” said the 15-year-old Fassi, who came
back from four holes down on Wednesday to advance. “But I think I can go on and
play how I know to play.”
morning’s final two matches both came down to the final hole. Bethany Wu, 16,
of Diamond Bar, Calif., stuck her approach at the par-4 17th to within 5 feet
and drained her birdie putt to pull all square with Nicole Morales.
18th, Wu’s birdie attempt broke left, trickling a few feet past. However,
Morales put too much power into her par attempt, hitting the hole and lipping
out. Wu was able to tap in for par and take the hard-earned 1-up victory.
afternoon opponent will be Samantha Wagner, 16, of Windermere, Fla. After hitting
her approach to within 10 feet, Hana Ku’s short par attempt at the par-4 18th
rimmed out, giving Wagner a 1-up victory.
champion Minjee Lee continued her staunch title defense, shooting the
equivalent of six under par (with the usual match-play concessions) in her
4-and-3 victory over Jennifer Peng. Next in the Australian’s path will be 2013
Women’s Open low amateur Casie Cathrea, who survived a tough battle with
Jennifer Kupcho to win, 3 and 1.
Feng, of Orlando, Fla., advanced with a 2-and-1 victory over Emily Campbell.
She will face Lee’s countrywoman Hannah Green, who advanced to the third round
of her first Girls’ Junior by defeating Sarah Cho, 1 up.
Lee, the 14-year-old who led after the first round of stroke play, was eliminated
3 and 1 by Maddie Szeryk, of Allen, Texas. Next to face Szeryk is 15-year-old Massachusetts
native Megan Khang, who defeated Hannah O’Sullivan in a back-and-forth match
that lasted 20 holes.
Christina Lance is the assistant
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Results from Thursday morning’s
second round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship,
conducted at the 6,312-yard, par-72 Sycamore Hills Golf Club:
Bonanno, Norridge, Ill. (149) def. Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. (138), 4 and 3
Fassi, Mexico (153) def. Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (145), 1 up
Khang, Rockland, Mass. (151) def. Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (143),
Szeryk, Allen, Texas (148) def. Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (144), 3 and
Feng, Orlando, Fla. (141) def. Emily Campbell, Carrollton, Texas (149), 2 and 1
Green, Australia (152) def. Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif. (145), 1 up
Knight, Aledo, Texas (151) def. Pauline Del Rosario, Philippines (154), 3 and 2
Then, Upland, Calif. (152) def. Princess Superal, Philippines (145), 1 up
Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (139) def. Marijosse Navarro, San Antonio,
Texas (150), 5 and 3
Abe, Angleton, Texas (146) def. Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. (145), 2
Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (142) def. Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (151), 2
Dechathipat, Oakton, Va. (144) def. Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn. (151),
Lee, Australia (140) def. Jennifer Peng, San Diego, Calif. (149), 4 and 3
Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (153) def. Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. (145),
3 and 1
Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (142) def. Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (149), 1 up
Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (148) def. Nicole
Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (145), 1 up
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Pairings and
starting times for Thursday afternoon’s third round of match play at the 2013
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, conducted at the 6,312-yard, par-72 Sycamore
Hills Golf Club (All times EDT):
p.m. – Sabrina Bonanno, Norridge, Ill. (149) vs. Maria Fassi, Mexico (153)
p.m. – Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (151) vs. Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas (148)
p.m. – Yueer Feng, Orlando, Fla. (141) vs. Hannah Green, Australia (152)
p.m. – Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (151) vs. Gabriella Then, Upland, Calif. (152)
– Lilia Khatu Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (139) vs. Lakareber Abe, Angleton,
p.m. – Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (142) vs. Mai Dechathipat, Oakton, Va. (144)
p.m. – Minjee Lee, Australia (140) vs. Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (153)
p.m. – Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (142) vs. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar,