U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR FOUR-BALL
Las Vegas Teens Smith, Haczkiewicz Earn Medalist Honors
April 29, 2018 | Tarzana, Calif.
By David Shefter
Las Vegas teenagers Annick Haczkiewicz and Sydney Smith backed up their first-round 66 with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to claim medalist honors by two strokes.
Quarterfinalists in this championship a year ago, the duo registered four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys on a cool and breezy day in the San Fernando Valley.
Their 36-hole total of 10-under 134 was two strokes shy of the 36-hole championship scoring record.
“Obviously we were trying to be the lowest competitors,” said Haczkiewicz, 17. “That is awesome to be top seeded.”
The graduating seniors – Haczkiewicz is headed to Brigham Young University in the fall and Smith, 18, will play for Colorado State – are one of 32 sides to qualify for match play, which begins on Monday. Last year the duo advanced to the quarterfinals.
“We have the same mentality [for match play],” said Smith. “We don’t focus on, 'Oh they made a birdie we have to make one this time.' We just think every hole is a birdie hole, so we just keep looking to go lower [than our opponents].”
Although the side made its first two bogeys of the championship Sunday, Haczkiewicz balanced that with an eagle on the 438-yard, par-5 fifth hole with a brilliant 6-iron approach from a sidehill lie to 20 feet.
The cut came at even-par 144 with three sides playing off late Sunday afternoon for the final two spots in the draw. Lauren Peter, 18, of Carmel, N.Y., holed out a 29-foot chip on the first playoff hole to secure a spot for her and Lindsay May, 18, of Auburn, N.Y. Former Kansas State teammates Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 24, of Canada, and Paige Nelson, 23, of Farmers Branch, Texas, made a par on the fifth playoff hole to grab the final spot.
Four sides finished at 8-under 134, including University of Arizona teammates Haley Moore, 19, of Escondido, Calif., and Gigi Stoll, 21, of Tigard, Ore. Moore is coming off a third-place finish in last week’s Pacific-12 Conference Championship in Seattle.
The other three sides to post 136 were Kynadie Adams, 14, of Nashville, Tenn., and Rachel Kuehn, 16, of Asheville, N.C.; future University of Oregon teammates Ty Akabane, 17, of Danville, Calif., and Briana Chacon, 16, of Whittier, Calif.; and Leila Dizon, 18, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Irene Kim, 17, of La Palma, Calif.
First-round leaders Yachun Chang, 17, of Chinese Taipei, and Lei Ye, 16, of the People’s Republic of China, carded a second-round 74 for a 36-hole total of 138, but still easily advanced to match play.
Reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Erica Shepherd, 17, of Greenwood, Ind., and Megan Furtney, 17, of Chicago, Ill., also qualified for match play at 5-under 139, despite a 1-over 73 on Sunday.
The 32 sides who qualified for match play will play one 18-hole match on Monday. The matches begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT from the first tee. The winners advance to Tuesday’s Round of 16. The quarterfinals will be contested on Tuesday afternoon, with the semifinals and 18-hole final on Wednesday.
- Meghan Stasi, 39, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., registered a hole-in-one on the 192-yard eighth hole with a 4-iron. It was the second recorded ace in championship history for the four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and Stasi’s fourth overall ace.
- Avery Zweig, 11, of McKinney, Texas, is the youngest player to ever make match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, surpassing the previous mark of 13 the past two championships. Zweig is partnering with Melena Barrientos, 14, of Plano, Texas.
- Seven competitors who have advanced to the national finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship qualified for match play. That list includes Leila Dizon, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Kynadie Adams, of Nashville, Tenn.; Zweig; Alexandra Swayne, of Maineville, Ohio, and her partner, Sarah Willis, of Eaton, Ohio; and partners Abbey Daniel, of Covington, La., and Ashley Gilliam, of Tullahoma, Tenn.
- Two of the three sister tandems advanced: Calynne and Chandler Rosholt, of Cedar Park, Texas; and Whitney Britton, of Dana Point, Calif., and Avery French, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Annick Haczkiewicz, 17, of Las Vegas, Nev., on course conditions: “For sure it was a little windier and a little chillier, but honestly, we played the same game as yesterday. We did have a couple of hiccups together. We had two bogeys and yesterday we had a bogey-free round. But overall we just maintained what we had from yesterday.”
Dawn Woodard, 43, of Greer, S.C. on the hole-in-one recorded by partner Meghan Stasi on the 190-yard par-3 eighth hole: “We couldn’t tell for sure [if it went in], so let’s get the laser out and look. But we couldn’t see it. So we said it’s in or over [the green]. People up by the green were [widening their arms]. We wondered, what does that mean? They were 195 yards away. We’re like, we can’t see that far. You’re supposed to do something [when the ball disappears]. So I then hit it to like 8 feet.”
Melena Barrientos, 14, of Plano, Texas, on making match play with Avery Zweig, 11, of McKinney, Texas: “I was hoping we would make it. I knew we could because we both work really well together. Whenever I have a bad hole, she has a great hole and vice versa.”
Brianna Navarrosa, 14, of San Diego, Calif. (partnering with Zoe Antoinette Campos) on the experience she gained by making the championship match in 2016 with partner Angelina Kim: “It helped me learn the format, and how to depend on a partner. At times you can be hard on yourself, because if you make a mistake it not only affects you but your partner as well. But I also learned that anything is possible. That was my first year playing in the event and if I learned anything from match play, it's that anything is possible."
David Shefter is a senior staff writer for the USGA. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.