Alabama golfer Lauren Stephenson from Lexington advanced into the Round of 32 at the US Women’s Amateur in San Diego.
Stephenson won her opening match 3&2 over Erin Fahey from Bowling Green University.
The All-SEC golfer trailed in the match at the turn. On the back nine, Stephenson carded two winning birdies and a pair of winning pars for the victory.
Stephenson advances to face Jaravee Boonchant of Thailand in the round of 32.
Spartanburg golfer Ann Taylor Hough had a very long day at the San Diego Country Club.
Hough qualified for the tournament as an alternate.
She lost a playoff for a qualifying spot a few weeks ago, but found out last week that she was going to play in the championship.
Hough and her family scrambled to get to San Diego for the tournament and once again had to survive a playoff to keep playing.
The Virginia Tech golfer finished the 36 hole qualifying tournament tied with 11 golfers for 8 spots in the main draw.
Hough won her way into the field of 64 in the early morning playoff before the Round of 64 matches began. She parred the third playoff hole to earn the 61st seed in the tournament.
The former Spartanburg High School golfer then continued her day when she faced Stephanie Lau of Fullerton, California. Lau was seeded 4th in the tournament and was the Big 10 Freshman of the Year at Northwestern. She was a member of the team that lost to Arizona St. in the NCAA finals.
Hough trailed Lau by one going into the final five holes, but lost number 15 and 16 to drop the match 3&2.
Clemson golfer Alice Hewson had earned the best qualifying spot of any golfer with Palmetto State ties.
Hewson’s first round match went to 20 holes before she was eliminated by Georgia golfer Rinko Mitsunaga.