November 26, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (Aug. 4, 2016) — Two reigning national champions – NCAA winner Virginia Elena Carta and two-time U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Eun Jeong Seong – are among the quarterfinalists in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,259-yard, par-71 Rolling Green Golf Club.

Carta, 19, of Italy, fought back from an early deficit and earned a 3-and-2 win over Jessica Porvasnik, 21, of Hinckley, Ohio. After falling 1 down through three holes, Carta won Nos. 4-7 to swiftly gain momentum and take a 3-up lead. A double-bogey on the par-4 eighth cut into her lead, but consecutive victories on holes 11 and 12 built Carta an insurmountable 4-up lead.

“It feels really good to be able to play tomorrow for sure,” said Carta, a sophomore at Duke University who won the 2016 NCAA Women’s Division I Golf Championship as a freshman. “I’m really excited to have that opportunity.”

Carta, who reached the Round of 16 with a 2-and-1 win over Muni He on Thursday morning, could be come the sixth player to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She could join Vicki Goetze (1992) as the only two players to win both titles in the same year, as well as Silvia Cavalleri (1997) as the only Italian winners of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. But Carta is understandably wary of looking too far ahead.

“I don’t want to focus on the big picture, and this is what I learned at nationals this year, that I didn’t have to think about winning or scoring low,” said Carta, who will face University of Florida senior Maria Torres, 21, of Puerto Rico, in Friday’s quarterfinal round. “I just had to think about every single shot and like what iron to pick and where to hit, and that was the key that made me win nationals, so I think that’s the key, also, to playing my best game this week.”

Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea, is attempting to become the first person to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior title in the season. Her march toward that record-setting feat continued on Thursday, as she eliminated Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, 5 and 4, in the Round of 32, and posted an impressive 6-and-4 victory over 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion Hye-Jin Choi in the Round of 16.

Both matches started with Seong losing the first hole. But she quickly bounced back to square the match on No. 3 both times, and cruised in from there, never losing another hole en route to victories.

Despite her seemingly smooth play, Seong admitted to feeling a lot of pressure when playing Choi, the top-ranked player from the Republic of Korea in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™.

“If I don’t know the player style or her ranking, I can play my [game],” said Seong, who could also become just the third female player to win two USGA championships in one season. “But I know her. I really know her. I know she’s a good player, and that’s why I cannot trust me.”

Seong’s next opponent is yet another friend and a recent opponent: Andrea Lee, who lost to Seong in the final of last month’s U.S. Girls’ Junior. Lee, 17, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., also notched two quick victories on Thursday. In the Round of 32, she won the first five holes and cruised to a 6-and-5 win over Bing Singhsumalee. Her afternoon Round-of-16 match with childhood friend Robynn Ree was equally as smooth, with Lee winning seven of the first nine holes en route to a 6-and-4 triumph.

“I played really well today,” said Lee, an incoming freshman at Stanford University. “My shots were really good, and I made the birdie putts that I needed to.”

Lee and Seong have faced off twice in USGA championships, with Lee winning in the 2014 Women’s Amateur quarterfinals and Seong taking the victory in the 2016 Girls’ Junior.

“We’re both really great players, and we both respect each other,” said Lee, the only member of the 2016 USA Curtis Cup Team still in the championship. “We know our games really well, and anything can happen tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Hannah Green, 19, of Australia, knocked off No. 2 seed Lucy Li, 6 and 4, in the morning’s Round of 32, and then rolled to a 4-and-3 win over Celine Boutier in the Round of 16. Green, a member of the Australian national team, will meet 2015 Women’s Amateur semifinalist Mathilda Cappeliez, 18, of France, in the quarterfinals.

“I felt really confident over the ball, which I haven’t really felt like that the previous few days,” said Green, who lost in the Round of 64 in 2015, her only previous championship appearance. ”It was nice to get that confidence, and it definitely happened throughout the whole day.”

Yuka Saso, 15, of the Philippines, and Nasa Hataoka, 17, of Japan, round out the 2016 Women’s Amateur quarterfinalists.

All eight quarterfinalists are exempt into the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which will be conducted Aug. 7-13 at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion traditionally receives an exemption into four major professional championships – the U.S. Women’s Open, the Women’s British Open, the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship.

The match-play rounds of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Coverage will air from 3-6 p.m. EDT on Friday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Exclusive bonus coverage will be streamed live on usga.org on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Results

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – Results from Thursday morning’s second round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,259-yard, par-71 Rolling Green Golf Club 

Upper Bracket

Virginia Elena Carta, Italy (142) def. Muni He, People’s Republic of China (147), 2 and 1

Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio (140) def. Agathe Laisne, France (145), 4 and 2

Dylan Kim, Plano, Texas (138) def. Sirene Blair, South Jordan, Utah (144), 2 and 1

Maria Torres, Puerto Rico (139) def. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va. (141), 1 up

Yuka Saso, Philippines (137) def. Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. (142), 19 holes

Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (140) def. Mika Liu, Beverly Hllls, Calif. (140), 1 up

Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (138) def. Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (142), 2 and 1

Nasa Hataoka, Japan (140) def. Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (141), 3 and 2

Lower Bracket

Hannah Green, Australia (143) def. Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. (135), 6 and 4

Celine Boutier, France (144) def. Maria Fassi, Mexico (145), 2 and 1

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, Thailand (138) def. Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (142), 7 and 6

Mathilda Cappeliez, France (141) def. Gabrielle Shipley, Hastings, Mich. (145), 8 and 6

Hye-Jin Choi, Republic of Korea (137) def. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (143), 6 and 5

Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea (140) def. Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand (140), 5 and 4

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (142) def. Bing Singhsumalee, Naperville, Ill. (146), 5 and 4

Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. (139) def. Danielle Lemek, Doniphan, Neb. (141), 6 and 5

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – Results from Thursday afternoon’s third round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,259-yard, par-71 Rolling Green Golf Club:

Upper Bracket

Virginia Elena Carta, Italy (142) def. Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio (140), 3 and 2

Maria Torres, Puerto Rico (139) def. Dylan Kim, Plano, Texas (138), 5 and 4

Yuka Saso, Philippines (137) def. Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (140), 2 and 1

Nasa Hataoka, Japan (140) def. Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (138), 2 and 1

Lower Bracket

Hannah Green, Australia (143) def. Celine Boutier, France (144), 4 and 3

Mathilda Cappeliez, France (141) def. Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, Thailand (138), 1 up

Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea (140) def. Hye-Jin Choi, Republic of Korea (137), 6 and 5

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (142) def. Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. (139), 6 and 4

Pairings

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – Pairings for Friday’s quarterfinal round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,259-yard, par-71 Rolling Green Golf Club (all times EDT):  

Upper Bracket

1:45 p.m. – Virginia Elena Carta, Italy (142) vs. Maria Torres, Puerto Rico (139)

1:55 p.m. – Yuka Saso, Philippines (137) vs. Nasa Hataoka, Japan (140)

Lower Bracket

2:05 p.m. – Hannah Green, Australia (143) vs. Mathilda Cappeliez, France (141)

2:15 p.m. – Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea (140) vs. Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (142)

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