Louth eliminated from match play competition at U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Texas sophomore women's golfer Kelley Louth's run at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) ended Friday with a second round loss to Angela Oh, 4-and-5, in Pueblo Colo. The Walking Stick Golf Course (Par 72, 6,263 yards) is the 2006 host for the six-day championship.
Louth (Victoria, Texas), making her first career trip to the WAPL, finished 1-1 for the match play portion of the tournament and tied for 36th with a two-day total of 151 (73-78, +7) in the qualifying stroke play portion.
In a USGA amateur championship, there are two days of stroke play qualifying to determine the 64 players who will make it to match play. The players are seeded according to how they played during stroke play. The winners of each match keep advancing until there is only one player left. With 64 players, this occurs after six matches.
There were originally 144 individuals competing from 40 sectional events at the WAPL. The event is open to female golfers who have been public-course players since Jan. 1 of the current championship year and whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 18.4. The WAPL is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Oh (Maple Shade, N.J.) won the first two holes and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the match. Louth won the third hole to get within one, but despite recording a birdie on the par-five fifth hole, Louth dropped two holes back when Oh's eagle putt rattled into the bottom of the cup to win the hole.
At the 10th-hole, Louth won with a par-four, but Oh improved her lead by taking the 11th, 12th and 13th holes. Both Louth and Oh recorded par scores on No. 14 to end the match with Oh on top 5-and-4.
Louth opened the match play round by defeating Veronique Drouin (Athens, Ga.), an assistant women's golf coach from The University of Georgia, 3-and-2 on Thursday (June 22).
Oh will face Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif. next in order to advance to quarterfinals. The quarterfinals and semifinals of the WAPL will take place on Saturday (June 24) and the 36-hole final is held on Sunday (June 25).