Choi, Seumanutafa claim top seeding in U.S. Women's 4-Ball

Choi, Seumanutafa claim top seeding in U.S. Women's 4-Ball

Metro Golf Notes Story Courtesy of USGA
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Rachel Kuehn (left) of Asheville, N.C., shares a high-five with partner Kynadie Adams of Nashville, Tenn., after a birdie on the first hole of Timuquana Country Club during the second round of stroke-play in the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Aneke Seumanutafa and Faith Choi, two Maryland teenagers who shot a record 12-under-par 60 on Saturday, followed up with a 2-under 70 in Sunday’s second round of stroke play to earn medalist honors by two strokes in the 5th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Timuquana Country Club.

Seumanutafa, 18, of Emmittsburg, Md., who is a freshman at Ohio State University, and Choi, 16, of Frederick, Md., who plans to attend Ohio State beginning in 2021, made their only bogey of the weekend on the second hole Sunday morning but bounced back immediately with a birdie on No. 3.

After 11 consecutive pars, they closed out stroke play with two birdies on their final four holes to break the 36-hole scoring record by two strokes. Four teams had previously shot 132.

“We were really steady,” said Seumanutafa, who saw the course for the first time on Saturday because of final exams at Ohio State. “We didn’t want to make any big mistakes. We made lots of pars, including some good up-and-downs for both of us.”

Rachel Heck, of Memphis, Tenn., and Sadie Englemann, of Austin, Texas, shot a second straight 66 to take the No. 2 seed in the 32-team match-play bracket.

“We’re best friends and we always have to play against each other, so to actually be able to play on a team together, we’re having so much fun,” said Heck, who made the cut in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open.

USGA champions Kelsey Chugg, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., were two strokes farther back at 10-under 134. Potter-Bobb, 31, won the 2013 and 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and Chugg won the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Both have also been runners-up in the championship.

“It’s a tough course that was getting even tougher, with the greens not holding as much and a little more breeze,” said Potter-Bobb. “To walk away with no bogeys today when neither one of us were really playing our best game, that makes us feel good going into match play.”

The cut came at 2-under 142 and landed exactly on 32 teams, meaning that no playoff was required.

What’s Next

The match-play Round of 32 will be played on Monday, starting at 9 a.m. Two rounds of matches will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the champion.


Kay Daniel and her daughter, Abbey, of Covington, La., became the first mother-daughter tandem to advance to match play in Women’s Amateur Four-Ball history. The Daniels shot 3-under 141 to earn the No. 24 seed in match play. “I played awful, she played phenomenal,” said Kay, 48, a veteran of 21 USGA championships. “She carried the team, and made a lot of pressure putts. I’m really proud of her.” The Daniels competed in this championship in 2017 at The Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., missing the cut by two strokes. Abbey, 18, will play for Mississippi State in the fall, where her mother also played. “I’m so glad she’s mine,” said Kay with a laugh. “She made a 25-foot putt on 16 when I was out of the hole and I said, ‘I love you, Abbey!’”

Playing in the final group of the day on Sunday, Lauren Gomez, of San Diego, Calif., birdied the 18th hole to get her and partner Olivia Yun, of Carlsbad, Calif., into match play and knock out four teams at 1-under 143. Gomez and Yun got the No. 30 seed and will play No. 3 seeds Chugg and Potter-Bobb.

Megan Buck, of Norton, Mass., also birdied No. 18 to get her and partner Shannon Johnson, the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, into match play at 2 under. Other USGA champions to reach match play are defending champions Katrina Prendergast and Ellen Secor; 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Erica Shepherd, with partner [and future Duke University teammate] Megan Furtney; and 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Lauren Greenlief, with partner Katie Miller.

Jacksonville, Fla. – Results from Sunday's second round of stroke play at the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship, played at 6,338 -yard par-72 Timuquana Country Club.

Faith Choi/Aneka Seumanutafa -- 60-70--130

Sadie Englemann/Rachel Heck -- 66-66--132

Kelsey Chugg/Julia Potter-Bobb -- 65-69--134

Madison Hewlett/Jacqueline Putrino -- 66-69--135

Megan Furtney/Erica Shepherd -- 68-67--135

Madelyn Gamble/Kaleiya Romero -- 67-70--137

Isabella Rawl/Karlee Vardas -- 69-69--138

Amari Avery/Alexa Pano -- 70-68--138

Cory Lopez/Avery Zweig -- 67-71--138

Britta Snyder/Sarah Beqaj -- 71-67--138

Katrina Prendergast/Ellen Secor -- 72-67--139

Sophie Linder/Karoline Tuttle -- 69-70--139

Caroline Curtis/Ashley Gilliam -- 67-72--139

Thienna Huynh/Sara Im -- 69-70--139

Haylin Harris/Valery Plata -- 68-72--140

Laura Edmonds/Elle Nachmann -- 69-71--140

Isabella Van Der Biest/Sophia Burnett -- 72-68--140

Kynadie Adams/Rachel Kuehn -- 70-70--140

Kaitlyn Schroeder/Celeste Valinho -- 72-69--141

Wendy Chen/Siyan Chen -- 72-69--141

Sabrina Nguyen/Kayla Sam -- 69-72--141

Maria Alejandra Ferrer Alvarez/Maria Paula Ferrer Alvarez -- 71-70--141

Melena Barrientos/Calynne Rosholt -- 70-71--141

Abbey Daniel/Kay Daniel -- 70-71--141

Abbey Schutte/Kendall Todd -- 70-71--141

Megan Buck/Shannon Johnson -- 73-69--142

Jillian Bourdage/Casey Weidenfeld -- 66-76--142

Lauren Freyvogel/Caroline Wrigley -- 71-71--142

Eunice Kim/Gio Kim -- 69-73--142

Lauren Gomez/Olivia Yun -- 72-70--142

Lauren Greenlief/Katie Miller -- 70-72--142

Avery French/Whitney French -- 73-69--142

Athena Nguyen/Kiara Romero -- 75-68--143

Amanda Jacobs/Gretchen Johnson -- 70-73--143

Rebecca Dinunzio/Alyssa Montgomery -- 69-74--143

Sammi Lee/Mary Ellen Shuman -- 71-72--143

Marissa Mar/Lila Thomas -- 72-72--144

Luisamariana Mesones/Lisa Marie Rudometkin -- 71-73--144

Lauren Beaudreau/Caroline Smith -- 70-74--144

Kennedy Carroll/Rachel Rich -- 74-70--144

Adrienne Farrow/Cara Stuckey -- 71-73--144

Paris Hilinski/Allyn Stephens -- 69-75--144

Kayla Holden/Brittany Shin -- 72-72--144

Jessica Hahn/Madison Reemsnyder -- 69-75--144

Holland Shourds/Haley Tygret -- 73-72--145

Rebecca Reed/Anna Takahashi -- 71-74--145

Olivia Mitchell/Maddi Olson -- 74-71--145

Gabrielle Shieh/Anne Walsh -- 76-70--146

Meghan Stasi/Dawn Woodard -- 73-73--146

Lauryn Nguyen/Janine Surge -- 75-71--146

Jocelyn Bruch/Annabelle Pancake -- 75-71--146

Aishvarya Bedi/Megan Yang -- 74-72--146

Jasmine Lew/Charissa Shang -- 71-75--146

Mari Miezwa/Thuhashini Selvaratnam -- 71-75--146

Haley Greb/Jessica Sloot -- 74-73--147

Riana Mission/Hailey Stevenson -- 73-74--147

Melissa Loh/Ket Preamchuen -- 73-74--147

Isabel Gutierrez Paillaud/Alexa Saldana -- 73-76--149

Bailey Dunstan/Raychel Nelke -- 73-76--149

Anna Morales/Evelyn Orley -- 77-74--151

Megan Propeck/Lacy Shelton -- 76-75--151

Elayna Bowser/Summer Moser -- 76-78--154

LeeAnn Lewis/Cindy McConnell -- 81-76--157

Monday’s Tee Times

9:00 a.m. - Faith Choi, Frederick, Md. & Aneka Seumanutafa, Emmitsburg, Md.  vs. Avery French, Laguna Niguel, Calif. & Whitney French, Monarch Beach, Calif.

9:12 a.m. - Laura Edmonds, Weston, Fla. & Elle Nachmann, Boca Raton, Fla.  vs. Isabella Van Der Biest, Kingsport, Tenn. & Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, S.C.

9:24 a.m. - Amari Avery, Riverside, Calif. & Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.  vs. Abbey Schutte, Goodyear, Ariz. & Kendall Todd, Goodyear, Ariz.

9:36 a.m. - Cory Lopez, Mexico & Avery Zweig, McKinney, Texas  vs. Abbey Daniel, Covington, La. & Kay Daniel, Covington, La.

9:48 a.m. - Madison Hewlett, Oldsmar, Fla. & Jacqueline Putrino, Sarasota, Fla.  vs. Eunice Kim, Edgewater, N.J. & Gio Kim, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

10:00 a.m. - Caroline Curtis, Richmond, Va. & Ashley Gilliam, Manchester, Tenn.  vs. Wendy Chen, People's Republic of China & Siyan Chen, People's Republic of China

10:12 a.m. - Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill. & Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind.  vs. Lauren Freyvogel, Pittsburgh, Pa. & Caroline Wrigley, Wexford, Pa.

10:24 a.m. - Sophie Linder, Carthage, Tenn. & Karoline Tuttle, Lake Mary, Fla.  vs. Sabrina Nguyen, Escondido, Calif. & Kayla Sam, Anaheim Hills, Calif.

10:36 a.m. - Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas & Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn.  vs. Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va. & Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa.

10:48 a.m. - Haylin Harris, Carmel, Ind. & Valery Plata, Colombia  vs. Kynadie Adams, Nashville, Tenn. & Rachel Kuehn, Asheville, N.C.

11:00 a.m. - Isabella Rawl, Lexington, S.C. & Karlee Vardas, Lexington, S.C.  vs. Megan Buck, Norton, Mass. & Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D.

11:12 a.m. - Britta Snyder, Ames, Iowa & Sarah Beqaj, Canada  vs. Melena Barrientos, Plano, Texas & Calynne Rosholt, Cedar Park, Texas

11:24 a.m. - Kelsey Chugg, Salt Lake City, Utah & Julia Potter-Bobb, Indianapolis, Ind.  vs. Lauren Gomez, San Diego, Calif. & Olivia Yun, Carlsbad, Calif.

11:36 a.m. - Thienna Huynh, Lilburn, Ga. & Sara Im, Duluth, Ga.  vs. Kaitlyn Schroeder, Jacksonville, Fla. & Celeste Valinho, Jacksonville, Fla.

11:48 a.m. - Madelyn Gamble, Pleasant Hill, Calif. & Kaleiya Romero, San Jose, Calif.  vs. Jillian Bourdage, Tamarac, Fla. & Casey Weidenfeld, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

12:00 p.m. - Katrina Prendergast, Sparks, Nev. & Ellen Secor, Portland, Ore.  vs. Maria Alejandra Ferrer Alvarez, Mexico & Maria Paula Ferrer Alvarez, Mexico

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