Vanderbilt senior Jennifer Hahn tied for first in the two rounds of medal play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Oregon and was one of two Commodores who advanced to the match play portion of the event, which begins Wednesday.
Sophomore Cindy Ha also moved on. She finished tied for ninth at 2-under following a second-round 73 (1-over) at the 6,360-yard Portland Golf Club.
The top 64 from the field continue in match play with seeds set by the order of finish in the 36 holes of stroke play. The championship match will be 36 holes on Sunday.
“I think it's important [to be a top seed], but anything can happen,” Hahn said. “We've seen in the years past that it doesn't guarantee you to win the match. You've just got to play it as a brand-new round.”
A two-time winner for the Commodores last season, Hahn made three birdies and one bogey in Tuesday’s second round for a 36-hole total of 6-under. That was in stark contrast to Monday’s eventful opening round when she bogeyed three of the first four holes but made birdie on six of the final 13.
“Ball-striking wasn't as good as (Monday),” she said. “I was kind of crooked off the tee, found myself in the rough a lot hitting punch shots, but I gave myself the best chances to save or get up-and-down for par, so I executed those pretty good (Tuesday).”
She tied with 16-year-old Angel Yin, who finished runner-up last month at the U.S. Girls’ Junior championship. After an opening-round 71, she made seven birdies and shot 5-under (67) in the second round.
Television coverage of match play begins 3 p.m. Central on Fox Sports 1.
Over at our sister blog Southern/alpha, Ayumi Fukuda Bennett has the story on the promising start of Sydney Elizabeth, a women's golf apparel company launched last year by Belmont then-student Sydney Hudson. Since launching formally online, the business has run through its inventory twice and Hudson now is working on custom gear for eight high school and college teams.
Though the business is still very young, Hudson’s next big goal is to be a vendor at the PGA Merchandise Show within the next year. And as she continues to grow her online traffic and physical presence in more stores, her golf apparel has extended to all customers who seek trendy, functional attire.
“A lot of girls buy them to wear with a t-shirt and sandals to go shopping or lunch with their friends!” said Hudson. “It has taken off faster than I ever imagined and I feel so blessed to get to wake up every morning and do what I love. I have God, my family, and friends to thank for that.”
Meador plays with the help of his coach of 15 years, Everett Davis. Davis ensures Meador is in the correct position, has the right club, and knows how hard to swing.
"I don't tell him how to play, he knows how to play," said Davis. " I just serve as his eyes, and guide him around the course."
The two have developed an efficient system that works.
"I can tell instantly whether I hit the ball well and Everett explains if it went a little left," said Meador. "Communication is key."
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