U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR FOUR-BALL
Seumanutafa/Choi Record-Setting Medalists at Timuquana C.C. April 27, 2019 | Jacksonville, Fla. By Ron Driscoll, USGA

Aneka Seumanutafa (left) and Faith Choi didn't go quite as low on Sunday, but still wound up as medalists at 14-under 130. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

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Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.
Second Round, Stroke Play | Par 72, 6,339 yards
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What Happened

Aneka 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.”

Sadie Englemann (right) and Rachel Heck shot 66 for the second consecutive day to finish second in stroke play. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

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 one stroke 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.

Notable

  • 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 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 and Colorado State teammates Katrina Prendergast and Ellen Secor; 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Erica Shepherd, with partner [and Duke University teammate] Megan Furtney; and 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Lauren Greenlief, with partner Katie Miller.

Quotable

“We’ve played such good team golf. If one of us got in trouble the other one would be there to save it. I think we both played solid golf overall, so I’m really proud of us.” – Sadie Englemann, who earned the No. 2 seed with Rachel Heck.

“I think from Saturday to Sunday, the greens got faster and everything firmed up. Those little short shots you have around the green are just running out that extra few feet, and that’s making a huge difference. And you need to be a little more tentative on the 30-footers; it seemed like you could be more aggressive with them yesterday.” – Kelsey Chugg, on the testing conditions on Sunday in Round 2.

“We feel just as comfortable as we did last year. Obviously playing together so much at Duke has really helped us a lot. We know each other so well that we really do help each other out on the course. We have another year of experience under our belt.” – Megan Furtney, who reached the semifinals of this championship last year with partner Erica Shepherd, the 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion.

Ron Driscoll is the senior manager of editorial services for the USGA. Email him at rdriscoll@usga.org.

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