July 19, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C. –
Jaclyn Burch, Whitney Brummett and Erica Gonzalez of the Florida State women’s golf team began competition Wednesday in the match-play round of the 104th North-South Women’s Amateur Championship at the Pinehurst resort. Burch led the trio of Seminole qualifiers during stroke play as she totaled a one-under par 144 while Brummett and Gonzalez finished with identical two-round totals of 155.
Competition in the event began Monday and the field was cut down to the top 63 players after two rounds of stroke play. The top 63 golfers and last year’s champion, Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan, will compete in six rounds of match-play golf to determine the tournament champion. The championship match of 36 holes is scheduled to be played on Saturday.
The original 132 player field competed in two rounds of stroke play to cut the field down to the top 63 players. The golfers played one round on Pinehurst No. 2 (Par 73) and one round on Pinehurst No. 8 (Par 72). The original field included five of the top-10 ranked amateurs in the world.
Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) finished tied for second during stoke play with a 144 total. She carded a 71 in her first round and a 73 in her second round. Burch finished only four strokes behind stroke play champion Jennie Lee who finished with a two-day total of 140. She finished tied with sixth other players with the second best score of the stroke play round. Burch faces Charlotte Campbell of Heathrow, Fla., in match play Wednesday.
Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) finished tied for 49th in stroke play with a 155 total. She carded a 79 in her first round and returned with a 76 on day two to make the cut by one stroke. She faces Chris Brady of Stanley, N.C. in the first round of match play. Gonzalez (Davie, Fla.) also finished with a 155 total for the two rounds of stroke play. She was among the leaders after the first round as she carded an even par score of 72. She faces Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif., in her first match play round on Wednesday.
Burch and Brummett helped lead the Seminoles to a 16th place finish at the NCAA Championship this past spring while Gonzalez played in one event as a freshman member of the Seminoles in 2006.