AUGUSTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman Beatrice Wallin is in a tie for eighth place and only three strokes out of the lead, and teammate Amanda Doherty is in a tie for 30th place in the individual standings after the first round of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur on the Champions Retreat course at Augusta National. Wallin carded a 1 under par 71 while Doherty carded a 2 over par score of 72 on a picture-perfect day for history to be made for women’s golf.
The field of 72 amateurs will compete over 54 holes of stroke play. A cut will take place after 36 holes, advancing the leading 30 players to the final round at Augusta National Golf Club. In the event of a tie after 54 holes, the winner will be decided by sudden-death playoff. The first 36 holes will be contested over two days (Wednesday and Thursday) on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.
Wallin carded 14 holes at par or better including five birdies to finish her round as one of 14 players in the field to finish the first round under par. She played her best golf on her back nine (She began the day on hole No. 10) as she carded birdies on four of her nine holes. Wallin played her final 10 holes and four under par with five birdies and only one hole score above par.
Wallin trails the co-leaders (Jennifer Kupcho and Zoe Campos) by three strokes. Kupcho and Campos both carded scores of 4 under par 68.
Doherty, an Atlanta native who was playing in her home state of Georgia, enjoyed a very consistent first round with three birdies and 15 holes scored at par or better. She began her round on hole No 10 and was one stroke under par when she made the turn. Doherty finished her round with seven of nine holes scored at par.
“I thought I was hitting the ball very well today,” said Doherty. I had a lot of putts bur the edge (of the hole). I got a few to drop at the end and I feel good going into tomorrow.”
At two strokes over par, Doherty is only two strokes from moving inside of the top 20 and only three strokes from moving into the top 10 of the individual standings.
Wallin begins play on Thursday in group 23 at 11:00 a.m. She will play with Valentina Giraldo of Colombia and Stephanie Lau of the United States. Doherty begins second round play at 9:24 a.m. in group 15 with Kayle Benton of the United States and Maja Stak of Sweden.