Auburn Golfer Loses In Finals Of U.S. Amateur

Roswell, Ga.--Upcoming Auburn senior Maria Martinez came up short in her her attempt to win the most prestigious amateur title in the United States.

An amazing run came to an end on Sunday for Maria Martinez as she lost the 36-hole final 9-and-8 to 17-year old Morgan Pressel at the Settingdown Creek Golf Course on Sunday.

Things didn't start out well for Martinez, who had cruised through much of the week playing outstanding golf. That included a front-nine 30 in a quarterfinal match. Playing the first 18 Sunday morning, Martinez found herself four down to Pressel at the turn after losing the final three holes of the round.

Things went from bad to worse on the final round as Pressel continued to light up the golf course and won going away for the title. For the day she made 10 birdies in 28 holes and hit half of her approach shots to within 10 feet.

"I knew if I had played well it was going to be a tough match because she's a great player," Martinez said. "But I didn't give myself a chance today and she played well. She played her game just like she had been playing this week. I wasn't intimidated at all. I knew it was going to be that way when I found out I was playing against her."

Martinez will take a short break before returning to Auburn for the fall semester which begins in just under two weeks. Pressel, who finished runner-up to Birdie Kim in the U.S. Women's Open, just missing out on being the youngest major winner ever, has signed to play for Duke University but is expected to try to qualify for the LPGA Tour this winter.

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