Leon Leads Georgia Entrants At Women's Amateur

Roswell - Incoming freshman Taylor Leon carded an even-par 72 in the first round of stroke play competition at the U.S. Women's Amateur at the Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Golf Course on Monday, the low tally among the five members of the University of Georgia program in the field.

In addition, assistant coach Laura Matthews posted a 74, rising senior Jackie Beers fired a 75, rising junior Whitney Wade shot 76 and incoming freshman Alina Lee carded an 81.

Korean In-Kyung Kim is atop the leaderboard at 4-under.

Following a second round of stroke play on Tuesday, the top 64 golfers in the field of 156 will advance to match play competition. Leon is currently tied for 16th, while Matthews is tied for 35th, Beers is tied for 46th, Wade is tied for 61st and Lee is tied for 114th.

Leon turned at 2-under after mixing birdies on No. 6, No. 7 and No. 9 with a bogey on No. 8. Bogeys on No. 11, No. 14 and No. 15 pushed her to 1-over before she closed with a birdie on No. 18 to get back to par.

Following a double-bogey on No. 1, Matthews fought back to par with birdies on No. 2 and No. 4; however, bogeys at No. 6 and No. 9 pushed her to 2-over at the turn. She traded a birdie on No. 11 with a bogey on No. 16 to play the back half of the course at even.

Beers was actually atop the leaderboard for a good bit of the afternoon before faltering late in the day. She teed off in the afternoon and posted birdies on No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 to move to 3-under. A bogey on No. 7 brought Beers back to 2-under. She then posted nine consecutive pars before a bogey on No. 17 and a quadruple-bogey at No. 18. In the process, Beers fell from fourth to 48th.


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