Matthews, Beers Advance To U.S. Amateur Match Play

Roswell - Two members of the Georgia women's golf program – rising senior Jackie Beers and assistant coach Laura Matthews – are among the 64 golfers who have advanced to match play competition in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Golf Course.

Matthews completed 36 holes of play at 5-over 139, tying for 32nd. Beers finished at 8-over 152 and tied for 50th. On Wednesday, Matthews will face Abigale Schepperle of Hoover, Ala., at 9:25 a.m. and Beers takes on Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va., at 2:15 p.m.

Three other Lady Bulldogs failed to advance from the stroke play portion of the event.

Incoming freshman Taylor Leon, who won the Pacific Northwest Amateur three weeks ago, finished among eight golfers tied for 60th place at 154. Leon, who shot 82 on Tuesday, was eliminated from a playoff late in the day.

The other two Georgia golfers who did not advance both made big moves on the leaderboard on Tuesday – one up and one down.

Incoming freshman Alina Lee rebounded from an 81 on Monday with a 74 on Tuesday to vault from 114th to a tie for 68th at 155. Lee missed qualifying for the eight-person playoff for the match play by a single stroke.

Rising junior Whitney Wade, who was tied for 61st after shooting 76 on Monday, ballooned to an 83 on Tuesday to fall from contention. She finished tied for 100th at 159.

Match play begins with one round of competition on Wednesday, with two rounds on Thursday, the quarterfinals on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and the 36-hole championship match on Sunday.

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