Roswell - Laura Matthews, an assistant coach with the Georgia women's golf team and a four-time All-SEC performer for the Bulldogs between 1998-2001, won her first-round match at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Golf Course on Wednesday.
Matthews defeated Abigale Schepperle, a rising sophomore at Auburn
, 4-and-3 and will now face Korean In-Kyung Kim in the second round on Thursday. Kim was the medalist in the Amateur's 36-hole stroke play qualifying and defeated Megan McChrystal, 2-and-1, in the first round.
Matthews took control of the match early, winning No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 to reach 3-up. She never allowed Schepperle closer than 2-up the rest of the day. Leading by that margin through 13 holes, Matthews won both No. 14 and No. 15 to expand her margin to an insurmountable 4-up lead with three holes to play.
Jackie Beers, a rising senior with the Bulldogs, is slated to face Jenny Suh, a junior-to-be at Furman, in her first-round match. That duo is the next-to-last match of the day set to tee off at 2:15 p.m. ET.