Matthews Loses U.S. Women's Amateur Match

Roswell - Georgia women's golf assistant coach Laura Matthews dropped her second-round match at the U.S. Women's Amateur on Thursday, losing to In-Kyung Kim on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Golf Course.

Matthews, who was a four-time All-SEC performer and member of Georgia's 2001 NCAA Championship team as the former Laura Henderson, led for a good portion of the day before falling. Matthews extended the match with a birdie on No. 18 before Kim birdied the first hole of a playoff to clinch the victory.

Kim, who was the No. 1 seed in the 64-player match play bracket after earning medalist honors during two rounds of stroke play qualifying earlier this week, gained an early 1-up lead when Matthews bogeyed No. 4. Matthews bounced back with consecutive birdies to win No. 7 and No. 8 to grab a 1-up edge.

Kim then knotted the match with a birdie at No. 9, but Matthews regained her advantage with a birdie at No. 10. Kim again tied the match with a birdie at No. 14 and moved ahead with a birdie at No. 17.

At No. 18, Matthews birdied while Kim bogeyed to push the match back to all square. Ironically, through 18 holes, Matthews carded what would have been a 2-under 70, a stroke better than Kim.

Matthews was the last of five members of the Georgia women's golf program in the field for the Amateur. Yesterday, senior Jackie Beers was knocked out of the first round of match play competition, while junior Whitney Wade and incoming freshmen Alina Lee and Taylor Leon were eliminated during stroke play qualifying.

Georgia's golfers will wrap up their summer schedule next week when Lee and Mallory Hetzel, another incoming freshman, compete in the American Junior Golf Association's prestigious Canon Cup, an East vs. West match play competition which will be held at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta.

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