Wednesday August 8, 2012Lendl's Strong Play Vaults Her to Round of 32 at U.S. Women's Amateur
University of Florida senior women’s golfer Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) has been competing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament this week and has advanced through two rounds of stroke play and her first round of match play to be one of the final 32 competitors. Lendl, who has been in numerous amateur tournaments this summer, is continuing strong play as she heads into her final season with the Gators.
Over the last three days, Lendl has been playing against some of the best players in the world and she proved she belongs with the best as she fired two straight rounds of 73, which is right around her career average, to place in a tie for 32 and easily qualify her for the match play rounds.
In today’s first round of match play, Lendl faced Whitney Hillier of Australia. After staying all square through the first two holes, Lendl went 1-up after birdieing the par 4 3rd hole, but Hillier brought it back to square after Lendl suffered a bogey on the par 3 5th. The Australian then took a 1-up lead of her own at the turn and then doubled the lead to 2-up after a birdie on No. 11.
With still seven holes to play, it was the last time Hillier won a hole as Lendl went straight to work and held her opponent at bay for the remainder of the match. The Gator senior won two straight holes at Nos. 12 and 13 to bring the match to all-square and then finished the day with a birdie and pare on hole 16 and 17, respectively, to win 2 and 1 and move on to the round of 32.
Lendl’s second round match will be played tomorrow against Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim starting at 7:30 a.m. You can following scoring for Lendl’s match as well as the rest of the field by visiting the USGA’s website here.