Minnesota Golf Association

Herrick and McCullough Out After Opening Round of Match Play at U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

September 24, 2018

 
 
  ST. LOUIS – Following two strong performances each of the last two U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, Olivia Herrick fell to Michelle Butler, 1-up, Monday during the opening round of match play at Norwood Hills Country Club.
 
Herrick, who lives in Roseville, Minn., advanced to the semifinals during the 2016 tournament at The Kahkwa Club in Eerie, Pa. to earn an exemption into last year’s championship. She would be exempt once again after advancing to the quarterfinal round a year ago at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla.
 
Opening the championship with a round of 77 Saturday, Herrick stumbled slightly during her second round Sunday, posting an 8-over par 80, but would finish 36 holes of stroke play in a tie for 43rd to advance to the match play portion of the championship.
 
Facing Butler early Monday, Herrick faced a big deficit early after carding five bogeys over her first seven holes and trailed Butler by four before winning the eighth and 10th holes to cut Butler’s margin in half.
 
Taking advantage of three consecutive bogeys by Butler beginning at the par-4 13th Herrick gained control of the match by taking a 1-up lead at the 15th, but Butler would battle back late to win the 16th hole to pull even with Herrick.
 
A birdie on the final hole would give Butler a 1-up victory, sending Herrick to her earliest exit at the event since the 2015 championship.
 
Former University of Minnesota golfer Paige McCullough finished the first two rounds of stroke play tied for fifth after posting rounds of 75 and 72, respectively, to advance to match play for the third consecutive year.
 
Facing Missouri’s Kayla Eckelkamp during the Round of 64 early Monday, McCullough fell down early after a birdie by Eckelkamp on the opening hole, but McCullough answered by winning the following three holes to claim a 2-up lead at the fourth.
 
Eckelkamp pulled within one with a birdie at the fifth and after trading wins at the eighth and ninth holes, McCullough carried a 1-up lead to the 12th before stumbling late. Eckelkamp would win five out of the next six holes to close out the match at the 17th with the victory, 3 and 1.
 
 
 
THE 2018 U.S. WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
NORWOOD HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
ST. LOUIS, MO.
6,005 YARDS, PAR 72
 
 
MONDAY’S ROUND OF 64 RESULTS
Kayla Eckelkamp, Washington, Mo., def. PAIGE MCCULLOUGH, STILLWATER, MINN., 3 and 1
Michelle Butler, Columbia, Mo., def. OLIVIA HERRICK, ROSEVILLE, MINN., 1-up
 
 
SUNDAY’S RESULTS
1. Shannon Johnson, 72-71—143
T2.1. Erin Bradford, 75-70—145
T2. Meghan Stasi, 69-76—145
4. Lauren Greenlief, 76-70—146 
T5. PAIGE MCCULLOUGH, STILLWATER, MINN., 75-72—147
T5. Julia Potter-Bobb, 77-70—147
T7. Katie Miller, 75-74—149
T7. Clare Connolly, 76-73—149 
T7. Courtney McKim, 75-74—149
T10. Marissa Mar, 76-74—150
T10. Kelsey Chugg, 75-75—150
T10. Dawn Woodard, 77-73—150  
T10. Eleanor Tucker, 73-77—150
T10. Corey Weworski, 75-75—150
T10. Judith Kyrinis, 74-76—150
T10. Megan Buck, 73-77—150
 
T43. OLIVIA HERRICK, ROSEVILLE, MINN., 77-80—157
 
 
For complete tournament results go to: www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2018/u-s--women-s-mid-amateur.html#!scoring
 

 


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