Anika misses matchplay berth

Rockville (USA), August 6

Anika Varma bounced again strongly within the final six holes of her second spherical however didn’t qualify for the following stage, the matchplay part, on the US Women’s Amateur Championship, falling quick by only one stroke.

The second spherical, delayed to Wednesday on account of a hurricane, was performed in extraordinarily powerful situations and solely seven gamers had been below par after 36 holes. The 16-year-old Anika, who is predicated in Sacramento, is the primary Indian to determine within the US Women’s Amateur Championship.

She had a tough first 9 on the again stretch of the Woodmont Country Club as she gave away two bogeys and two double-bogeys after beginning on the 10th. That price her closely regardless that she discovered three birdies on the fourth, fifth and eighth holes in opposition to a lone bogey within the final six holes.

A birdie on the ninth, her closing gap, would have gotten her right into a playoff to find out the ultimate spots for matchplay. She completed at a 4-over 76 for a complete of a 7-over 151. Sixteen gamers at 6-over went right into a playoff for six spots as Anika was stranded at 7-over. Though she didn’t qualify for the following stage, it was an awesome expertise for Anika because the situations had been very powerful and demanding.

Indian-origin gamers

Three different gamers of Indian origin had been among the many 64 who would compete in matchplay rounds. Indian-American Megha Ganne (71-76) was tied-26, whereas South Africa’s Kajal Mistry (81-69) and Gurleen Kaur (78-72) of the US superior by means of the playoff.

Rachel Heck, who made the reduce on the 2017 US Women’s Open as a 15-year-old, took the medallist honours as she topped the strokeplay part with rounds of 69 and 71. Her 36-hole complete of a 4-under 140 made her certainly one of solely seven gamers to interrupt par within the strokeplay part. — PTI

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