UVA’s Riley Smyth advances to match play at U.S. Amateur

new uva logoVirginia junior Riley Smyth advanced to the match play segment of the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship taking place at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.

Smyth finished the 36-hole stroke play portion of the tournament tied for fourth place at 1-under 143. She was one of just seven players in the 132-competitor field to shoot under par. Smyth opened her first USGA championship event by shooting 4-under 68 and followed that up with a 3-over 75 on Wednesday.

The second round was moved to Wednesday after inclement weather canceled Tuesday’s play.

Former Cavalier standout Lauren Greenlief was one of 14 golfers involved in a playoff for the final four sports in the 64-player match play field following the conclusion of stroke play.

Greenlief posted a second-round score of 2-over 74 to tie for 59th place at 6-over 150. She shot 4-over 76 during the opening round. This is Greenlief’s eighth appearance at the U.S. Amateur. Her best finish was reaching the quarterfinals in 2018.

Greenlief, who is a principal at The Boston Consulting Group in the Washington, D.C., won the USGA’s 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur title.

Stanford’s Rachel Heck finished first in the stroke play to capture medalist honors at 4-umder 140.

The 64 players who advanced to match play will compete Thursday. The remainder of the tournament schedule will be announced later. The tournament is scheduled through Sunday, with a 36-hole final.

The Golf Channel will begin its live coverage on Thursday at 4 p.m.


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