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Top-Seeded Sinz Advances to Quarterfinals at 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur
BULLARD – University of Alabama senior Elina Sinz showed a dominant performance against two talented opponents on Wednesday at Eagle Bluff Country Club to advance to the Quarterfinals at the 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur.
After defeating No. 32 seed Euben Shim of Woodway 6&4 in the morning’s Round of 32, Sinz found herself 2 up through 9 holes in the Round of 16 against Granbury’s Mason Lewis, a sophomore at the University of North Texas. Sinz played steady on the back nine before closing things out on 16.
Sinz will face Irving’s Hunter Nugent tomorrow in the quarterfinals in a highly anticipated matchup between two well-experienced players.
31st seed McKinney’s Amari Smith upset No. 2 seed Kate Prickell in the round of 32 winning 2 up. “The number one thing is I just like to have fun with match play and remain calm,” Smith shared after the round. The University of North Georgia senior then went on to make another upset by defeating Austin’s Vera Yi. Smith made the top 32 for match play by winning in a playoff on Tuesday during the Qualifying Round and she is just getting started.
The three, four, and five seeds all advanced into the Round of 16. The fourth seed Sydney Givens of Austin showed her toughness by winning her match in 19 holes. Givens went on to win in dominant fashion in her Round of 16 matchup by winning 5 and 4. Givens is going into her senior year at Vandergrift High where they just claimed a 6A State Championship in women’s golf.
Arlington’s Madison Le upset seventh-seeded Tristan Gabbard in dominant fashion winning 3&2 in a Round of 32 match. Le went on to win again in an impressive 4 and 3 showing over Madison Brown. “I didn’t have my best stuff on Tuesday and learned a lot from it,” Le shared after the match.
Irving’s Hunter Nugent had a dramatic day and claimed her spot in the quarterfinals via winning in 19 holes in the Round of 32 and 1 up in the Round of 16. “I don’t feel like I played my best in the morning,” Hunter shared. “I made it up with par on 18 though to win the match and just made the putts that needed to count.”
Lubbock’s own Haley Vargas played some incredible golf today by winning 1 up in the Round of 32 and 2 up in the Round of 16 to move into the Quarterfinals. “I had a few miscued shots here and there but struck it really well coming in,” the senior at Kansas State shared. Vargas takes on a very hot Sydney Givens tomorrow in an exciting Quarterfinal matchup.
In the last matchup of the Round of 16, Kerrville’s Raleygh Simpson upset 3rd-seeded Alise Kundson on No. 18. Raleygh shared “I feel great. I sunk two great short putts on the last two holes to secure the win.” Raleyghs birthday is tomorrow and received a nice early present for securing a ticket in the quarterfinals.
The heat played a larger role today. The morning started in the low 80s with cloudy weather and calm winds. Closer to 11 A.m. the sun came out and the temperature climbed into the high 90s. By 3 P.M. the heat index reached 105.
Three of the 16 matches in the morning’s Round of 32 went to extra holes, highlighted by a 21-hole marathon between Spicewood’s Emma Vonn Hoffmann and Coppell’s Lauren Rios. Von Hoffmann showed her toughness and finished it out on a fun but challenging third hole at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club.
The Championship Match Play Bracket’s Quarterfinals begin Thursday at 8 a.m. The Semifinals follow in the afternoon, setting the stage for the Final Match on Friday morning. For more information on the 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur, click here.