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Madison Le Wins 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur
BULLARD – Mansfield’s Madison Le defeated Sydney Givens of Austin 5&4 to claim the 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club on Friday. Le joins an elite list of past champions and solidifies her place in Texas golf history.
Le, a junior at the University of Texas at Arlington, earned 26th seed in the Championship Match Play Bracket after recording 7-over-par 78 in Tuesday’s Qualifying Round. As the 26th out of 32 total seeds, Le played spoiler for much of her journey to the title.
“It’s super unreal,” Le said. “I didn’t think I was going to get this far. This was my first year playing the tournament and I came to play well, obviously, but I didn’t think I was going to make it here and win this whole thing. I’ve been playing really good recently so I’m glad I broke through and got the win.”
Le came into the week fresh off a top-20 finish at the Women’s Stroke Play Championship in June and put together a string of match victories to remember this week.
The Final Match was tight throughout the front nine. Givens held a 2-up lead through two holes before Le turned her game on. Le won the next three holes to take a 1-up lead after five. She won the par-4 eighth hole to take a 2-up lead she would carry to the back nine.
On the back nine, Le continued her momentum by winning holes No. 10 and 11 to take a commanding 4-up lead. She capped off the victory with a 15 foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th hole to win 5&4.
After narrowly making it into the Championship Match Play Bracket, Le felt she had a chance to do something special this week.
“I knew it was going to be special on the first day of match play,” Le said. “I barely made it into match play for the Championship Flight and I felt really good. I was hitting it really good and cruised through my first match.”
In the Round of 32, she defeated No. 7 seed Tristan Gabbard, 3&2. Le then took down 10th-seed Madison Brown, 4&3, in the Round of 16.
In the Quarterfinals, Le beat No. 31 seed Amari Smith of McKinney, 3&1 in her only non-upset of the week. The UT-Arlington standout then toppled No. 19-seeded Raleygh Simpson of Kerrville in the Semis, 1 up.
When ranking this win among the others she’s had in her career, Le didn’t hesitate to put it at the top.
“Oh, absolutely at the top of the list,” Le said. “This is my second Texas Golf Association tournament ever so to come here and win and everyone here is super good, there’s a lot of good college golfers and it’s just super cool.”
In addition to the Le-Givens showdown, six other flights in the tournament held their final matches Friday.
In the First Flight, Meghan Meserole defeated Kaylee Vesely, 5&4. In the Second Flight, Simone Campise defeated Cari Denson in 20 holes. In the Third Flight, Abigail Hirtzel defeated Vanessa Campos, 3&1. In the Consolation First Flight, Nina Gudgeon defeated Isabel Crow, 1up. In the Consolation Second Flight, EG Messenger defeated Cesilee Mokry, 3&1. In the Consolation Third Flight, Lee Ann Penick defeated Ella Veretto, 3&2.
The Texas Golf Association extends its gratitude to the Eagle’s Bluff Country Club, including its staff and membership, for their support, hospitality, and generosity during the 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur. We greatly appreciate the efforts from the club, as well as the TGA volunteers, for helping us create a memorable championship week. For more information on the 102nd Women’s Texas Amateur, click here.