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Migliaccio fires 4-under 67 to make huge move at 114th Women’s North & South Amateur

Emilia-Migliaccio

Emilia Migliaccio, one of the top junior golfers in the world, was brilliant in the Women’s North & South’s second round on Tuesday on Pinehurst No. 2

The 17-year-old junior golfer now in second place after starting the day 26th

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – It is not unreasonable to state that, since Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis on Sunday of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, no one has played Pinehurst No. 2 better than Emilia Migliaccio did on Tuesday.

No one.

Migliaccio, among the top-ranked junior golfers not only in North Carolina but in the world, carded a brilliant 4-under 67 in the second round of the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur to move from a share of 26th place to start the round all the way to second and just three shots off the lead, still held by Maddie Szeryk.

“I hit every green and every fairway, so, um, that’s going to help,” quipped Migliaccio, who is just 17 years old. “(In the first round), I missed the greens in some poor spots, which cost me some strokes. So (Tuesday) my mom (her caddie) and I focused on ‘middle of the green, middle of the green,’ which is what everyone has told us to do, and I did that on every hole.”

“It’s such an honor to be here. This is THE bucket list of every golfer, to play here.” -Emilia Migliaccio

Both are remarkable feats for Migliaccio, who was 10 shots better in the second round than her first on another difficult day on No. 2. Migliaccio’s round was the only one under par on Tuesday and included five birdies, three of which came on the course’s three par-5s.

“The most important thing for me was to play freely,” she said. “I know my game is solid, so there was no reason for me to be nervous over a putt or nervous over a shot.”

Migliaccio won the North Carolina state 4-A championship when she was a freshman at Athens Drive in 2013, and came into the North & South with three wins this season already to go with four runner-up finishes. A Wake Forest recruit, she has won the last two Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournaments, a championship whose previous champions include Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan and Smylie Kaufman.

But this round was a little extra special.

“It’s such an honor to be here. This is THE bucket list of every golfer, to play here,” Migliaccio said. “And I get to play so many rounds. I’m just so fortunate.

“The U.S. Open was here just a couple of years ago. I watched Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson here,” Migliaccio added. “That was such a cool experience.”

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Texas A&M’s Maddie Szeryk leads the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur after the first two rounds.

As brilliant as Migliaccio was, she and the rest of the field are still chasing Szeryk, the Texas A&M star. Representing Team Canada this week, Szeryk followed up her first-round 69 with a gutsy 72 to remain at 1 under par for the championship.

“It was definitely a grinding day,” said Szeryk, who owns a slew of Texas A&M school records. “I didn’t hit the ball as well as I did (Monday), but I had a lot of really good up-and-downs.”

Szeryk got as low as 3 under for the championship, but was offset by four bogeys.

“I was able to keep it together,” she said. “I tried not to make any big numbers, which can happen out here.”

They sure can. For the second straight day, the stroke average was higher than 79, and again, there were more double bogeys – 124 to 123 – than birdies.

Teams participate in day two of stroke play at the 2016 NCAA Women's Golf National Championship at the Eugene Country Club on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon.

Big Ten Champion August Kim is tied for second.

Still, several top players coming into the championship find themselves in the thick of the hunt for one of 16 match play seeds, which will be determined by a final round of stroke play on Wednesday. Big Ten Champion, Purdue’s August Kim, had the second-lowest round of the day with an even par 71 to share second place with Migliaccio and Florida’s Kelly Grassel at 2 over for the championship.

“I played pretty well all the way through,” Kim said. “Of course, I missed my share of greens and didn’t put myself in a some good spots, but my putting and short game were really solid. And because of that, I wasn’t really afraid of the course, and I think that was a big deal. I think a lot of the girls fell into that pitfall.”

Katelyn Dambaugh, the runner-up for the Annika Award and the highest-ranked player in the field, struggled to a 78, but is tied for 15th at 9 over. Stanford’s Casey Danielson, who was the 2014 Women’s North & South medalist, shot 76 and is tied for 10th. Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight, who made the cut in her LPGA Tour debut in April, is tied for 18th.

The Women’s North & South Amateur is the longest consecutively running amateur championship in the United States. North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey as well as Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.

As much as the North & South is a championship with a great past, it also continues to foster a great legacy. Ten of the last 13 Amateur champions have joined the LPGA Tour, three of whom have won major championships – Pressel, Tseng and as of Sunday, Lang, who won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open.

 

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Needham happily returns to Pinehurst, and it shows at 114th Women’s North & South Amateur

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Florida’s Sydney Needham shares the lead at 114th Women’s North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2.

Florida senior fires 2-under 69 to share lead with Texas A&M star Maddie Szeryk

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. –Sydney Needham couldn’t wait to get back to Pinehurst.

And it showed in her game.

Playing her third Women’s North & South Amateur, the Florida senior had an eagle and two birdies to fire a 2-under 69 and share the lead with Texas A&M’s Maddie Szeryk after the first round of the 114th edition of the storied Pinehurst championship on Monday at Pinehurst No. 2.

“This is the one tournament out of the year where I’m excited to come out and play,” Needham said. “This is the one I look forward to every year. We’re taken care of by all the people here, and it makes me feel so good. And obviously, it translates out onto the golf course.”

Obviously.

Needham started her round on the 10th hole, and after a couple of pars, she holed out from the fairway on the 12th. Needham made birdies on both par-3s, the 15th and the 17th, to shoot a 4-under 32 on her first nine.

Needham made back-to-back bogeys after that, but finished with seven straight pars – including a nifty up-and-down from the swale right of the 9th green – to match Szeryk for the low round of the day.

It was also the best round Needham has played at No. 2. She narrowly missed the cut to the top 16 for match play a year ago.

“I come here every year because I love playing Pinehurst No. 2,” Needham said. “It’s so fun out here.

“The history of the golf course makes it just a really cool environment to be a part of,” Needham added. “It’s a golfer’s dream, it really is.”

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Texas A&M’s Maddie Szeryk is the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur co-leader after the first round.

Szeryk matched Needham’s dream round, making a staggering five birdies on the day in her first competitive appearance on No. 2. The Canada native holds several school records at Texas A&M, including scoring average, and it showed on Monday. Missing just one fairway, Szeryk was in control much of the day.

“I played really solid,” Szeryk said. “I knew when to go for it and when to just go for par and hit it to the middle of the green.

“I hit it really well today off the tee, and when you’re in the fairway here, it gives you some opportunities.”

Szeryk is one of several players with Team Canada, the nation’s developmental golf program. Team Canada has long been a presence at the North & South, and its talent was on display Monday. Fellow Canadian Jaclyn Lee added an even-par 71 to share third with another Florida standout, Kelly Grassel.

The championship will feature two more rounds of stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday before the field is cut to the top 16 players. From there, the championship will be decided by match play, with the Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches being played Thursday and the semifinals and final played on Friday.

Despite the two rounds under par at the top of the leaderboard – the 2015 championship had just one round under par through 54 holes of medal play – No. 2 still lived up to its U.S. Open reputation . The stroke average for the field was 79.57, with the front nine averaging above 40. There were more double bogeys – 122 to 109 – than birdies.

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South Carolina star Katelyn Dambaugh opened the Women’s North & South with a 2-over 73.

The lone player to shoot under par on No. 2 a year ago was 2015 medalist Katelyn Dambaugh, who returns to the Women’s North & South after another brilliant season at South Carolina. The Annika Award runner-up and All-American said she wasn’t at her best on Monday, but still managed a 2-over 73 to find herself tied for seventh.

“It played pretty tough,” said Dambaugh, the top-ranked player in the field. “It’s just a really difficult golf course. “

Dambaugh, though, showed off her brilliance with perhaps the best par save of the day on the 419-yard par-4 8th. After hitting her approach long and left of the green – perhaps the most undesirable spot on all of No. 2 – Dambaugh faced a similar pitch and hole location that drove John Daly to smack his ball while it was still rolling in the 1999 U.S. Open.

Dambaugh, though, bumped her chip into the bank. Still, even she was stunned to see her ball stop 2 feet from the hole for a miracle par.

“I’ll never know how that happened,” Dambaugh said with laugh.

Manuela Carbajo Re had one of the best starts in Women’s North & South history, opening with a birdie on the 1st, an eagle on the 2nd and a birdie on the 3rd to be 4 under through 3. While she stumbled with a triple bogey on the par-4 7th, Carbajo Re still managed a 1-over 72 to share fifth with junior golf standout Jennifer Chang, of Cary.

North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey as well as Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng. As much as the North & South is a championship with a great past, it also continues to foster a great legacy. Ten of the last 13 Amateur champions have joined the LPGA Tour, three of whom have won major championships – Pressel, Tseng and as of Sunday, Lang, who won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open.

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The 114th Women’s North & South Amateur – The Contenders

Bailey Tardy 2015 Womens N&S Winner

The 113th North & South Women’s Amateur Champion, Bailey Tardy.

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A year ago, nine former Women’s North & South Amateur champions competed in the U.S. Women’s Open. This year, at CordeValle, eight previous Women’s North & South Am champs are in the field.

That’s one more than the number of former U.S. Amateur champions.

Ten of the last 13 champions at Pinehurst have gone on to earn LPGA status. A couple of those – Yani Tseng (2005) and Morgan Pressel (2004) – have won major championships.* Of those 10, they’ve combined for more than $27.6 million in earnings, 19 victories and 208 top 10 finishes.

*Make that THREE! Congrats to 2003 North & South champ Brittany Lang on winning the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open!

And two of the last three champions include Ally McDonald – on pace to earn her LPGA Tour card via the Symetra Tour this year – and Bailey Tardy, who went on to star at Georgia for her freshman season and is playing in her second U.S. Women’s Open.

The field at the Women’s North & South Amateur is always among the deepest in the country. And 2016 is no exception.

So, who might win the 114th edition of the prestigious event? Here’s a look at the top contenders. (A note: As deep as this field is, it would surprise no one if the eventual champion is someone who is not on this initial list – just like Bailey Tardy.) The championship begins Monday with the first round of stroke play.

Katelyn.Dambaugh

South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh is the top-ranked player in the Women’s North & South field. A year ago, she was the championship’s medalist and reached the semifinals.

KATELYN DAMBAUGH – Dambaugh was the 2015 Women’s North & South medalist a year ago, carding the only under par round during three rounds of stroke play on Pinehurst No. 2. She reached the semifinals of the event before falling in a blockbuster match with Bethany Wu. The lefty is ranked as the No. 2 amateur in the world by Golfweek, and a lot of it has to do with her spectacular college career at South Carolina. Dambaugh, a rising senior, was a First Team All-American this season, the ANNIKA Award runner-up, won the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and set a school record for scoring average (71.62) and top-5 finishes in a single season (6). Dambaugh was the runner-up at the SEC Championship – setting a new record for lowest round (65) – and was under par in 10 of her 12 postseason rounds.

Kristen Gillman with the Robert Cox Trophy after winning the final round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

Kristen Gillman

KRISTEN GILLMAN – Gillman won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Who did she beat? Brooke Henderson. Good enough for us.

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Maria Torres

MARIA TORRES – So who beat Dambaugh to win the SEC title? Florida’s Maria Torres, ranked fifth in Golfweek’s amateur rankings. Torres was the 2016 SEC Golfer of the Year – the first Florida golfer to earn the honor since 1990 – had a 71.83 scoring average over 32 competitive rounds, and finished with 10 Top-25 finishes and five top-10 finishes. Torres represented Puerto Rico in the 2015 PanAmerican Games, finishing tied for 16th.

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Cheyenne Knight

CHEYENNE KNIGHT – Ranked as the sixth-best amateur by Golfweek, Knight backed up a stellar junior career with a great freshman season with top-ranked Alabama. Knight won the 2014 Texas 4-A state title, then won the 5-A state title in 2015. Knight, who was fourth at the NCAA Championship, also made the cut in her LPGA Tour debut, finishing tied for 29th and breaking par at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in April.

Casey Danielson won medalist honors at the 112th Women's North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.

Casey Danielson won medalist honors at the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.

CASEY DANIELSON – Danielson was the Women’s North & South medalist in 2014 at Pinehurst No. 8 and helped defending national champion Stanford reach the NCAA Championship finals this season before the team finished as the runner-up. Danielson posted three top-5 finishes, including a second and two fourths this year, and placed tied for sixth in the NCAA Championship. In high school, Danielson won four individual state championship titles and was her class valedictorian.

AUGUST KIM – Ranked 43rd by Golfweek, August Kim is the reigning Big Ten champion. The Purdue senior set a tournament record at the Big Ten Championship and went on to finish in a tie for 32nd at the NCAA Championship. Kim shot a team-high 12 rounds under par this season.

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Anna Redding won the 2013 Girls’ North & South Junior, then came back to finish as a semifinalist in the 2015 Women’s North & South Amateur.

ANNA REDDING – Redding won the 2013 Girls’ North & South Junior, then came back and finished as a semifinalist in the Women’s North & South a year ago, losing to the eventual champion, Tardy. Redding had a solid freshman season at Virginia, ranking fourth on the team in scoring average and appearing in the NCAA Championship. Redding was fifth at the ACC Championship and closed the regular season with back-to-back top-10 finishes.

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Maddie Szeryk

MADDIE SZERYK – Szeryk owns a host of Texas A&M school records. She’s tied for Texas A&M’s career lead in stroke average with 72.00 entering her senior season in 2016-17 and holds the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on A&M’s single-season stroke average list. Szeryk ranks second on Texas A&M’s career par or better rounds list and ranks first and third on Texas A&M’s season par-or-better rounds list.

North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

2014 North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

BRIGITTE DUNNE – Dunne won the 2014 Girls’ North & South Junior before enrolling at SMU. Dunne narrowly missed match play in the North & South a year ago, and comes into the 114th edition off a freshman season in which she appeared in 12 tournaments and played 34 rounds to a 74.59 scoring average.

SARAH BAE – Long a North Carolina prep golf standout, Bae won the 2010 Girls’ North & South Junior. She spent her first two collegiate seasons at High Point, where she was Big South Conference Player of the Year. Bae now plays for N.C. State, where she collected two top-20 finishes.

Honorable mentions: Kacie Komoto (ranked 48th by Golfweek); Marianne Li (formerly the top-ranked junior in Washington state); Kelly Whaley (daughter of Suzy Whaley, current Secretary of the PGA of America); Haley Mills (three top-10s with Texas during freshman season); Jessica Porvasnik (four top-10s at Ohio State this season).

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Leo Huddleston pays tribute to Payne at U.S. Kids event

At just 8 years old, Leo Huddleston already has a good sense of golf history.

Knowing he was going to compete in last week’s U.S. Kids Red, White & Blue Invitational at Pinehurst, he wanted to do something special to commemorate the event. And so he chose to pay tribute to Payne Stewart.

That led to some of the best golf photos you may see in a while:

Leo, who is from Tennessee, is quite the player already and played his first 18-hole round of golf when he was just 3. But for Pinehurst, he wanted to do something a little extra special.

“Leo wanted to pay tribute to Payne Stewart since he would be playing at Pinehurst, the scene of Payne’s 1999 U.S. Open win, so he hand-picked an outfit from GolfKnickers.com for the Red, White & Blue Invitational,” wrote Leo’s father, Rob. “Since the event was on Independence Day weekend, he (naturally) picked out a red, white and blue color scheme.”

We look forward to seeing Leo again during the U.S. Kids World Championship in August. But the best part? We’re already looking forward to seeing what he’ll be wearing.

“He plans to coordinate another outfit for the World Championships at Pinehurst,” Rob writes.

We can’t wait.

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On her birthday, Beaudreau wins 38th Girls’ Junior North & South

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Lauren Beaudreau won the 38th Girls’ Junior North & South Amateur. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Lauren Beaudreau turned 16 years old on Wednesday, the same day as the final round of the 38th Girls’ Junior North & South Amateur.

And so at breakfast in The Carolina Dining Room, pianist Gary Brown marked the occasion.

“He played a really long version of ‘Happy Birthday’ for me,” a smiling Beaudreau beamed.

It was the start to a perfect day. Beaudreau made two birdies on the first three holes to get off to a hot start in winning the Girls’ Junior North & South with a final-round 73 for a three-day total of 2-over-par 218.

“This place has so much tradition, and it’s just so great to now be a part of it,” said Beaudreau, of Lemont, Illinois. “I love this place, and I love coming back.”

Beaudreau, who competed in the U.S. Kids World Championship at Pinehurst when she was 11 and 12 years old, shot 76 on Pinehurst No. 2 in the first round before following that with the championship’s low round of 69 on Pinehurst No. 6. She followed that with a 73 on Wednesday, recovering from a double bogey on 14 with a birdie on 15 to clip Michaela Williams, of Athens, Alabama, by one shot.

“I started really hot and was really feeling good,” Beaudreau said. “I dropped a little bit, but I was able to hang on to the lead.”

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Alberto Martinez won the 38th Boys’ Junior North & South Amateur at Pinehurst. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Already a Pinehurst champion, Martinez wins 38th Boys’ Junior North & South

Alberto Martinez came into the Boys’ Junior North & South Amateur with a significant Pinehurst victory already on his resume. When he was 13, Martinez won the U.S. Kids World 13-and-under Championship.

Martinez proved just as steady at this level, making a clutch birdie on the par-5 17th hole at Pinehurst No. 8 to capture the 38th Boys’ Junior North & South by two shots.

“It means a lot,” Martinez, 16, said of his victory on Wednesday. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work and my family has done a lot to support me. It’s incredible to think I’ve had success at Pinehurst before and now have success at Pinehurst again.”

Martinez, who as a rising junior has already committed to play for Florida State, came into the round tied for second and a shot back. He made two birdies and a bogey in his final-round 71 to cap a three-day total of 2-under-par 212.

Martinez was the lone player under par. Nicholas Lyerly, of Salisbury, and Cooper Sears, of Old Hickory, Tennessee, tied for second at even par.

With their victories, both Beaudreau and Martinez earned berths into the 2017 Women’s and Men’s North & South Amateur championships.

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