GLEN COVE, N.Y. – It was late enough in a match play situation where a major turn could mean the difference in a win and advance to the round of 32 situation in the United States Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship Wednesday at the Nassau Golf Club.
Thirteen holes into a match with LSU sophomore women’s golfer Carly Ray Goldstein and Mississippi State senior Ally McDonald things were all square after Goldstein was finally after six halved holes able to get a par to get the match all square.
But things turned on a dime as McDonald won the 14th hole with a birdie and the 15th hole with a par and the 2UP lead was too much to overcome as Goldstein fell 2&1 to end her bid for LSU’s second women’s amateur title.
The pair halved the 16th and 17th holes to end the match.
The front nine had its moments as McDonald struck first in the match on the third hole, only to have Goldstein come right back on the fifth hole and win to square the match. But McDonald used a par on the sixth hole to go back ahead, 1UP and that’s where it stayed until Goldstein tied the match with a nice up and down from off the green on the 13th hole.
For Goldstein, however, the loss does not dampen the last month for her as she advanced to match play in two of the USGA’s national championships for women’s – the amateur public links and the national amateur championship.
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