July 17, 2014
U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship
DUPONT, Wash. -- Northwestern incoming freshman Sarah Cho (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) participated in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course in DuPont. Wash., this week. After 36 holes of stroke play, Cho made the cut with a 1-over 145 and advanced to match play, which runs from Wednesday, July 16-Sunday, July 19.
In her first round match on Wednesday, Cho defeated Jacquelyn Eleey, 4 and 2. The duo matched pars on the first three holes to start all-square. Cho then recorded a fourth-straight par on the fourth hole to go 1 up after a bogey by Eleey. A birdie by Eleey and par by Cho on the sixth hole put things at all-square again before Cho went 1 up again on the seventh hole. She controlled that lead for the next three holes before Eleey made things all-square again on the 11th hole. Cho did not back down, scoring with a par on the 12th hole to go 1 up again, recorded a birdie on 13 and a par on 14 to take the 3 up lead. After both players recorded birdies on the 15th hole, Cho put the finishing touches on the round with a par on the 16th hole while Eleey finished with a bogey.
In the Round of 32, Cho faced No. 3 seed Dominique Galloway. Cho took the early 1 up lead after the first hole and maintained that lead after the second hole. A par by Galloway and bogey by Cho put things at all-square on the third hole and it remained that way through the 10th hole. On hole 11, Galloway used a birdie to go 1 up, went 2 up on the 14th hole with another birdie, 3 up on the 15th hole and closed out the round on the 16th holewith a 3 & 2 victory as both players recorded pars.
During stroke play, Cho opened up competition with a 2-over 74 on Monday. She had a steady scorecard with 16 pars, including 12-straight to start the round, and two bogeys. She improved her score by three strokes in the second round, registering a 1-under 71 with four birdies.
With a 1-over 145 (74-71), Cho tied for 33rd in the field to make the cut, which took the top 60 players. Cho was one of eight players to tie for 33rd and that group also included 2014 NCAA Champion Doris Chen of USC.
Cho is one of two incoming freshmen on head coach Emily Fletcher’s squad for the 2014-15 season. The duo, which also includes Hannah Kim (Chula Vista, Calif./Otay Ranch), makes up arguably the best recruiting class in program history as both were ranked in the top 10 in the country by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Cho comes in at No. 4 nationally and first in the state of California, while Kim is ranked No. 9 in the country.
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