Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, competed in the 114th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. The championship, which is conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), is one of the best amateur events in the world. The event was held August 4-10, 2014.
The tournament field, which consists of 156 of the finest amateur women golfers in the world, was cut down to 64 players after 36 qualifying holes. Zhang played well in the stroke-play portion of the championship finishing in a tie for 33rd place after scores of 74 and 71. She was in control of all aspects of her game and navigated the Tom Fazio renovated greens like a Nassau Country Club member. After a series of tiebreakers per the USGA rules and regulations, Zhang was awarded the 36th seed and a match with North Carolina State University standout, Brittany Marchand.
Zhang did not get off to the start she wanted, but quickly bounced back erasing a two-down deficit after winning the fifth and sixth holes of the match. Marchand and Zhang battled back and forth from holes No. 7-13, and the match tilted slightly in the favor of Marchand after she won the 14th hole with par. Marchand would go 2-up with two holes to play, but Zhang did not back down. Facing elimination, she holed out for birdie on the 17th hole to extend the match. Unfortunately, Zhang could not convert birdie on the last hole, which gave Marchand the 2-up victory.
This was Zhang’s first match-play experience, one that she will build upon for future USGA competitions.
For more information regarding the U.S. Women’s Amateur, visit the USGA’s website here.