Mackenzie Advances at Womens Am

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USGANORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Paige Mackenzie continued her sterling play at the famed Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on Wednesday, cruising past Leah Wigger during the first round of match play at the 106th U.S. Women's Amateur.
 
The oldest and most prestigious championship in women's golf began the match- play portion of the competition Wednesday with the medalist disposing of Wigger, 3 & 2. Mackenzie took medalist honors after finishing 36 holes of stroke play at 3-under-par 139.
 
Tiffany Joh and In Kyung Kim, who each finished the stroke play portion two strokes behind Mackenzie, both played only 15 holes Wednesday. Joh defeated Alice Kim, 4 & 3 while Kim dispatched of Theresa Paik, 4 & 3.
 
The upset of the day came when Lauren Espinosa, a talented 19-year-old who qualified for the United States Women's Open, sneaked past 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Jane Park, 1-up. Park also finished as the runner-up in 2003 and led this year's United States Women's Open held at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island after the first round.
 
Espinosa never trailed one of the tournament favorites, draining a putt for a birdie at the par-5 fourth to grab an early edge. The match was all square around the turn before the Hickory Creek, Texas native made a birdie at the 194-yard par-3 10th hole, then a par was good enough to increase the advantage at the par-5 11th.
 
Park evened the match with birdies at the 12th and 14th holes, but Espinosa made her second '2' of the back nine with a birdie at the par-3 15th before her bogey at the next hole again squared the match.
 
The match came down to the 18th hole, a sweeping dogleg left par-5, with Espinosa making a par to win the hole and pull off the surprise.
 
Things were much easier for Mackenzie, who struck first blood after Wigger made double bogey at the par-4 sixth hole. A par at the 10th hole built the advantage to 2-up, but Wigger's bogey at the par-4 13th was good enough to draw back within one.
 
Mackenzie increased the edge again with a birdie at the short par-3 15th and the match ended when Wigger could not convert a par at the par-4 16th hole.
 
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