CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Country Club course was not as friendly for Erynne Lee during the opening round of match play as it had been a day earlier. Still, she found a way to advance.
Lee, of Silverdale, Wash., who had seven birdies in a round of 66 to wrap up stroke play, beat Isabelle Lendl of Goshen, Conn., in 19 holes on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur championships.
“The tempo wasn’t there, there wasn’t the harmony in my mood,” said Lee, who managed just one birdie on the day.
Lendl, daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl, missed the green on the first extra hole, as she did to open match play.
“I was thinking, ‘OK, she just opened the door for me,”’ Lee said. “I took advantage of it. On the very first hole, I had the same yardage, and I took too much of it. So I grabbed one club down and it was perfect.”
Fellow stroke play co-medalists Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., and Jaclyn Sweeney of Andover, Mass., clinched their matches in regulation.
Rohanna topped Isabel Han of Harrington, N.J., 1 up, two days after setting an event record with a first-round 65, bailing herself out of rare tee-shot trouble with a superb short game.
“Usually that’s when I come through in the clutch, with my tee shots,” Rohanna said. “I feel like no pressure with them, but today was completely opposite. I was so comfortable on the greens, and just the tee shots, I was a little shaking over.”
Sweeney qualified with dual rounds of 69 in stroke play, then beat Jaclyn Jansen 6 and 5 on a hazy day in which temperatures again reached the mid 90s.
“This is hot for me, because I live in Sarasota (Florida),” Sweeney said. “Anyone else who thinks differently lives on the surface of the sun.”
Brooke Pancake of Chattanooga, Tenn., fourth after stroke play, lost in 20 holes to Corrine Carr of Pinehurst, N.C. NCAA champion Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State, carrying her own bag, advanced with a 19-hole win against Canadian Rebecca Lee-Bentham.
Second- and third-round matches are Thursday, with quarterfinals Friday and semifinals Saturday. The final of this U.S. Golf Association event will be 36 holes on Sunday.