04 Aug 2021 | Amateur golf |

Kim, Hinson-Tolchard and Mahar advance at US Women's Amateur

by Dane Heverin

Grace Kim gives a thumbs up after the second round of the US Women's Amateur. Photo: Golf NSW.
Grace Kim gives a thumbs up after the second round of the US Women's Amateur. Photo: Golf NSW.

Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Emily Mahar and Grace Kim have advanced to the match play rounds of the US Women's Amateur at Westchester Country Club.

West Australian Hinson-Tolchard was the best of the Australians in the stroke play with rounds of 72 and 73 to finish +1 and T20.

Hinson-Tolchard, who is studying at Oklahoma State, had made the most of her opportunity after only getting into the field at the last minute because the medallist at the course she attempted to qualify at withdrew.

Queenslander Mahar carded a two-under 70 in the second round to jump into T40 and +3.

In a strange twist of fate, Hinson-Tolchard and Mahar will face-off in the first round of the matchplay.

Meanwhile, current NSW and Australian Amateur Champion Grace Kim also progressed.

Rounds of 76 and 72 to sit T45 at +4 were enough for the Sydneysider, who wrestled with the windy conditions and tough course layout.

"This course is rated at 78.6. I finished at four over, and seeing the cut at plus six, it's hard for everyone," Kim told Golf NSW.

The Karrie Webb Series Scholarship winner had a difficult opening round, but responded after some messages of encouragement from Webb.

"I was a little bit frustrated after yesterday, but Karrie (Webb) messaged me overnight and said one round doesn't matter, it's all about matching the matchplay," Kim said.

"In fact, she's just messaged me then and said good job!"

Kim will take on Canadian Celeste Dao in the round of 64.

The other Australians in the field - Makensie Toole (+10) and Darcy Habgood (+11) - missed the cut.

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