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Doey, Gabi continue US form

Doey Choi
Doey Choi finished strongly in Mississippi today.

A mixed opening day for the Aussie women has left the path open for some and a rocky road for others at the US Women’s Amateur.

Sydney’s Doey Choi and Melbourne’s Gabi Ruffels, the finalists at the recent North and South Amateur, continued their good form at the Old Waverly Golf Club in Mississippi.

Choi closed with three birdies in her final four holes today to card a one-under-par 71 to share 11th after the first day of stroke play qualifying.

Ruffels took the opposite route, making two closing bogeys but still signing for a 72 that left her in a share of 22nd with the top 64 to advance to match play after tomorrow’s second round.

Near the “bubble” is Sydney’s Steph Kyriacou, who fought back well to play the front (her second) nine one under to finish at three over and a share of 65th.

A shot further back is Gold Coaster Becky Kay whose round had looked promising until a double-bogey on the short third hole, her 12th, was the catalyst of a string of bogeys en route to a 76 and a share of 86th.

American college-based pair Amelia Grohn, of Coffs Harbour, and Jess Whitting, of Perth, fired rounds of 79 that left them at T123 and with work ahead.

The same applies to Victorian Sue Wooster, who made four bogeys on each side of the course to card a 80 for a share of 128th.

Meanwhile, the USGA today announced that the winners of both the US Women’s Amateur and US Amateur will be entitled to take up their exemptions into the following year’s US Women’s Open and US Open as either amateurs or professionals.

Previously that spot had been available only to players who stayed amateur.

“We believe this change gives our champions an important option as they choose whether and when to embark on their professional careers,” said the USGA’s John Bodenhamer.

“Given the significant purses awarded at the US Open and US Women’s Open, we realise how important it is for players to make the most appropriate decision for his or her career, and the positive impact it could have at the outset of their professional careers.”

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