They're playing this week at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. After medal play, no playoff was needed to determine the 64 players entering match play on Wednesday. TV will cover this Friday and Saturday.
Defending champ Yana Wilson was low medalist. The junior threesome I followed at Mizuho in June all advanced to match play - Anna Davis, Kiara Romero and Vanessa Borovilos. NJ regular Katie Li also advanced, as well as husky Sydney Yermish ... I saw her at a 2019 USWO qualifier where a volunteer at the 1st tee asked her what college she was attending; the reply was "I'm 13." Another candidate to be the new EMP advanced, Jeneath Wong, whose nickname is Pocket Dynamite.
The three most noticeable names losing yesterday were Bailey Shoemaker, Avery Zweig and Jeneath Wong. There was also a second NJ player in action yesterday who is a new one on me, Ysabel Liu of Short Hills (probably plays Canoe Brook CC a lot) ... she got dusted. The excellent summer of Chizuru Komiya of Japan continues ... first, a last-minute invite to the USWO and a win yesterday.
Only one ROK flag in the Round of 64, Ashley Kim (below), and she got pounded by Yana Wilson. However, there are at least three Korean "offshoots" in the Round of 32.
A 3-hour rain delay might prevent the completion of the Round of 16, but there was enough time for Gianna Clemente to knock off Anna Davis. The last Canuck standing is Lauren Kim who played the recent USWO ... A/S after 16 holes against Reese McCauley ... they must have flashlights out there. Sunset in Denver was at 8:25 PM or twenty minutes ago. Kaitlyn Schroeder lost in the Round of 32 and Tiffany Huang bombed out of medal qualifying, but both are playing Evian next week.
Short-lived glory for Team Canada's Yeji Kwon, who knocked off Yana Wilson in the morning, but lost in the afternoon to recent USWO qualifier Farrah O"Keefe.
I have skimpy scouting report on today's 36-hole FINAL match, Rianne Malixi vs. Kiara Romero.
Malixi's first match went to the par-3 19th hole at the 2021 USWA: I watched Malixi from behind the target line. She has a blocky athletic build and demonstrated an excellent set-up and classic form on her swing. She hit the better ball at #1 and made par, while Mateo made four, ending the match.
I was unsuccessful in measuring Kiara Romer's length off the tee with her threesome at the 2023 Mizuho: No. 7 is listed at 418, but the blocks are at 384 ... Davis hit it 264, a mid-height, piercing mini-draw. No bucket hat for her, but her loop has one ... I think her dad is following along. She's gaming old-school Titleist muscleback irons with a straight horizontal line across the back. Vanessa Borovilos (in a Team Cannuck uniform) hit it 281. Don't know about the third, Kiara Romero, who was in right rough ... beautiful swing, but might need more horsepower.
More trivia: Romero is starting at U. of Oregon in the fall ... her older sister Kaleiya is already at Pepperdine and both will play the USWA next month. The Philippines can't lose either way today as Romero's mom has a Philippines background. Malixi is one year younger and I haven't seen any notes on what college she might attend, if any.
Memo to The Old Goofball: Please add the next Girls' Junior at El Caballero CC to your calendar (July 15-20, 2024). No sites identified yet for 2028 thru 2030, but the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast area would be overdue by then.
I will be at El Cab. That's where Se Ri humiliated the Surly Swede.
More pearls of wisdom from The Ancient One ... here's the AP story in the April 7, 2002 issue of 'The Deseret News' -
OFFICE DEPOT CHAMPIONSHIP: At Los Angeles, Se Ri Pak widened her lead with an eagle on the hole she double bogeyed a day earlier, shot her second consecutive 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke advantage into the final round of the Office Depot Championship.
On the 463-yard, par-5 No. 17, where she had hit into the water and three-putted from 11 feet for a 7 the previous day, she hit a good drive, stroked her 9-iron onto the fringe 18 feet from the pin, then rolled in the winding putt for an eagle 3.