Adell Falls, Yoshitake Advances in National Amateur Championship
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- It took 13 extra holes before Mary Michael Maggio finally defeated Cal Poly's Asia Adell in the second round of match play Thursday night in the Women's Western Golf Association's 112th National Amateur Championship at the Monroe Golf and Country Club in Monroe, Mich.
Maggio, from Conway, Ark., and Adell, from Fresno, Calif., finished 18 holes of regulation dead even before rain forced a delay in play. The two golfers were on the 19th hole.
When play resumes at the Monroe Golf and Country Club in Monroe, Mich., Adell and Maggio finished the 19th hole and played 12 more holes before Maggio sank the winning putt to end the marathon round-of-16 Championship Flight match.
On the 31st hole of play (the 13th), Maggio was on the back fringe in three shots and Adell was 30 yards in front of the green in three. Adell's approach shot left her a 25-foot putt which missed the cup by inches. Maggio drained her 10-foot putt from off the green to take the match at about 9 p.m. The WWGA believes that this a record for number of holes needed to be played to determine a winner in match play at the tournament.
Meanwhile, Mustang Taylor Yoshitake (pictured at right) won her quarterfinal-round match in the First Flight on Thursday, defeating Laura Hendee of Tampa, Fla., 1 up. Yoshitake faces Emily Wright of Mason Ohio in the semifinals Friday.
In stroke play Monday and Tuesday, Adell finished in a tie for 40th place with 11 other golfers with a 153 total on the 6,142-yard, par-73 course, advancing to the championship flight of match play. Adell defeated Katie Petrino of Fayetteville, Ark., 4 and 2 in the first round, then ousted Lisbeth Brooks of Waunakee, Wisc., 1 up, in the round of 32 Thursday morning.
Yoshitake's 156 total during stroke play Monday and Tuesday placed her in a tie for 65th place with two other golfers, missing the championship flight by one stroke. Competing in the first flight, she posted a 3 and 2 victory over Daria Cummings of Monroe, Conn., on Wednesday before earning her victory over Hendee in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
There were 138 competitors in the field.
Both Adell and Yoshitake will be juniors next season at Cal Poly. Adell is a graduate of Clovis West High School while Yoshitake, pictured at right, is from Los Angeles and attended Saint Monica Catholic High School.
The 64 players who shot 155 or less, including Adell, qualified to play in the championship flight. Single-elimination match play began Wednesday morning and continues through Saturday's 36-hole final. The remainder of the field, including Yoshitake, were placed in subsequent flights and will play through Friday afternoon.