Tuesday, August 04, 2009

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Amy Anderson shot a 3-under 68 in the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur to take a one-shot lead on Monday.

Anderson, 17, of Oxbow, N.D., earned medalist honors at the U.S. Girls' Junior last month at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. She went on to win the championship, which gave her a full exemption into this week's field at the 6,422-yard, par-71 Old Warson Country Club.

Finishing one stroke off Anderson's pace were 17-year-olds Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, and Ha Na Jang of Korea.

Anderson is trying to become just the third person to earn medalist honors at the Girls' Junior and Women's Amateur in the same year, joining Michiko Hattori in 1986 and Vicki Goetz in 1990. No one has won both championships in the same year.

``I didn't originally try to qualify because it was going to be so busy,'' said Anderson, who played in the PGA Junior Championship in Ohio between the Girls' Junior and the Women's Amateur and has another event in Minnesota next week. ``Since I got the exemption, I wanted to come. My parents just finally gave in.''

In 2006, Kim became the youngest U.S. Women's Amateur winner with her victory at age 14 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore. She was the runner-up this year at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Girls' Junior.

After a second day of stroke play Tuesday, the U.S. Women's Amateur field will be reduced to 64 players for match play. The first round of match play is scheduled for Wednesday, the second and third rounds will be played Thursday, the quarterfinal matches are Friday, the semifinal matches are Saturday, and the 36-hole championship final will be played Sunday.

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