YOUNG Filipina parbuster Princess Superal got through the first round of match play and faces a tough task in the round of 32 as she takes on defending champion Emma Talley in the US Women’s Amateur Championship.
The 17-year-old Superal, winner of the US Girls Junior Championship last month, beat Raegan Bremer of Anaheim, 3 and 1, at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
They were all square after seven holes but Superal hit back-to-back birdies from No. 8 to go 2-up and Bremer never caught up.
That set up a showdown between Superal and 20-year-old title-holder Talley from Princeton, Kentucky, who defeated Jiyoon Jang of Rancho Mirage, California, in 19 holes.
“So far, every day has been better,” Talley said. “Hopefully, it will continue.”
Alabama recruit Lakareber Abe, looking to become the first black female individual champion in US Golf Association history, beat qualifying medalist Bethany Wu 6 and 4.
"It was just smooth sailing," said the 18-year-old Abe Abe, second last year in the US Girls' Junior. "I didn't get too up or too down. Just kind of steady the whole time."
The 17-year-old Wu, from Diamond Bar, California, became the first top seed to fall in the first round since co-medalist Jihee Kim in 2011.
"I wasn't hitting it solid," Wu said. "After I lost the third hole, it kind of got in my head. I tried to come back so quickly, and it just didn't work out. Overall, just a terrible day."
Abe will face Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, on Thursday. The 16-year-old O'Sullivan beat Gaby Lopez, an Arkansas player from Mexico, 2 up.
O'Sullivan won the last two holes with birdies, chipping in on No. 18.
"I remembered all the chips I'd practiced and I just chipped it in," O'Sullivan said.
Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, the low amateur in the US Women's Open, routed Mika Liu of Beverly Hills, California, 7 and 5.