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August 12, 2010

Princeton's Shon, Penn's Han Led Ivy Contingent at USGA Women's Amateur

Shon advanced to the Round of 16 at the prestigious USGA event

Portions Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications
Photo Courtesy of AJGA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Princeton's Kelly Shon and Penn's Isabel Han advanced to mach play at the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the par-72 Charlotte Country Club, while four other golfers with Ivy League ties appeared in the United States Golf Association's (USGA) most prestigious event for amateurs. The six-day tournament began on August 9 with two rounds of stroke play and concludes on August 15 with an individual champion crowned from a match pay field of 64.

Shon, an incoming freshman with the Tigers, had an impressive start to the event. She fired a 71-75--146 to tie for 23rd after stroke play. In the first round of match play, she downed Ai Miyazawa (Bradenton, Fla.) 4 & 3. In Round of 32 action, Shon recorded a 2&1 win over Nicole Vandermade (Brantford, Ontario), a rising junior at the University of Texas. But in the Round of 16 Shon was defeated by Stephanie Sherlock (Barrie, Ontario), a recent graduate of Denver University, 3&2.

Han shot 74-77--151 that placed her in a six-way tie on the cutline. In the six-for-one playoff to earn the 64th seed, Han emerged victorious to become the first Penn women's golfer to advance to the match play portion of the prestigious tournament. In the Round of 64, Han faced Rachel Rohanna, a rising sophomore at Ohio State who shot a tournament-record 65 in Monday's first round. Rohanna followed that up with a 73 Tuesday to finish at 138 in stroke play and tie for medalist honors.

In match play, Han hung tough versus top-seeded Rohann but ultimately dropped the match 1up. After trading a one hole lead for much of the match, the competitors were all square with five holes to play. Both players then recorded pars on No. 14 and on No. 15, but on No. 16 Rohanna netted a par while Han recorded a bogey. Rohanna then matched Han's 17th-hole par and 18th-hole bogey to clinch the win.

Incoming Penn freshman Michelle Lee and recent Penn graduate Meredith Kotowski also appeared in the initial 156-player field. Lee shot a 79-76--155 to tie for 95th, while Kotowski shot 78-78--156 to tie for 105th.

Yale had two players in the 156-player field. Bulldog freshman Sun Park, who recently played in the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, also tied for 105th by shooting an 80-76--156. Rising Bulldog senior Cassie Boles shot an 81-83--164 to tie for 149th.