Taking the Next Step

CU’s Hodgkins lands spot in match play at U.S. Women’s Amateur; fellow former CGA Women’s Match Play champ Swann also advances

By Gary Baines – 8/5/2020

University of Colorado golfer Kirsty Hodgkins saw her guaranteed stay extended at the U.S. Women’s Amateur by one day when Hurricane Isaias brought 2.64 inches of rain to Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., on Tuesday. Then when play resumed on Wednesday, Hodgkins added at least another day to her trip thanks to her own performance.

The 2020 CGA Women’s Match Play champion finished in the top 64 after two rounds of stroke play to advance to the match-play portion of the event, which begins on Thursday.

The Australian, the low amateur at the 2019 CoBank Colorado Women’s Open, ended up in 48th place after posting rounds of 73-76 for a 5-over-par 149 total. Hodgkins was 1 under par for the day through six holes, but went 5 over the rest of the way. Nevertheless, that was still good enough to keep the part-time Boulder resident out of a playoff for the final spots into match play as those at 150 had to go extra holes for the chance to advance.

Also making match play was another CGA Women’s Match Play champion, 2018 winner Kennedy Swann of Austin, Texas, who has played college golf at the University of Mississippi after transferring from Clemson. Swann made five birdies in a round of 71 on Wednesday, giving her a 146 total and a tie for 18th place in stroke play.

Rachel Heck of Memphis earned stroke-play medalist honors on Wednesday with a 4-under-par 140 total.

For all the scores from the U.S. Women’s Amateur, CLICK HERE.