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Swords reaches quarterfinals of GSGA Match Play Championship



Newnan entry Annie Swords advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual Women’s Match Play Championship at Canongate-on-White Oak.

The three-day tournament opened with both stroke play and the opening round of match play, where Swords was a 2-and-1 winner over Lauren Court of Lawrenceville.

Swords, who fired a 3-over 75 in stroke play to earn the No. 8 seed in the 16-player event, will face top-seeded Danielle Davis of St. Simons Island. The pair begin today’s action with an 8:16 a.m. tee time.

Both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played today, before the two finalists tee off on Saturday at 8 a.m.

On Thursday, Davis, who tied for the top stroke round at 1-over 73 with Johns Creek High School standout Janet Mao, went the distance with 16th-seeded Katie Plummer of Buford while needing a par on the 18th hole to advance to face Swords, a senior at The Heritage School.

Swords, who played in the USGA Girls Amateur both in 2011 and 2013, fell behind early in her initial match-play round while dropping three of her first four holes.

Down 3-up, she evened the match by the turn before eventually taking control with a birdie on No. 12 and consecutive pars on holes 13 and 14 to grab a lead for good.

Today’s other quarterfinal matches features Mao, who tied for fourth at this year’s Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA state tournament. Mao, seeded second, faces seventh-seeded Hannah Mae Deems of Taylorsville after winning 3 and 2 in the opening round of match play. Mao and Deems tee off at 8:32 a.m.

Three first-round upsets included wins by No. 13 seed Megan Carter of Blackshear, No. 14 seed Hannah Solesbee of Winston and 11th-seeded Amira Alexander of Alpharetta .

Solesbee needed 19 holes to outlast third-seeded Stephanie Bennett of Appling, while Alexander held off multiple match-play champion Laura Coble of Augusta 4 and 3. Solesbee and Alexander tee off at 8:40 a.m.

Carter faces fifth-seeded Mercedes Huarte of Suwanee in a quarterfinal that tees off at 8:24 a.m.

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