Swords barely misses cut at USGA Girls Amateur

Newnan golfer Annie Swords was unable to hang around for match play at this year’s USGA Girls Amateur.

While making her third trip in four years to the prestigious tournament, Swords missed the cut by just one shot following two rounds of stroke play.

She closed Tuesday at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff Ariz. with an 8-over-155.

For a time, it appeared the Newnan standout was going to advance to match play while hovering on both sides of the cut line, which also concluded at 6-over. At one point late in Tuesday’s second round, the line was moved to 8-over.

The top 64 golfers move on to match play.

Swords shot five-over par to begin play on Monday, but came back with a solid round of golf and was just three over par on Tuesday including birdies on holes four, five and seven to begin the front nine.

She also birdied the last two holes on the course after a double bogey on No. 16 turned into her worst hole of the day.

It was that double bogey that might have ended her chances to move on. She also had the first of her first of two double bogeys in stroke play on Monday with a six on the par-4 hole No. 13.

Swords struggled with her game at times both Monday and Tuesday with six bogies on Tuesday and four on Monday.

In Monday’s opening round she also had just one birdie, carding a two on the par-3 second hole. She was one of 10 players who finished stroke play at 8-over par including fellow Georgian Sabrina Long from Alpharetta.

California resident Angel Yin ran away with stroke play, shooting a 13-under par to grab the No. 1 seed heading into the match play portion of the tournament.

Yin was six under on Monday and came back to shoot seven under par on Tuesday . She had 16 birdies over the two days of stroke play, including eight in each round.

She was five strokes better than Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro who finished stroke play with a 70 on Monday and a 66 on Tuesday for second place.

Georgia will be well represented in match play with three girls from the state moving on in the tournament.

John’s Creek’s Janet Mao had the best score of the Georgia players, finishing tied for 19th at 1-over par. Norcross’ Bailey Tardy was tied for 33rd after shooting 3 over and Atlanta’s Amanda Doherty was tied for 48th after shooting five over.

Swords isn’t done playing golf in the national spot light this summer.

The rising high school senior qualified for her first the U.S. Women’s Amateur last week, clinching a spot in the event with a birdie on hole No. 18 during a qualifier at Bear Creek Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

This year’s Women’s Amateur is set for Nassau Country Club in Long Island the first week of August.

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