Area Golf Digest

Swords continues impressive summer at USGA Women's Amateur

by Chris Goltermann


Teddy Dunn and his father, Ted, discuss an upcoming putt during last week's US Kids World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C. Teddy competed in the 7-year-old division while Will Coffman of Sharpsburg competed in the 8-year-old tournament. 

Summer may be over for most students in Coweta County with the start of the 2014-15 among its public and charter schools, but Annie Swords still had one final challenge on the golf course awaiting her this month before she returns for her senior year of high school.

Swords competed in the opening rounds of this year's USGA Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y., in the last of two national events over the past two months.

After making her third trip over the last four years to the annual USGA Girls Junior in July for competitors 17-and-under, the standout player from Newnan earned her chance to play in the USGA's women's event for the first time.

While the results after 36 holes proved similar in each, with Swords unable to make the cut after finishing at 17-over following consecutive rounds of 78 and 79, the event only increased her exposure among some of the top players in the nation.

This week's field includes former Georgia high school star Mariah Stackhouse, now at Stanford, who is tied for eighth overall at 1-over 141. Only three players finished two rounds of stroke play under par, with Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., claiming the No. 1 seed for match play by one shot over Su-Hyun Oh of Australia and Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Swords put together a stretch of seven consecutive pars in Monday's opening round, but eight bogeys, including a stretch of six between the 10th and 17th holes put her further off course than hoped with an 8-over 78.

She then posted a birdie to go with eight pars in Tuesday's final qualifying round, closing with a 9-over 79.

Top Georgians also missing the cut in the prestigious tournament included Milton standout Janet Mao and one-time UGA assistant coach and ex-Auburn standout Margaret Shirley, who prepped at Lassiter High.

Match play begins today at the tournament with coverage on the Golf Channel.

DUNN, COFFMAN COMPETE IN US KIDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Teddy Dunn finished among the top-20 Americanborn players in his age group at last weekend's US Kids World Championship Tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., among tough conditions for youth golfers. Rain pelted the course at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club for two of the three days.

Competing in the 7-year-old division, Dunn posted three nine-hole rounds of 43 or under to finish 29th out of 102 competitors representing six continents. He opened the tournament with a top round of 40 before following up with consecutive efforts of 43 and 41 to close at 16-over 124.

The Newnan resident posted a birdie in his opening round and finished with nine pars over his 27 holes of play. He fought off an 8 on his final nine holes to still close the tournament with a 41.

Will Coffman of Sharpsburg competed in the 8-yearold division and battled back from an opening round of 50 to close with consecutive efforts of 44. He finished at 30-over 138 for the tournament while moving up three spots on the final day among the top 100 players.

Players from at least 20 countries competed in the world tournament.

MENS WHITE OAK TEAM WINS COWETA CUP EVENT: The Ryder Cup may still be weeks away, but Coweta held its own version on Saturday when teams representing the Men's Golf Associations of White Oak and Newnan Country Club went head-to-head in the second annual Coweta Cup tournament.

The Ryder Cup-style event pitted 14 two-man teams from each group competing in four ball for six holes, foursomes for six holes and singles matches for an additional six holes. Each hole is awarded a point and ties are split by halves.

After finishing even at 84 points after four ball and foursomes, White Oak prevailed in the singles matches to earn a 188.5-147.5 decision over the NCC team.

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