Puerto Rico–Yana Wilson, a member of the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association, and her partner Chloe Kovelesky shot rounds of (-10) 65-69 -134 to share medalist honors with Leigh Chien/Anna Huang after 36-holes of stroke play qualifying at Thursday’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in Puerto Rico to move to match play. –By Randy Dodson, Fairways Media
The side of Wilson/Kovelesky overcame a double-bogey start on their first hole with four birdies on the front nine. The pair of 15-year olds added another birdie on their back nine to card a (-3) 69 final round.
Wilson, is a two-time Drive, Chip and Putt national champion, and Kovelesky (from Boca Raton, Fla.), is a former DCP national finalist who qualified for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open.
“As long as we’re inside the cut line that’s all that matters,” said Wilson, who is No. 53 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking and won the 2022 Annika Invitational by holing out from the fairway for an eagle.
Co-medalists, Chien, of Irvine, California, is a high school sophomore, and Canada’s Huang, a seventh grader, are also two former DCP national finalists.
Southern Nevada’s Ali Mulhall and Lilly Denunzio shot (-4) 68 Thursday but their opening round of 76 left them at even par for the stroke play qualifying and three shots off the cutline of 141. Brynn Kort and her partner Hadley Ashton also missed the cut by 1-stroke at 142.
Wilson/Klovelesky will tee off Friday morning at the Grand Reserve Championship Course facing Sawyer Brockstedt/Ellison Shoemaker at 8:30 a.m. ET. Click for Live Scoring.
This is the first USGA championship being contested in a U.S. territory. The Puerto Rico Golf Association is one of 58 Allied Golf Associations supported by the USGA.