Auburn junior Kaleigh Telfer made quite a run at the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship this week, but that run came to an end Saturday with a 2&1 loss to Rose Zhang in the quarterfinals.
Still, for this to be her first tournament since March, she was happy with the results.
“It’s my first tournament back, so I honestly wasn’t expecting much,” Telfer said. “I’m really proud of myself that I could make it this far, and obviously a little disappointed today. I didn’t play my best golf but still proud that I made it to the quarterfinals in my first U.S. Women’s Amateur. It was just nice to get back out on the course.”
Telfer finished tied for 18th after two rounds of stroke play to advance to match play. She won her first three matches, including two Friday, before falling in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
It was a strong week for all three Auburn golfers who played in this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. Telfer advanced the furthest, but Megan Schofill made a deep run of her own as she made it through to the Round of 16 for the second straight year. Mychael O’Berry played the best in the stroke play portion, firing back-to-back rounds at even par to place in a tie for eighth heading into match play, where she bowed out in the Round of 64.
Auburn was one of only four programs to have three or more players make it to match play.
“It just shows that we’re doing something right,” Telfer said. “I’m obviously just grateful for Auburn and thanking them for the opportunity that they’ve given me to play there. I wouldn’t be playing here if it wasn’t for them.”
Quarterfinals: Lost to Rose Zhang (2&1)
Round of 16: Defeated Rachel Kuehn (2&1)
Round of 32: Defeated Emily Mahar (20 holes)
Round of 64: Defeated Talia Campbell (6&5)
Round of 16: Lost to Emilia Migliaccio (22 holes)
Round of 32: Defeated Nicole Whiston (4&3)
Round of 64: Defeated Maria Fernanda Escauriza (5&4)
Round of 64: Lost to Bohyun Park (4&2)
T8. Mychael O’Berry: 72-72=144, E
T18. Kaleigh Telfer: 71-75=146, +2
T36. Megan Schofill: 69-79=148, +4