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Courtesy: USGA
Jaravee Boonchant, Virginia Elena Carta
Duke Duo Advances to Round of 32 at U.S. Amateur
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/09/2017
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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Duke University golfers Jaravee Boonchant and Virginia Elena Carta each registered convincing match play victories Wednesday at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which is being played at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

The Blue Devils advanced to the round of 32, which will resume Thursday as Carta will next take on 12th-seeded Karen Miyamoto and Boonchant will face 10th-seeded Lauren Stephenson.

Carta, who was the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur, never trailed in her match Wednesday against Pauline Roussin-Bouchard. The Duke junior halved the first five holes, before a par on the sixth hole would put Carta ahead, 1-up. Three straight pars from holes 10-12 would put Carta 4-up with six holes remaining. Carta, who hails from Udine, Italy, dropped the 13th hole, but halved the 14th and won No. 15 to take the match, 4&3.

In a rematch from the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur first round of match play, Boonchant would go up against Maria Torres. Torres won the 2016 contest in 20 holes, but Boonchant would get revenge.

Boonchant, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, also never tailed and would take her first lead with a par on No. 3. A bogy on the fourth by Boonchant would put the match all square once again. Boonchant came back to win holes five, six and seven to go ahead, 3-up. A par on the 386-yard, par four ninth would give Boonchant a 4-up lead. After three straight halves, Boonchant collected her fourth birdie of the day on No. 13 to go 5-up with five to play. Both golfers parred the 14th to conclude the match with Boonchant winning 5&4.

FS1 will cover the U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 32 from 2-4 p.m., on usga.org on Aug. 10, while the round of 16 matches will be available Thursday on FS1 from 6-9 p.m. Quarterfinal action will be on FS1 from 6-9 p.m., while the semifinal matches from 7-10 p.m., on FS1. The championship match will be on from 12:30-2:30 p.m., on usga.org, while the afternoon portion will be aired on FS1 from 4-7 p.m.

Duke has three other golfers who have won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Virada Nirapathpongporn won in 2003 at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, Pa., while Amanda Blumenherst won in 2008 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., and O’Sullivan won in 2015 at the Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore.

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