STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Powered by a three-under-par ledger in the second round of stroke play, Duke University incoming freshman Erica Shepherd will move into the match play portion of the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, which is being played at the 6,307-yard, par 72 SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis.
With rounds of 74 and 69, Shepherd placed tied eighth overall with a one-under-par, 143. Shepherd, who is from Greenwood, Ind., got off to a hot start with birdies on No. 2, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10. She would move to 4-under-par with a 12-foot birdie on the 169-yard, par three 16th, but dropped a shot on No. 18 with a bogey to finish play. She hit 15 greens on the day.
Yuka Saso turned in a 12-under, 132, to capture individual medalist honors and the No. 1 seed in match play.
Shepherd won the 2017 U.S. Girls’ Championship with a 3&2 victory over Jennifer Chang. She is looking for her third USGA Championship as she teamed with future Duke teammate, Megan Furtney, this spring to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Furtney, who hails from St. Charles, Ill., missed the cut this week with rounds of 77 and 74.
Match play will kick off Wednesday, July 24.
The semifinal and championship matches will be aired on FS1. On July 26, the semifinals will be aired from 1-3 p.m., and the championship will be shown on FS1 July 27 from 1-3 p.m.