Doughtie Drops Thriller at U.S. Women's Amateur
EUGENE, Ore. NC State’s Lauren Doughtie lost in a thrilling 20-hole match Thursday to Kristina Wong in the round of 32 at the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship golf tournament.
Wong, 17, from Vestal, N.Y., never led in the match until her par at No. 2, the second extra hole, gave her the victory.
Doughtie, seeded 49th among the field of 64, and Wong, the 48th seed, were all square through five holes until Doughtie birdied the par-5 6th hole to go 1 up. Two holes later she turned the trick again at the par-5 8th to take a 2 up lead.
The advantage held there until Wong rattled of consecutive victories at No. 14 and 15 to square the match, which led to the dramatic conclusion.
This completes an amazing last few months for Doughtie, who will be the anchor as the lone senior on the NC State team beginning this fall.
She became the first Wolfpack women’s golfer to qualify for the NCAA Championship in May finishing tied for 34th.
During the summer Doughtie competed in the U.S. Women’s Open and also the Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship where she advanced to the quarterfinals.
Then in July, Doughtie captured the Virginia State Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur Championship during her very busy, but successful run this summer.
Last year, Wong shared medalist honors during the stroke play portion of the 2007 event and advanced to the Round of 32 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
Match play continues through Sunday from Eugene Country Club.