Mielbrecht Posts Top-10 Start to Open U.S. Amateur Play
Aug. 8, 2006
North Plains, OR — Virginia junior golfer Lauren Mielbrecht (Gulf Stream, Fla.), who was added to the field of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship as an alternate, took advantage of the opportunity during Monday’s opening round of play. Carding five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey, Mielbrecht shot even-par 71 on at the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge to tie for eighth after the first 18 holes of stroke play.
Mielbrecht is two shots off the led shared by three players at 2-under 69.
Tuesday will feature the second round of stroke play. Following its conclusion, the low 64 scorers will move on to match play starting Wednesday.
Virginia senior Leah Wigger (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Jennie Arseneault (Grinell, Iowa) are both above the cut line entering Tuesday’s play. Wigger shot 1-over 71 and is tied for 14th while Arseneault is 46th at 4-over 75. The Cavaliers’ fourth competitor in the tourney, Sally Shonk (Noblesville, Ind.), is tied for 143rd at 13-over. A costly seven on the par-3 fifth hole took the heaviest toll on her scorecard.
Mielbrecht will be the first UVa player on the course Tuesday. She tees off at 7:52 a.m. PT followed by Arseneault at 8:58 a.m., Shonk at 9:31 a.m. and Wigger at 12:41 p.m.