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Eugene, OR Virginia junior golfer Whitney Neuhauser (Barboursville, Va.) won a pair of matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.

Neuhauser defeated 2008 Southern Amateur champion Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Okla. 5-4 during Thursday’s morning round. In the afternoon she downed Stephanie Kono of Honolulu 1 up. She will face Belen Mozo of Spain at 2:10 p.m. ET Friday during the quarterfinals.

The semifinals will take place Saturday and the final day of play is scheduled for Sunday.

Neuhauser shot 2-under 142 and tied for fourth in stroke play. She then eliminated 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., in Wednesday’s first round, 3 and 2

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

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