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Eugene, OR Virginia junior Whitney Neuhauser (Barboursville, Va.) lost to Belen Mozo of Cadiz, Spain 6 & 5 during the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.

After both players pared the first two holes, Mozo went 1 up when Neuhauser bogeyed the third hole. The match remained that way until the eighth hole when Mozo Neuhauser recorded a bogey and Mozo managed birdie. Mozo managed birdies on four of the next five holes to take a six-shot lead and end the match with five holes to play.

After 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday, Neuhauser was the No. 4 seed in match play and Mozo was the No. 8 seed.

The tournament continues this weekend with the finals schedule for Sunday.

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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