Ashburn’s Greenlief Falls in Quarterfinals of U.S. Women’s Amateur

Ashburn’s Greenlief Falls in Quarterfinals of U.S. Women’s Amateur

Laura Greenlief of Ashburn lost, 2-and-1, to fellow American Lauren Stephenson in the quarterfinals Friday (Aug. 10) of the U.S. Women’ Amateur Golf Championship at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston, Tennessee.
In match play, 2-and-1 mean one golfer leads by two holes with only one left. Stephenson advanced to the semifinals while Greenlief was eliminated.
Greenlief won two matches Thursday to make the quarterfinals. She carded a birdie on the 19th hole for a 1-up victory over England’s Annabell Fuller in the Round of 16. Her birdie-3 on the 365-yard par 4 topped Fuller’s par. Greenlief led by one heading into No. 18, but Fuller’s birdie while Greenlief took a par forced the extra hole.
Greenlief, a University of Virginia graduate, had defeated Alyaa Abdulghany, of Newport Beach, California, 4-and-3 Thursday morning.
Greenlief was a walk-on at Virginia before eventually earning three varsity letters for the Cavaliers from 2010-12. In 2015, she because the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship when, at 25 years, 25 days, she defeated Shirley Starosto for the title.
After graduating from Virginia in 2011 with undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics, she went on to earn a master’s degree from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Greenlief, a management consultant, also reached the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Women Amateur Four-Ball championship with partner Alexandra Austin.

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