A birdie on the 19th hole lifted Ashburn’s Lauren Greenlief to a 1-up victory over England’s Annabell Fuller in the Round of 16 Thurs day (Aug. 9) at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston, Tennessee.
Greenlief scored a birdie-3 on the 365-yard par 4 to defeat Fuller and advance to the round of eight. Greenlief led by one heading into No. 18, but Fuller’s birdie while Greenlief took a par forced the extra hole.
She said her past match-play experience, including winning the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015, helped her in the extended play Thursday.
“I think having played a lot of match-play tournaments in the past really helps keep you focused,” Greenlief said.
Greenlief is scheduled to play fellow American Lauren Stephenson at 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 10) in the quarterfinals.
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 the University of 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.