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4 Utah golfers need to rally at U.S. Women’s Amateur to make it to match play

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SALT LAKE CITY — The four golfers with Utah connections playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur need to rally to make it into the 64-golfer match play portion of the tournament being played at the Woodmont CC in Rockville, Maryland. But they won’t be able to do it Tuesday as the second round has already been postponed because of tropical storm Isaias.

Grace Summerhays, who won last month’s Utah Women’s Amateur, had the best score of the day with a 4-over-par 76 and stands in a tie for 82nd place after the first round. Allysha Mae Mateo, a junior from Hawaii who plays for the BYU golf team is tied for 99th after shooting a 77.

Kelsey Chugg, a four-time winner of the Utah State Amateur, who was runner-up last month came in with a 78, while Thailand’s Chanikan Yongyuan, a junior at Southern Utah University, shot a 79.

The leaders are Rachel Kuehn and Riley Smyth, both of North Carolina, who each fired 4-under-par 68.

After the second round, the 132-golfer field will be reduced to the low 64 golfers who will begin match play on Thursday.