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Meet the US Women’s Amateur quarter-finalists in Chambers Bay

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The quarterfinals are set for the United States Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Here’s what you need to know about the eight players remaining in match play (courtesy NBC Sports Research Unit).

You can watch the action live Friday starting at 7 p.m. on Golf Channel.

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Annabel Wilson vs Catherine Rao

Wilson, 21, Ireland

Road to neighborhoods:

  • Shot 73-73 in stroke play (par 73)
  • Round of 16: Defeated Fiona Xu, 5th and 4th
  • Round of 16: beat Julia Misemer, 4th and 3rd
  • Round of 16: Defeated Katie Li, 3rd and 2nd

Remarks: She hasn’t trailed in any of her matches and is the first Irish player to reach the quarter-finals since Mary McKenna in 1980. No Irish player has ever won this championship and the last European to do so was Silvia Cavalleri in 1997 Wilson will be a senior at UCLA in the fall. She is the 2019 Irish Women’s Open champion and was a member of GB&I’s 2021 Curtis Cup team. She is ranked 144th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Rao, 18, Camerillo, CA

Road to neighborhoods:

  • Shot 73-67 in stroke play
  • Round of 16: defeated Izzy Pellot, 1 place
  • Round of 16: defeated Sara Im, 2nd and 1st
  • Round of 16: defeat of Annabelle Pancake, 4th and 3rd

Remarks: She will be a freshman at Princeton in the fall and was valedictorian at Oaks Christian High School. She represented the United States at the 2021 Junior Solheim Cup and was a 2020 and 2021 AJGA Junior All-American. She is ranked 647th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.


US Women’s Amateur Match Score


Brianna Navarrosa vs. Monet Chun

Navarrosa, 20, San Diego, CA

Road to neighborhoods

  • Shot 71-76 in stroke play
  • Round of 64: beat Jaclyn LaHa, 20 holes
  • Round of 16: beat Rachel Heck, 2nd and 1st
  • Round of 16: Defeated Kelsey Bennett, 21 holes

Remarks: She will be a junior this fall at USC and was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American in high school. She played in the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, but failed to qualify. She is ranked 160th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Chun, 21, Canada

Road to neighborhoods:

  • Shot 76-73 in stroke play
  • Round of 16: defeated Lauren Gomez, 1 place
  • Round of 16: Defeated Amanda Sambach, 1 place
  • Round of 16: Defeated Julia Gregg, 4th and 3rd

Remarks: She will be a junior this fall at Michigan and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2020-21 and became the first Wolverine rookie to be named First-Team All-Big Ten. She is looking to become the first Canadian to reach the final since Brooke Henderson’s 2014 loss to Kristen Gillman. She is ranked 143rd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.


Highlights: United States Women’s Amateur, Round of 16


Saki Baba vs. Lauren Lehigh

Baba, 17, Japan

Road to neighborhoods:

  • Shot 73-74 in stroke play
  • 64th finals: beat Jennifer Cleary, 1st place
  • Round of 16: Defeated Alice Ziyi Zhao, 3-1
  • Round of 16: Defeated Aneka Seumanutafa, 3-1

Remarks: She was co-medalist of the US Girls’ Junior in July, but lost in the round of 16. She finished T-49 at this year’s US Women’s Open. She is ranked 45th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, which is the highest of all the remaining players.

Lehigh, 21, Loveland, Colorado

Road to neighborhoods:

  • Shooting 77-70 in stroke play
  • Round of 16: Defeated Kayla Smith, 3rd and 2nd
  • Round of 16: Defeated Anna Fang, 6th and 5th
  • Round of 16: Defeated Mia Hammond, 4th and 3rd

Notes: She’ll be a senior this fall in New Mexico and hasn’t trailed at any time this week in her games. She won the 2019 Colorado Junior PGA Championship and the 2018 Colorado Girls Match Play. She is ranked 520th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.


Leigh Chien vs. Bailey Shoemaker

Dog, 16, Irvine, CA

Road to neighborhoods:

  • Shot 73-73 in stroke play
  • Beat Aliea Clark, 19 holes
  • Round of 16: Defeated Laney Frye, 2nd and 1st
  • Round of 16: Defeated Rachel Kuehn, 1 place

Remarks: She will be a freshman this fall at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and is committed to attending Stanford in the fall of 2024. She is ranked third on the Rolex AJGA Rankings and won the 2022 Mariah Stackhouse Girls Invitational.

Shoemaker, 17, Dade City, Florida

Road to neighborhoods

  • Shot 77-72 in stroke play
  • Round of 16: defeat of Kaleiya Romero, 4th and 3rd
  • Round of 16: Defeated Kynadie Adams, 1 place
  • Round of 16: Defeated Amari Avery, 2nd up

Remarks: She is currently committed to USC and defeated her future teammate Amari Avery in the round of 16. She competed in the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, but missed the cut. She reached the final (alongside Kaitlyn Schroeder) of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and became the first junior to win the Florida Women’s Amateur Championship this year. She is currently ranked seventh in the Rolex AJGA rankings.

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