Davidson stands tall at US Amateur

Karis Davidson
Karis Davidson blasts from a bunker in the first round of the US Women's Amateur today. Picture: USGA

Karis Davidson would be the first to tell you her lead-up wasn’t ideal, but the young Gold Coaster leapt into action on the biggest stage today.

Davidson and fellow Queenslander Yu Eun Eunice Kim fired two-under-par rounds of 69 at the Rolling Green Golf Club in Pennsylvania today as the US Women’s Amateur began.

And rounding out a successful day for Australia’s three-strong contingent in the year’s biggest amateur event, Hannah Green fired a 73 to sit T52, one stroke inside the top 64 cut-off who advance to match play after the second and final stroke play round tomorrow.

But after less than flattering results in Canada in last week’s key lead-up tournament, Davidson made the biggest splash.

The 18-year-old was one under at the turn after starting on the 10th tee, but looked back-to-back bogeys on the first and second square in the face and rattled off three late birdies to charge up the leaderboard.

Kim, who impressed last week in Nova Scotia, fired two birdies and a bogey on each side, while West Australian Green uncharacteristically couldn’t find a birdie on the back nine after turning in one under en route to her two-over total.

The leader is Californian youngster Mika Liu who had a day out with seven birdies in her opening 66.

The six-round match play phase begins on Wednesday night, Australian time.

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