BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The two biggest stories to come out of U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier last month at Carolina Trace will have find other plans for the weekend.
The 2009 Open’s youngest participant, Yueer Cindy Feng, 13, who fired a second-round 68 on the Lake Course to earn one of six berths into the Open field, shot an 83 on Friday after opening the tournament with an 81 to place in a tie for 142 at 22-over-par.
And 13-time LPGA Tour winner Rosie Jones, who qualified at the age of 49 after retiring from the Tour three years ago, followed her first-round 76 with a 7-over 78 to finish at 12-over and in a tie for 88th, missing the cut at the Old Course at Saucon Valley Country Club by three shots.
But North Carolina rising sophomore Allie White was one of just seven amateurs to make the cut, backing up her first-round 74 by going one stroke lower on Friday, putting her at 5-over for the tournament and in a tie for 28th place.
White, though, was the only player of the Trace 6 to make it to the weekend. Katherine Perry, 17, of Cary, was a respectable 7-over to start her day on Friday, but finished with an 84 to stumble to 20-over and into a tie for 133rd. Kathleen Ekey was also at 20-over after a second-round 80.
And Ashleigh Albrecht, who reached the Open field by claiming the final berth at Carolina Trace when she birdied the par-5 18th hole to win a three-person playoff a day before she graduated from high school in Murietta, Calif., rounded out the Open field after an 85 on Friday. The 18-year-old finished 31-over, in a tie for last place.
Former Duke star Amanda Blumenherst, who was the subject of a Herald seven-part series when she played in the 2007 Open at Pine Needles, made her fourth consecutive cut at the U.S. Women’s Open. The reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion carded a second-round 76 to make the cut on the number at 9-over for the tournament. She is tied for 60th.
Blumenherst, who recently turned pro, will be paired Saturday with Maria Jose Uribe, who defeated Blumenherst in the final of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
The winner of the 2007 Open, Cristie Kerr, leads by one shot heading into the weekend at 3-under-par.