Aug. 5, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rising sophomore Abby Newton (Katy, Texas) teed off action at the 113th 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday (Aug. 5) at the Country Club of Charleston, in Charleston, S.C.
"I'm very excited to play, said Newton. "I feel more relaxed and ready to compete. Having more experience playing in the Amateur will help me to be more comfortable and keep it simple. The plan is to keep everything simple, focused and calm."
In first round stroke play action, Newton carded an 8-over par, 79. Newton opened action in the afternoon wave of golfers and was paired with Alleman Zech and Mariel Galindo. The rising sophomore will continue stroke play action on Tuesday (Aug. 6) with a 7:30 a.m. tee time.
The Katy, Texas native, is making her third consecutive appearance in the Amateur Championship and earlier this summer advanced to the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Public Links.
Ole Miss head coach Michele Drinkard will spend the week caddying for Newtown. Drinkard will be making her second appearance as a caddie at the Women's Amateur, last taking the course in 2002 with Kathy Hartwiger who was the U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion.
"I'm honored that Abby has asked me to caddy for her at the U.S. Women's Amateur," said Drinkard. "We match up really well in our thought process which is key on the golf course. She is laid back in her personality and has a dry sense of humor which will make for a lot of fun.
Abby had the experience last season playing Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, another course designed by Seth Raynor so she already understands his unique green complexes and the shots needed around the green. It should be a fun week!"
Drinkard offered up her services after Newton qualified with a 3-over par, 74, at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas last month.
"When coach Drinkard found out I qualified she said she would be there and would like to caddie for me and I thought it was a great idea," said Newton." It's very helpful to have somebody that you feel comfortable with and who has a lot of experience at this level of competition."
This tournament will help me prepare for our fall season. Our first tournament is in Charleston and the course is very similar to this week's course, which will be beneficial as we start the fall season."
The starting field of 156 players - of which only 31 were fully exempt from qualifying - will open the tournament with two rounds of stroke play Aug. 5-6. After the 36 total holes of stroke play, the top 64 scorers will advance to the match play portion of the tournament. The first round of match play will begin Aug. 7, while the second and third rounds will be Aug. 8. The quarterfinals will be Aug. 9, the semifinals will take place Aug. 10, and the 36-hole championship will be Aug. 11.
The USGA accepted a record 1,170 entries for this year's tournament. The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of the USGA's original three championships, and was first held in 1895.
A Katy, Texas, native, Newton played in every tournament last season for Ole Miss as a freshman. She posted the third best scoring average on the team at 75.93, and was the Rebels' top finisher at the NCAA East Regional in Auburn, Ala.
The schedule for the rest of the week can be found here. The Golf Channel will televise the event beginning on Wednesday (Aug. 7) at 3 p.m.
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August 5, 2013
Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations