Aug. 6, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rising sophomore Abby Newton (Katy, Texas) closed out action at the 113th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Tuesday (Aug. 6) at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Newton, who carded an 8-over par, 79 in the first round of stroke play, rebounded with a three-over par, 74 in second-round play. Her score gave the Katy, Texas native, a two-day score of 153, placing her in a nine-way tie for 87th place.
"This was a great experience, especially with coach Drinkard caddying for me," said Newton. "I played well today and gave myself a lot of opportunities, but put myself a little too far back after the first day. I'm really excited to head back to school as this tournament was great preparation for our fall season."
Paired in the morning group, Newton had a good round hitting par on 13 holes with just four bogeys, compared to nine bogeys in opening round action. Newton was joined on the course by head coach Michele Drinkard, who served as Newton's caddy.
The top 64 scorers will now advance to the match play portion of the tournament, which begins on Wednesday (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.
Newton returns to Oxford as one of Ole Miss' top golfers in 2013. As a freshman, she played in every tournament for the Rebels and posted the third best scoring average on the team at 75.93. Newton was Ole Miss' top finisher at the NCAA East Regional, in Auburn, Ala.
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August 6, 2013
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