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Forum staff reports, Published August 11 2010

NDSU's Anderson advances to match play at U.S. Women's Amateur

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Dakota State sophomore Amy Anderson reached her first goal. The golfer from Oxbow, N.D., qualified Tuesday for the 64-player match play portion of the United States Women’s Amateur Championship at the Charlotte Country Club.

Anderson qualified in a tie for 47th with rounds of 72 and 77, although she said the scores are deceiving.

“Right now I feel like my ball striking needs a lot of work,” she said early Tuesday evening. “I’m trying to fix that right now and it’s not an easy fix. So I’m not exactly sure how it will go tomorrow.”

Anderson, who had 23 pars, nine bogeys and three birdies in the two medal rounds, plays Jungeun Han of Korea in today’s first round. They tee off at 10:10 CST with Han qualifying with rounds of 71-73, good for 10th place.

A hot putter at times, Anderson said, saved her from going the way of the players who didn’t qualify.

“I made everything, it was crazy,” she said. “(The score) looks good on paper. The pins were tricky today but they can get a lot worse in match play. We’ll see what they do tomorrow.”

Still, it’s another national tournament appearance for Anderson, who last summer won the U.S. Junior Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur match play.

“It’s an honor just to be here,” she said. “You look at all the big names and all the accomplished players. It’s everything you want.”