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Eric Peterson, Published July 09 2011

Attention picks up as Amy Anderson remains in contention at U.S. Women's Open

FARGO – Amy Anderson is becoming a recognizable face around the Broadmoor golf course in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Being near the top of the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard has a way of making you stand out. Anderson is 2-under par through one round. The 18-year-old amateur from Oxbow, N.D., is tied for second place heading into today’s play.

“When you got to the areas that are only for players, at the beginning, because they didn’t know me, they’d ask for my credential,” said Anderson, who is playing in her first professional tournament.

“All of a sudden (Friday), they’re like, ‘Hey, great job Amy.’ They know my name now, so it’s definitely different.”

Anderson has only made it through one round in two days due to weather.

Only 33 of the 156 players made it through their second round Friday and 66 never made it to their second-round tee time, including Anderson. I.K. Kim is the leader at 4-under par.

Kim had four holes to play in her second round when play was suspended Friday due to darkness.

Anderson was one of the main story lines after Day 1. She was tied for the lead at 2 under after Thursday’s play, which was also halted early due to thunderstorms. Anderson was on the 13th green when play stopped Thursday.

Anderson finished her first round Friday, completing the last six holes. She had a bogey and birdie in that final stretch to card a 69. Those were the only six holes she played Friday as weather delays backed up play. Anderson is slated to play her second round today.

“I was just really glad that I was able to keep it going,” said Anderson, who is a golfer at North Dakota State. “It was just good to know that I could sleep on the lead and still keep playing well.”

Sporting a yellow NDSU Bison polo shirt, Anderson sank a birdie putt on hole No. 17. That putt got her back to 2-under par after she carded a bogey on No. 15. Anderson hit 13 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation in her first round that spanned two days.

Anderson started Friday with a putt since play was halted Thursday with Anderson on the green.

She said it was different to start on the green and not on the tee box.

“I left my 15- or 20-footer five feet short, so I had to make a decent length putt there for par,” Anderson said. “But then once I drained that I was feeling comfortable.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com