ELGIN, S.C. – University of Arkansas incoming freshman Regina Plasencia was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship in Elgin, S.C., Friday.
Plasencia, who joins the team this fall, fell 1-up to Rinko Mitsunaga at the end of a grueling week of play.
Mitsunaga took a lead on the first hole but Plasencia squared the match on the second hole. She went on to a two-up lead on the fourth hole the Mitsunaga squared the match again on the seventh hole.
It would remain event until Mitsunaga took the lead on the 12th hole. She stretched it to two-up on 13 but Plasencia fought back squaring the match on the 16th and 17th holes. Mitsunaga birdied 18 to win and advance.
Plasencia, a native of Mexico, finished tied for fifth overall shooting a 147 in stroke play. Plasencia posted a 71 in the first round and 76 on Tuesday to advance to match play.
Plasencia was one-under in the first round and four over on Tuesday. She birdied the 12th hole on both rounds.
She defeated Courtney Fergusson of Houston, Texas, 3-2 in her first match of the tournament at Woodcreek in the round of 32. Plasencia picked up 2-up win over Cyna Marie Rodrigez in the round of 32 Thursday morning.
Plasencia was square for the first two holes but won three, four and five taking a lead she would not surrender. The Razorback freshman-to-be lead by as much as four before winning by two.
Plasencia continued to play well winning in the round of eight in Thursday's second round. She defeated Tilly Poulsen 1-up to advance. Tilly won the first hole but Plasencia squared the match on the second hole. She went on to a two-up lead before Tilly rallied squaring the match again at the 12th hole. Plasencia birdied 18, a par three 340 yard hole, to win the match.