PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – University of Arkansas sophomore-to-be Emma Lavy won two matches Friday advancing to the finals at the 111th Women’s Western Golf Association National Amateur Championship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Play for the second match of the day on Thursday was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning and resumed Friday where Lavy defeated Southeastern Conference medalist Erica Popson, 2&1. Lavy moved on facing Marina Alex 2-up. The win propelled Lavy into her final match of the day against Jackie Chang of Paradise Valley, Ariz.
The Lavy-Chang match-up saw a pair of players who had just completed their freshman seasons, Chang at North Carolina, and who were both familiar with each other from junior golf.
Lavy took the early lead winning the second hole and she never surrendered the lead. Lavy was 2-up when rain again moved in and delayed play. Lavy was able to hold on to the lead for the 4&3 win over Chang advancing to Saturday’s final.
She faces Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., in the final two match play rounds Saturday. Tanco advanced defeating Madison Pressel, sister of LPGA professional Morgan Pressel, 1 up.
Lavy and Tanco were paired together at the AJGA Rolex Champions Tournament in 2009. Saturday’s final match is a 36-hole test with Lavy having the chance to join former Razorback Stacy Lewis with her name on the trophy. Lewis won the event in 2006.
Monday and Tuesday Stroke PlayLavy74-71
Wednesday, Match OneEmma Lavy defeated Sarah Ababa (Davio City, Philippines)1 up
Thursday, Matches Two and ThreeEmma Lavy defeated Ellen Ceresko (Jefferson Township, Pa.)7&6Emma Lavy defeated Erica Popson (Davenport, Fla.)2&1 (completed on Friday morning)
Friday, Matches Four and FiveEmma Lavy defeated Marina Alex2 upEmma Lavy defeated Jackie Chang (Paradise Valley, Ariz.)4&3