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Canada’s Maddie Szeryk and Elizabeth Tong advance to match play at U.S. Women’s Amateur

PORTLAND, Ore. – National Amateur Squad teammates Maddie Szeryk and Elizabeth Tong finished inside the top-64 in U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifying rounds on Tuesday to advance to match play at the Portland Golf Club.

Tong, a recent graduate of Indiana University, carded a 2-under 70 in Tuesday’s second stroke-play round, raising her score to even-par—good for a T22 finish. The 22-year-old Thornhill, Ont., native will square off against 43rd seeded Magdalena Simmermacher of Argentina on Wednesday afternoon at 1:40 pm, PDT.

Szeryk, 18, finished one stroke back of Tong at 1-over par (73-72) to finish in a tie for 24th. The dual-citizen will face No. 39 seed Bronte Law of England, who currently sits as No. 2 ranked female in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). The match is slated to begin on Wednesday at 12:00 pm, PDT.

Americans Angel Yin (Arcadia, Calif.) and Jennifer Hahn (Henderson, Nev.) shared medalist honours after both finishing at 6-under par.

Reigning Canadian Junior Girls Champion, Michelle Kim of Surrey, B.C., failed to qualify after carding rounds of 76 and 75 to miss the cut line by three strokes. Fellow Canadians Judith Kyrinis of St. Catharines, Ont., and Selena Constabile of Thornhill, Ont., also fell short of the cut line.

In 2014, American Kristen Gillman earned a 2-up victory over Smiths Falls, Ont., native Brooke Henderson in the 36-hole championship match, conducted at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.

The match-play rounds of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Coverage will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Aug. 12-16. Additionally, bonus coverage will be live streamed on usga.org on Aug. 13 and Aug. 16 from Noon to 2 p.m. EDT.

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