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Edgerton’s Ferrell headed to U.S. Women’s Amateur

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KENNETH M. VELOSKEY
July 30, 2009
— Edgerton’s Allyssa Ferrell will take the next step in her promising golf career playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, beginning Monday at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

Ferrell, an Edgerton High School senior this September, fired a 1-over-par 73 to finish tied for second in a qualifier last week in Indianapolis.


“I had a good day,” Ferrell said of her qualifying round. “It was fun.’’


Since Ferrell will be headed for St. Louis, she will not be able to defend her Rock County Women’s Golf Tournament title Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Golf Course.


On Wednesday, Ferrell carded a 2-over-par 74 to go along with a first-round 75 for a 149 in the Junior PGA Championship in Maineville, Ohio. Ferrell is 14 strokes behind 14-year-old Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla. who shot a 4-under 68.


In June, Ferrell competed in the U.S. Public Links tournament at Devens, Mass., and did not make it to the match play, carding opening rounds of 78 and 79 in the stroke-play portion.


Ferrell will face the same competition in St. Louis.


“It’s really nice to have competition,” Ferrell said. “There are a lot of college players, and it’s good to play with them.


“It’s good to see what they are shooting and play against them,” Ferrell added. “You get to see what they do and improve your own game.’’


The U.S. Women’s Amateur runs Monday through Sunday, beginning with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying Monday and Tuesday. The low 64 scorers advance to match play Wednesday through Saturday, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final on Sunday.


“The way you look at it is you have to be patient,” Ferrell said. “You’ll get some birdies and some pars, and if you have a bad hole you just have to forget about it.’’


Old Warson will play at 6,468 yards and par of 35-36—71. The USGA course rating is 78.1.


Ferrell is prepared for the Warson setup.


“The par 4s will become a driver and long iron into the green,” Ferrell said. “The par 5s will be long and more of a three-shot hole.’’


While Ferrell will be playing with the top women amateurs, she will keep one thing in mind.


“It’s just another round of golf,” Ferrell said in fixing her approach. “You do your best.’’



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