Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Matthews' run ends at U.S. Amateur
Brooke Matthews of Arkansas walks Tuesday, May 21, 2019, to the 16th green during her match with Letizia Bagnoli of Wake Forest in the Women's NCAA Golf Championship at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson.
University of Arkansas golfer Brooke Matthews’ run at the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship ended with a 3 and 1 loss to Rachel Kuehn on Friday morning.
The loss came in the round of 32 of match play at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.
Matthews, a junior from Rogers, had won her opening match with a 1-up victory over Malia Nam of Southern California.
Kuehn, a sophomore at Wake Forest, turned the tables on Matthews early Friday with consecutive birdies on the first two holes for a 2-up lead. Matthews trimmed the deficit to one with a birdie on the par-4 4th, but Kuehn got it right back with a birdie on No. 5.
Matthews cut the deficit in half with a birdie on No. 8, but Kuehn began pulling away, building a 4-hole lead with wins on Nos. 10, 12 and 13.
Matthews birdied Nos. 14 and 16 to get back within two before Kuehn clinched the match with a birdie on the par-4 17th. Kuehn, who was a first-round co-leader with a 4-under 68 on Monday, was on pace to match that score Friday with a 64 through 17 holes.
Matthews and sophomore Kajal Mistry were the two UA golfers among five in the field to reach match play. Sophomores Ela Anacona and Julie Gregg, and signee Cory Lopez were also in the 132-player field.
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