Aug. 7, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - OU sophomore golfer Ellen Mueller continued her strong play at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday with a first-round match-play defeat of Allie White. Mueller posted a 3 and 2 victory, meaning she led by three holes with only two to play.
Hailing from Evansville, Ind., Mueller grabbed a one-hole lead on White by parring the par-3 second hole. Mueller went 2 up after the fourth hole before falling back to all square at the turn. She rebounded by taking three of the first four holes on the back nine for a three-hole advantage and clinched the match with a birdie on the par-5 16th.
"It's been good and it's furthest I’ve ever gotten at the Women’s Amateur," said Mueller of her experience thus far. "It’s a great course. You can tell that the people here want you to be here. It’s been a perfect course with perfect weather and I just couldn’t have asked anything better."
Mueller shot a two-round 150 (+6) during the stroke-play portion of the tournament on Monday and Tuesday to advance to the 64-person match play event (the Championship started with 155 participants). She will take on Selanee Henderson of Temecula, Calif., in Thursday morning's second round (11 a.m. CDT). Henderson, who like Mueller shot a combined 150 on Monday and Tuesday, ousted Jennifer Song of Korea on Wednesday, 2 and 1.
If Mueller defeats Henderson, she will play a third-round match on Wednesday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be held Friday, the semifinals Saturday and the 36-hole final on Sunday.
Thanks to a final 12 holes in which she shot 2 under par, Mueller defeated Henderson 3 and 1 Thursday morning to advance to the final 16 of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
Mueller, who trailed by a hole after four holes, was solid down the stretch and posted birdies on eight and nine to go 2 up. A par on No. 10 put her 3 up and the OU sophomore sealed the match with a par on No. 17.
Next up for Mueller at 3:40 p.m. CDT Thursday is Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz. A senior at Duke University, Blumenherst was the 2007-08 Golfweek and PING National Player of the Year. She also shared medalist honors in the stroke play portion of this week's U.S. Amateur.