SOUTH BEND, Ind. – UNC Greensboro's Rachel Uremovich and Erica Creed opened play on Monday at the USGA's Women's Amateur Public Links Championship with rounds of 79 and 82, respectively, at Notre Dame's Warren Course.
Both players will have their work cut out for them on Tuesday, however, to advance to the match-play phase. The format consists of 36 holes of stroke play, followed by a cut to 64 players on Tuesday night to begin the match-play phase.
Uremovich went out in the morning wave of golfers, which was interrupted by a lightning delay shortly after she completed her first nine holes. She began the day on No. 10 and played the back side of the course in 41. However, Uremovich settled in for her last nine holes and played the front side in 38. In fact, after beginning the day with four straight bogeys, Uremovich settled down to play the rest of the round at four-over. However, she is tied for 100th place as she goes off in the afternoon wave on Tuesday.
Creed played in the afternoon wave and didn't go out until after 3 p.m. because of the mid-morning delay. She played both sides of the course in 41 to close out her day in 130th place.
Creed carded a round of 77 and Uremovich a round of 78 during sectional qualifying last month at Greenville, N.C.'s Ironwood Golf Club. That earned them both alternate status. Two weeks ago, they were informed that they were receiving bids into the tournament field.
Creed, a native of Kernersville, N.C., who will be a senior this upcoming year, is making her second appearance in the WAPL. In 2008, she advanced to the second round of match play before falling in the round of 32 at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wis. Creed qualified out of a sectional at Ironwood that year, as well.
Uremovich is a native of Hilton Head, S.C., who sat out this past season as a redshirt after earning all-state all four years in high school. She was the 2006 Carolinas Junior Player of the Year, winning the South Carolina Junior Girls' Match Play Championship and the Twin States' Junior Girls' Championship that year.
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