WEST POINT – The biggest upset in match play Wednesday at the U.S. Women's Amateur came when No. 64 seed Emily Hawkins defeated the stroke play co-medalist and No. 1 seed Jiarui Jin.
“It is as far as I’ve gone in this,” Hawkins said. “To have that is a big confidence boost. It was a lot of fun out there.”
Hawkins is an 18-year-old from Lexington, North Carolina, and plays golf for Campbell University. She finished with back-to -back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 as she won with four holes up with two remaining.
The shift from stroke play to match play was a little different because of how a player like Hawkins approaches the game. Hawkins said she just tried to hit fairways and greens and keep the pressure on her opponent.
For more on the U.S. Women's Amateur from Old Waverly, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.