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ETSU's Loy misses cut at Augusta National Women's Amateur

Johnson City Press • Apr 4, 2019 at 9:01 PM

AUGUSTA, Ga.—Carding a second consecutive 76 at Champions Retreat Golf Club on Thursday, East Tennessee State senior Hee Ying Loy concluded elimination day at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 51st place.

She finished 21 spots out of a qualifying position for Saturday’s final round at Augusta National Golf Club.

“It was disappointing today,” Loy said. “I started out well but had a couple of bad holes on the back nine.”

After shooting an opening-round 76, Loy was two strokes out of a tie for 30th place entering the day, the spot she needed to rise to in order to be included in the final day of competition as the ANWA moves from Champions Retreat to Augusta National.

At the outset of her round, it appeared Loy would make the charge up the leaderboard she needed. She scored pars on the first six holes before finishing her first nine with a birdie to take a 5-over-par mark to the final nine of her second round.

Disaster struck, though, when Loy followed up two pars on her back nine with a bogey, double-bogey, and another bogey, making a push back to cut-line contention nearly impossible.

While Loy won’t be playing in the final round at Augusta Saturday, all 72 invitees have the chance to play a practice round at the world’s most prestigious golf course Friday — an opportunity that still rouses Loy despite her disappointment with Thursday’s result.

“Very excited to play Augusta National tomorrow,” Loy said. “I’m going to pretend it’s the final round of the event and see what I can shoot out there. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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