Akabane jumps out to 2-shot lead at California Women's Am
Ty Akabane (USGA photo)
Ty Akabane (USGA photo)

CARMEL, Calif. (July 24, 2018) – Danville’s Ty Akabane is a day closer to being the medalist and No.1 seed at this week’s annual California Women’s Amateur Championship at the par-72 Quail Lodge Resort.

Akabane, a high school senior who’s coming off a ninth-place finish at the recent PGA Girls Junior Championship, opened stroke play qualifying with a solid 5-under 67 that featured four birdies, an eagle (par-5 fourth) and just one bogey. On the front nine, Akabane was spotless, carding a bogey-free 33. In 2014, she’d win the Helen Lengfeld Flight at the California Junior Girls’ State Championship.

In second place, just two shots back, is Malaysian national Natasha Oon. Oon, who’ll start playing for San Jose State and new head coach Dana Dormann this fall, had six birdies, a double-bogey and a bogey for a 69.

Three players–Andrea Gomez, Charlotte Hillary and Lexi Keene–are tied for third after carding matching 70s.

San Jose’s Sabrina Iqbal, who won the title in 2016, opened with a 75 (T-16). Defending champion Brooke Riley of Manteca is not back to defend her crown.

Other notable scores include four-time champion and current California Senior Women’s Amateur champ Lynne Cowan (T-47, 80), UC Davis’ Yoonhee Kim (T-11, 73) and Kathleen Scavo (T-17, 75). Kim caddied for winner Yealimi Noh at the recent U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Poppy Hills GC.

Wednesday’s play will consist of another 18 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 32 will then move on to match play.

Thursday’s action will see both the Round of 32 and Round of 16, while Friday’s play will consist of the quarterfinals and semifinals. Saturday’s championship finale will be 18 holes.

ABOUT THE California Women's Amateur

The California Women’s Amateur Championship was founded in 1967 and played at Pebble Beach Golf Links until 1987 when the Championship was invited to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, where the tournament remains to this day.

36-hole stroke play qualifying round, 18 holes each day, to determine 32 players for match play. Prizes will be awarded to the Champion, Runner-up, Semifinalists, Quarterfinalists and the 36-hole Low Gross Medalist from qualifying rounds.

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