Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – Rachel Stous and Julia Misemer began the match each seeking a first victory in the Kansas City Women’s Match Play Championship. Stous took an early lead with a par to Misemer’s bogey on the first hole and did not look back. She continued her stellar play from Wednesday with birdies to win holes at #4 and #5.
Julia Misemer opened with a bogey but played a very solid round after that. She cut into the lead with a birdie to win #9 but just could not overcome Stous’s strong play.
Stous went on to win #10 and then made birdie at #12 to take a 5-up lead to the 13th tee with only six holes to play. She then went on to make a hole-in-one on #13. After the excitement died down at the tee, Julia Misemer hit her shot to within three feet of the hole, but the ace proved to be the match winner.
Stous felt that the par 5s were key in winning the tournament. Her scoring average for the tournament was under par on the par 5s even though she only played the par-5 17th hole in the stroke play qualifying round. Stous carded ten birdies and three eagles during the event, including her hole-in-one to win the match today. Her next event will be the Topeka GA City Match Play where she will tee it up with the men again in just a few weeks.
Misemer and Stous Advance to Final Match
Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – The semifinal matches proved just as exciting as the morning quarterfinals. Julia Misemer (Overland Park) and Isabella Caamal Solis (Mexico/Oral Roberts University) traded birdies for the first few holes. With the match all square on the 5th tee, Misemer made three more birdies to gain a 3-up advantage at the turn. Solis made a charge on the back nine with holes won on #13 and #14 to narrow the margin to two holes, but Misemer closed out the match with a solid par at #16 for a 3&2 victory.
Rachel Stous (Topeka) jumped out to an early lead on Haley Thiele (Wahoo, NE/University of Nebraska) with birdies at #1 and #3. With Stous 3-up on the 4th tee, Thiele won #4 but made the turn with Stous 3-up. Thiele cut into the margin by winning holes #9-#11. Stous went on to win #13 and #15 to build the lead back to 3 holes. The match ended 3&2 with #16 halved with pars.
The final match begins tomorrow morning at 7:30 am at Swope Memorial GC. Both players advancing are power hitters, and the final looks to be a hotly contested match-up. Both players had seven birdies each in their semifinal matches. Both are experienced at match play with Misemer advancing to match play in the 2017 US Girls Junior Championship and Stous making history when she won a match against the men at the Topeka GA City Match Play championship last June. Tomorrow’s final match will be live scored at the link below.
Powerhouse Matches in Women’s Match Play Semis
Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – The quarterfinal matches did not disappoint this morning with all four matches having a slim margin. Isabella Caamal Solis (Mexico/Oral Roberts University) defeated Megan Lucas (Topeka/UMKC) on the 17th hole 2&1. Solis took the lead on #2 and the pair had a back and forth match throughout the front nine. Solis made three birdies on the back nine including the match-winner on #17.
Julia Misemer (Overland Park) took an early 3-up lead in her match with Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, NE/University of Nebraska) leaving #5 green at 3-under par on the day. Thiele closed the margin to 1-up after ten holes before falling to Misemer 4&3.
Rachel Stous (Topeka) and Jenna Teeter (Carl Junction, MO) traded punches for the first few holes. Stous made eagle on #5 and birdie on #6 to go 2-up and built on the lead from there. Stous closed out the match 3&2.
Haley Thiele (Wahoo, NE/University of Nebraska) jumped out to an early lead over Tatum King (Lenexa/Illinois State University) with consecutive birdies at #2, #3, and #4. King stayed alive in the match-winning holes #3 and #9. Both played a very steady back nine with Thiele winning the match 3&2.
Semifinal matches begin at 11:30 am at Swope Memorial GC.
Semifinal #1: Isabella Caamal Solis vs Julia Misemer
Semifinal #2: Rachel Stous vs Haley Thiele
Exciting First Day at KC Women’s Match Play
Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Women’s Match Play began today with nineteen players attempting to qualify for sixteen places in the match play bracket. This year’s field is the largest and strongest in the recent history of the event. Swope Memorial GC proved to be an excellent test for the field of competitors.
The morning stroke play qualifying ended with Isabella Camaal Solis from Yucatan, Mexico and a collegiate golfer at Oral Roberts University earning the top seed with an even-par 72. She made the turn at 1-under and continued the steady play on the back nine. The highlight of the morning was a hole-in-one on #16 by Kate Robertson of Rogers, Arkansas, a collegiate player at Newman University. It was her first career hole-in-one.
Kansas City-area players who advanced to the Round of 16: Aristelle Acuff (University of Kansas), Samantha Cornelius, Susan DeVoe (Overland Park), Abby Glynn (University of Kansas), Tatum King (Lenexa/Illinois State University), Martha Linscott (Mission Hills), Megan Lucas (UMKC), Julia Misemer (Overland Park), Carmen Titus (Greenwood), Anna Zech (Kearney)
Only two of the matches in the Round of 16 advanced beyond the 15th hole. Isabella Camaal Solis closed out Carmen Titus 5&4. Megan Lucas advanced due to a withdrawal. Julia Misemer defeated Samantha Cornelius 5&4, Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, NE) closed out Martha Linscott 6&5. Rachel Stous (Topeka) defeated Susan DeVoe 5&4. Jenna Teeter won her match with Kate Robertson 4&3. Tatum King closed out Aristelle Acuff 3&1. Haley Thiele (Wahoo, NE) won a back and forth match over Abby Glynn 1 up.
Quarterfinal matches begin at 7:30 am on Wednesday morning at Swope Memorial GC in Kansas City, Missouri.