In the gripping scenes at the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Laney Frye confidently advanced after a splendid performance across 36 holes at the historic Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, California. Meanwhile, Jensen Castle is prepped to stake her claim in a fiercely competitive 10-for-9 playoff, set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.
Hailing from Nicholasville, Kentucky, Frye notched her third consecutive cut at the championship, a feat that started back in 2020. Castle, originating from West Columbia, South Carolina, is on a quest for her fourth successive cut since the same year.
Representing the University of Kentucky’s women’s golf team as a rising senior, Frye showcased impeccable skills and determination. Her first round saw her score a 2-over, which she impressively complemented with an even par in the subsequent round. This propelled her up the leaderboard, cementing her position in the championship.
Frye’s day commenced on the first hole on Tuesday morning, where she capitalized on the par-5 with an early birdie. She went on to pocket birdies on the par-3 No. 5 and the par-5 No. 8. With only a single bogey tarnishing her front nine, Frye displayed stellar golfing prowess. However, the back nine proved more challenging, as she recorded three bogeys but managed to redeem herself with another birdie. Overall, she turned in a tournament total of 2-over-par 142, earning a tie for 39th place.
Castle, who’s carving out her path as a rising graduate student, put forth a valiant effort in the second round. Despite facing six bogeys, she managed to secure two birdies, ending the day at 4-over. With a tournament total of 4-over-par 144, Castle finds herself in a tie for the 56th position alongside 10 other contenders.
With the stroke-play segment wrapped up, golf enthusiasts now eagerly await the match-play section of the championship, which kicks off with the round of 64 on Wednesday. Detailed pairings and tee times are expected to be released post the playoff tomorrow morning.
For fans and followers unable to be at the greens, The Golf Channel promises to bring the action home. It will air select moments from the round of 64 between 6-9 p.m. ET. As the championship progresses, these talented golfers will no doubt continue to captivate with their skills, determination, and passion for the game.