Japanese teenager Yumi Matsubara won her opening match Wednesday in the US Women’s Amateur on Tuesday, beating Italy’s Bianca Maria Fabrizio 2 and 1.
Matsubara, the 14-year-old qualifying medalist making her first appearance in the event, had a tournament-record 7-under-par 64 at the Country Club of Charleston in the final round of stroke-play qualifying.
I’m glad to win this match,” Matsubara said through June Nagashima, an official with the Japan Golf Association. ”I did well, score-wise, so that’s the point for me. . . . I just try to play just like stroke play, so I don’t have a special strategy for match play. I just focus on the scores.”
In the second round Thursday, Matsubara will face Lauren Diaz-Yi. Diaz-Yi beat fellow-American Desiree Dubreuil 4 and 3.
2012 US Girls’ Junior champion Minjee Lee of Australia also advanced, along with college champion Annie Park and four-time US Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi.
The 34-year-old Stasi reached the second round for the first time in nine tries, beating Austria’s Carolin Pinegger 2 and 1.
New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko, the winner last year at The Country Club in Cleveland, is skipping the tournament.