Wright advances to final rounds of TRANS
TRUCKEE — Former Incline High golf standout Katelyn Wright, who was second after Day 1 of the 83rd Women’s TRANS National Amateur Championship at Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club on Tuesday, advanced to the final rounds Wednesday despite some struggles in the windy conditions.
Wright, a senior on the University of Nebraska golf team, opened the tournament Tuesday by firing a one-under-par 71 over the demanding, 6,389 yard course, which placed her in a three-way tie, three strokes behind 17-year-old Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga.
Conditions were not as kind to Wright on Wednesday.
As Ramsey conducted interviews after enjoying another low round in the morning, Wright’s group teed off at 1 p.m., about the time the wind picked up considerably. Wright carded an 83, giving her a two-day total of 154.
“There was definitely an advantage to playing in the morning because of the windy conditions,” said Tournament Director and TRANS President Sue May.
Nevertheless, Wright is among the 60 players who scored 164 or less, which advanced her to the final two rounds Thursday and Friday.
Ramsey’s 137, meanwhile, gave her both the Medalist and Junior Medalist honors after the completion of the first two rounds. After Wednesday, the incoming Clemson University freshman held a five-stroke lead over Hannah Suh from University of California, Berkeley, and Shu-Yin Liu.
Ramsey started out her round slowly but quickly refocused and was able to get back on track to keep her front nine at 36. She hit the ball with consistent precision 260 yards on the back nine with birdies on holes 11, 14 and 16, even as the wind begin to increase on the John Harbottle- and Johnny Miller-designed course.
Schaffer Mill’s Golf shop employee, Jessica Maynard also advanced to the final two rounds of play with a total of 160.
Karen Hoppe, a Nevada resident and TRANS State Representative, took the Senior Medalist Award with a 162 after recording birdies on the consecutive holes 13 and 14.
A total of nine countries are represented in the TRANS championship, including 10 junior girls who are 17 or under, 6 seniors (50 and older) and 12 universities from the United States.