Girls Golf: Ryan’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Am stay ends in stroke play

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Grandview senior-to-be Morgan Ryan got in two rounds of stroke play at the prestigious U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur tournament last week at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Ryan — the Class 5A girls state runner-up — turned in rounds of 84 and 88 to finish plus-30 at the 70th annual tournament and was among the 92 players from the starting field of 156 to miss the cut for the stroke play portion.

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The opening round saw Ryan make the turn at just 3-over-par, though the back nine caused her some difficulty as she finished 13-over. Ryan managed just four pars in the second round, though she limited the damage.

Yealimi Noh of Concord, Calif., emerged as the U.S. Girls’ Junior Am champion with a 4 and 3 match play victory over Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida.

Ryan qualified for the tournament as the runner-up in a qualifier in Nebraska, while the player who finished in front of her there — Madelyn Jones of Austin, Texas — shot plus-9 in stroke play to get into a playoff for one of the last 10 spots in the match play field of 64. Jones was eliminated on the opening hole of the 14-player playoff.

The other Colorado resident in the field, Meghan Vogt of Broomfield, shot rounds of 88 and 80 to come in four strokes ahead of Ryan.

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