GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- The U.S. Women's Amateur continues to have a Husky feel as both Eimi Koga and Jing Yan advanced out of their first round matches. Their win creates an all-Husky matchup in the round of 32 when they play each other.
Koga entered match play as the No. 44 seed after finishing stroke play at 5-over 145. She took on No. 21 seed Alejandra Cangrejo of NCAA Champion Duke. Koga never trailed in the tight match, using a par on the 18th to earn a 2-up victory. Koga took a 1-up lead on the second hole and never looked back, leading by as much as 3-up.
She will play new teammate and incoming Husky freshman Jing Yan who also advanced. Yan is the No. 53 seed after finishing stroke play at 6-over 146. She faced No. 12 Bronte Law of UCLA in the first round of match play and survived in a great match that lasted 21 holes. Yan briefly led by two after 11 holes, but otherwise the match was square or decided by a single hole throughout. Jan birdied the 21st hole, a par three, to win and advance.
Koga and Jan will play Thursday at 5:40 a.m., PT for their Round of 32 match. The winner will play in the afternoon against the winner of Alison Lee and Jennifer Coleman in the afternoon.
Three other Huskies participated in the U.S. Women's Amateur, but did not advance to match play. Cyd Okino (9-over 149), Jennifer Yang (11-over 151) and Charlotte Thomas (24-over 164) were eliminated after 36 holes.