Top Seed Schuster Leads the Charge into Quarterfinals of the 108th Women’s Southern Amateur Championship

Briefly: Amateur medalist and top seed going into Match Play, Katherine Schuster, was able to get through two rounds at Ol’ Colony undefeated today. She defeated her first opponent, Gracie Piar, 3 and 1, and defeated Samantha Paradise in the Round of 16, 3 and 1 as well. Several matches in the Round of 16 had to go to extra holes, with ladies having to play over 36 holes in the hot, humid conditions today on the course. The 18th seed, Karoline Tuttle, out of Lake Mary, Florida, was able to defeat the leader after the first round of qualifying and 2nd seed heading into today, Kendall Turner. Tuttle upset Turner 5 and 4. Tuttle will be paired with Isabella van der Biest out of The University of Alabama in tomorrow’s Quarterfinals match.

Leaderboard Snapshot:

Round of 16 Match Results
(1) Katherine Schuster def. (16) Samantha Paradise 3 & 1
(8) Ashley Chow def. (24) Katie Scheck 4 & 2
(13) Morgan Jones def. (4) Morgan Ellison 2 up
(21) Karra Tucker def. (28) Maddie May 4 & 3
(18) Karoline Tuttle def. (1) Kendall Tuner 5 & 4
(26) Isabella van der Biest def. (23) Allie Justiz 4 & 3
(2) Audrey Rischer def. (19) Gracie Heinle 3 & 2
(6) Taryn Walker def. (11) Alise Knudson 1 up
Quarterfinals Matches
(1) Katherine Schuster vs. (8) Ashley Chow 7:30 AM
(13) Morgan Jones vs. (21) Karra Tucker 7:40 AM
(18) Karoline Tuttle vs. (26) Isabella van der Biest 7:50 AM
(2) Audrey Rischer vs. (6) Taryn Walker 8:00 AM

In Contention: Katherine Schuster advances to the Quarterfinals with a lot of momentum coming off two consecutive days of commanding golf. She will take the top seed into the Quarterfinals and face Ashley Chow, a talented and experienced golfer out of Southern Methodist University, at 7:30 a.m. Also in contention is Van der Biest. Undoubtedly, van der Biest has played Ol’ Colony a multitude of times as a Junior on the Crimson Tide. Audrey Rischer, the number 3 seed and Oklahoma signee, is also a player to keep an eye on as she has performed consistently well since the start of play on Monday.

Weather: Early morning dew and light showers gave way to a mix of clouds and sunshine for the second half of Wednesday at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex. More sunshine and high temperatures are expected tomorrow for the Quarterfinal and Semifinal Matches.

Golf Course: Built in 2000, Ol’ Colony is a Jerry Pate designed 18-hole championship golf course with 25 acres of lakes that come into play on several holes. The Bermuda grass fairways and greens are very well maintained. A premier golfing destination renowned for its challenging layout and stunning natural beauty hosted the 2022 DI Men’s Golf Regional.

What’s Next: The final eight players will advance to tomorrow’s Quarterfinals beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the Semifinal Matches to start at 12:30 p.m. Only two players will remain after Thursday’s rounds.

More Info: For more information on the 2024 Women’s Southern Amateur click here.