Runas Marches Into U.S. Amateur Quarterfinals

Demi Runas
 
Demi Runas
 

Aug. 11, 2011

U.S. Women's Amateur Website
Runas vs. Preamchuen scorecard (second round)
Runas vs. McCloskey scorecard (third round)

BARRINGTON, R.I. - UC Davis junior Demi Runas beat USC senior Lisa McCloskey on the first extra hole of their match after earlier beating Ket Preamchuen on Thursday, earning a berth in Friday's quarterfinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Runas, from Torrance and the reigning Big West Conference Player of the Year, will face defending champion and former Pepperdine standout Danielle Kang at 9:55 a.m. (Pacific) on Friday with the winner advancing to Saturday's semis. The 36-hole final will be played on Sunday.

The national championship is being contested at the 6,399-yard Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.

Runas punched her ticket into the next round after shooting par on the first extra hole after she and McCloskey were all square after 18 holes. Runas never trailed in the match but also never led by more than one hole. McCloskey tied the third-round matchup four times, including on the 18th hole when Runas bogeyed the par-5. McCloskey double-bogeyed par-4 1st hole while Runas secured the win with a 4.

Runas opened her day with a win over Preamchuen, who plays for Kennesaw State. The pair were all square through the first two holes but a par and birdie on the next two holes pushed Runas into a two-hole lead. She led by four after seven holes but Preamchuen won three of the next four holes to climb within one.

Runas' birdie on the par-4 12th gave her that hole while another on the par-4 15th put her 3 up. Both players parred the next hole, clinching the win for Runas.

 

 

Runas was one of two members of the UC Davis women's golf program to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Current assistant coach Lauren Dobashi also advanced through stroke competition and into match play before losing a tough first-round match.

They'll return to an Aggie program that opens its season on Sept. 12 at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, hosted by Colorado State. UC Davis is the two-time defending Big West champion.