Stroke-play medalist Dawn Woodard of Franklin, Tenn., led the list of winners Monday in the first round of match play at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, being played at the 6,208-yard, par-73 Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree.
Woodard, who earned stroke-play medalist honors for the second consecutive year, won the first hole against Lea Bagwell Venable of Simpsonville, S.C., and never trailed en route to a 7-and-6 victory.
Also advancing was former Arizona State standout Thuhashini Selvaratnam, the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up and a member at Desert Forest.
Selvaratnam needed an extra hole to eliminate 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Robin Burke of Houston.
“I knew coming in that she is a good player and it would be a tough match,” said Selvaratnam. “So if I won or lost I actually wouldn’t have minded because I played well and she played well.”
The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur continues today with the second and third rounds of match play. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played Wednesday and the championship concludes with the 18-hole final on Thursday.
• Steele DeWald finished tied for 21st with an 11-over 221 as the Arizona State men shot 47-over 877 and finished tied for ninth at the 12-team Illini Invitational in Chicago.
Oklahoma State won the tournament by seven strokes by shooting a 17-over 857.
ASU will play next at the Alister McKenzie Invitational Oct. 8-9 in Oakland, Calif. For results, visit www.Golfstat.com.
• Phoenix made its final cuts Monday, reducing the roster to the NHL’s 23-man limit.
Right wing Bill Thomas was assigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League and defenseman Brendan Bell, who signed a one-way contract this summer, was waived.
The Coyotes will carry three goalies, six defensemen and 14 forwards on their roster to start the season, which begins Thursday at home against St. Louis.