Katelyn Dambaugh came into the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur with a goal of playing on Aug 8. She has worn hats embroidered with “DG 8-8” and “Finish Strong,” a tribute to close family friend Maj. David Gray, a Charleston Southern graduate who was killed a year ago Thursday by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

U.S. Women’s Amateur

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday

WHERE: Country Club of Charleston

TODAY’S SCHEDULE: The round of 32 begins at 7:30 a.m. with the round of 16 scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.


PARKING: No parking at the Country Club. Public parking is available at the vacant space located at Folly Road and Albemarle Road, with shuttles running every 15 minutes from 5:15 a.m. until 9 p.m.

TV: The Golf Channel (4-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday)

Wednesday at the Country Club of Charleston, Dambaugh advanced through the first round of match play at the Country Club of Charleston by finishing strong. Dambaugh, an 18-year-old Pinewood Prep graduate who is headed to the University of South Carolina, scored a 2-up victory over 15-year-old Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii.

“All I thought was ‘finish strong’ and that’s all I could do,” said Dambaugh, the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior runner-up.

“I called (Gray) my brother. I knew him my whole life and I was the flower girl in the wedding. I had these hats made and some clothes made. I wanted to play tomorrow on his anniversary. That’s really what means the most to me.”

Dambaugh won the second and third holes of her match for an early 2-up advantage. But Galdiano, who qualified for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, battled back and squared the match on the sixth hole. Galdiano won 10, 11 and 13 for a 2-up advantage with five holes left, and that’s when Dambaugh began her charge.

Dambaugh won the 14th with a par and squared the match with a birdie on the par-5 15th. She left a birdie putt hanging on the lip on 16, and then sent a 6-iron to four feet for a birdie and a 1-up advantage after 17. Dambaugh also won the 18th with a par after Galdiano hit her tee shot into a fairway bunker and was unable to reach the green in regulation.

“She played awesome the last five holes when she needed to,” said former Pinewood Prep teammate Austin Cody, who is caddying for Dambaugh this week. “She did exactly what she had to do and did it with pressure on her. What she did 14 through 18, you can’t teach that. That was impressive. She didn’t miss a green, made two birdies and the rest pars.”

With a large gallery of family and friends following, Dambaugh admitted to feeling stressed.

“I expected to be nervous but I was more nervous than I thought I would be,” she said.

The stress level was multiplied for her parents, E.G. and Cindy Dambaugh. Her mother said her stomach was in knots from the fourth hole on while her father said he was glad for the match to finish.

“I’m not used to this much stress,” her father said. “I’ve been to a lot of golf matches but this was something. I don’t remember being this stressed at the Girls’ Junior, maybe because expectations weren’t so high.

“She’s put a lot of pressure on herself. Tomorrow is a special day for her. She wanted to at least get through to Thursday to play for her friend who was killed in Afghanistan.”

Dambaugh will play Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in a match pitting former Girls’ Junior runner-ups. Dambaugh made it to the final in 2010 before losing to Doris Chen, while Lee was the 2012 girls’ Junior runner-up. Lee, who is playing in her sixth Women’s Amateur and has played in three Women’s Opens, defeated Dawn Woodard of Greer, 3 and 1.

Dambaugh is the only South Carolina golfer remaining. Lauren Stephenson of Lexington fell 4 and 3 to Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y.

Medalist Yumi Matsubara of Japan followed Tuesday’s record-setting performance and won her first match. Matsubara, who is 14 years old, made a sweeping 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole to close out Bianca Maria Fabrizio of Italy, 2 and 1.

Also advancing was Lauren Diaz-Yi, who in June scored a 10 and 9 victory to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. On Wednesday Diaz-Yi, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., defeated Desiree Dubreuil of Santa Ana, Calif., 4 and 3.

Wednesday’s Results

Upper Bracket

Yumi Matsubara, Japan (135) def. Bianca Maria Fabrizio, Italy (150), 2 and 1

Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (146) def. Desiree Dubreuil, Santa Ana, Calif. (146), 4 and 3

Lori Beth Adams, Burlington, N.C. (144) def. Clariss Guce, Philippines (147), 2 up

Kendall Prince, Lake Oswego, Ore. (144) def. Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (147), 20 holes

Kacie Komoto, Honolulu, Hawaii (149) def. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada (141), 4 and 3

Doris Chen, Chinese Taipei (146) def. Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (145), 1 up

Kotone Hori, Japan (141) def. Kelly Grassel, Chesterton, Ind. (149), 3 and 2

Minjee Lee, Australia (145) def. Elizabeth Nagel, Dewitt, Mich. (146), 6 and 4

Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla. (140) def. Saki Iida, Gilbert, Ariz. (150), 5 and 4

Emily Collins, Colleyville, Texas (146) def. Ember Schuldt, Sterling, Ill. (145), 2 and 1

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (143) def. Liv Cheng, New Zealand (148), 2 and 1

Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (144) def. Sophia Popov, Germany (147), 3 and 2

Brittany Fan, Pearl City, Hawaii (141) def. Monica Petchakan, Encino, Calif. (149), 3 and 2

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (145) def. Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (146), 4 and 3

Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (142) def. Gabriela Lopez, Mexico (148), 1 up

Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. (147) def. Carolin Pinegger, Austria (144), 2 and 1

Lower Bracket

Laura Wearn, Charlotte, N.C. (150) def. Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (140), 3 and 2

Katelyn Sepmoree, Tyler, Texas (146) def. Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. (146), 2 and 1

Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. (143) def. Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (147), 2 and 1

Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa. (144) def. Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (147), 7 and 5

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (141) def. Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. (149), 3 and 1

Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (146) def. Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii (145), 2 up

Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. (149) def. Princess Superal, Philippines (142), 3 and 2

Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland (146) def. Stephanie Meadow, Northern Ireland (145), 3 and 2

Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. (140) def. Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (150), 3 and 1

Tatiana Wijaya, Indonesia (146) def. Christine Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich. (146), 1 up

Maria Fassi, Mexico (148) def. Cyna Marie Rodriguez, Philippines (143), 3 and 2

Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. (144) def. Allyssa Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis. (147), 2 and 1

Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. (141) def. Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (149), 2 and 1

Cammie Gray, Northport, Ala. (145) def. Simin Feng, People’s Republic of China (146), 4 and 3

Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (142) def. Jessie Gerry, Madison, Wis. (149), 5 and 3

Grace Na, Oakland, Calif. (145) def. Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (146), 19 holes

Thursday’s Pairings

Upper Bracket

7:30 a.m. — Yumi Matsubara, Japan (135) vs. Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (146)

7:40 a.m. — Lori Beth Adams, Burlington, N.C. (144) vs. Kendall Prince, Lake Oswego, Ore. (144)

7:50 a.m. — Kacie Komoto, Honolulu, Hawaii (149) vs. Doris Chen, Chinese Taipei (146)

8 a.m. — Kotone Hori, Japan (141) vs. Minjee Lee, Australia (145)

8:10 a.m. — Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla. (140) vs. Emily Collins, Colleyville, Texas (146)

8:20 a.m. — Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (143) vs. Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (144)

8:30 a.m. — Brittany Fan, Pearl City, Hawaii (141) vs. Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (145)

8:40 a.m. — Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (142) vs. Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. (147)

Lower Bracket

8:50 a.m. — Laura Wearn, Charlotte, N.C. (150) vs. Katelyn Sepmoree, Tyler, Texas (146)

9 a.m. — Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. (143) vs. Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa. (144)

9:10 a.m. — Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (141) vs. Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (146)

9:20 a.m. — Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. (149) vs. Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland (146)

9:30 a.m. — Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. (140) vs. Tatiana Wijaya, Indonesia (146)

9:40 a.m. — Maria Fassi, Mexico (148) vs. Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. (144)

9:50 a.m. — Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. (141) vs. Cammie Gray, Northport, Ala. (145)

10 a.m. — Su-Hyun Oh, Australia (142) vs. Grace Na, Oakland, Calif. (145)