Three young Pleasanton golfers teed it up against the best amateur players in the world earlier this month, but their hopes of making deep runs in their respective tournaments came to an end after missing the cut.
Amador Valley High junior Noah Woolsey played in the U.S. Amateur championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in suburban Chicago earlier this week while Kortnie Maxoutopoulis and Miranda Wang played in the U.S. Women's Amateur last week at Portland Golf Club in Oregon.
Both tournaments, organized by the U.S. Golf Association, featured all participating golfers playing two stroke-play rounds before the field was reduced to the top 64 players, who advanced to a match-play bracket.
The 16-year-old Woolsey, competing against 311 other golfers, got off to a strong start at the beginning of his first U.S. Amateur round on Monday, sitting at 2-under-par through seven holes. But he fell back a bit on the back-9 to finish the opening round with a 3-over-par 73.
The teen shot four strokes higher in the second round Tuesday to finish the national championship at 10-over-par -- seven shots behind the cut of 3-over.
The week before in Portland, Maxoutopoulis narrowly missed moving onto match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur, overcoming a slow start to finish regulation on the cut line before falling on the final sudden-death playoff hole.
The 22-year-old opened with a 7-over-par 79, which included a triple-bogey and a stretch of five bogeys in seven holes.
But Maxoutopoulis battled back in her second round, playing 10 strokes better. She birdied her opening hole and ended up with four birdies overall and just one bogey en route to a 3-under-par 69.
She finished stroke play at 4-over-par, in a 16-way tie for the final 10 spots in match play. After she parred the first playoff hole, darkness extended the playoff into the next morning, Aug. 12.
She bogeyed her opening hole that morning, which left her as one of four players vying for the last available spot. On the next hole, her birdie putt slid past the hole and she was eliminated from contention.
"Overall I learned a ton," Maxoutopoulis said in an email. "I further understood God's truths. I developed some incredible relationships, competed at a top level and gave it my all. I was so blessed with this opportunity and am so grateful for all the love and support I have received going into, during and following the event."
Wang, a 16-year-old who trains at Ruby Hill Golf Club, ended the U.S. Women's Amateur seven strokes behind the cut line. She opened with a 6-over-par 78 and improved on that by one stroke in the second round, shooting a 5-over-par 77.