Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eight from California Advance in U.S. Girls' Junior

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eight from California Advance in U.S. Girls' Junior

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As the senior representative of the 24 Californians who qualified for the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, Haley Moore has held up her end of the bargain through three days at Boone Valley Golf Club.

The University of Arizona sophomore, the 20th-ranked amateur in the world, picked up a win in match play Wednesday to move into the round of 32, where she will be joined by seven more golfers from her home state.

"A lot of us know each other from tournaments and it's always fun," she said. "It helps, even though the weather is a little hot for us, coming here and playing with each other. Sometimes we have to play against each other and it's fun to watch because we always grind it out."

Moore is from Escondido, a city near San Diego, and wouldn't be playing in the event if the USGA hadn't extended the age limit this year. That change allowed the 18-year-old to play despite having graduated high school a year early to play at Arizona, where she was the runner-up for the individual national championship in 2016.

She was 1 over par in stroke play at Boone Valley and beat Tze-Han Lin of China 4 and 3 in the round of 64. The second and third rounds of match play are scheduled for Thursday.

Those will include two matches pitting girls from the San Diego and Escondido areas against each other after the California competitors largely were able to avoid each other Wednesday.

One matchup will pit Karah Sanford of Escondido against Calista Reyes of San Diego. The two have known each other for seven years and are four-ball partners.

"We both know we love each other, so match play isn't for making friends," Sanford said. "We're both trying to play our best and whatever happens, happens."

Also playing against each other Thursday will be Brianna Navarrosa and Brooke Seay, both from San Diego. Seay made the cut at the U.S. Women's Open two weeks ago and finished in a tie for 60th.

On Wednesday, stroke play medalist Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, Calif. …

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