STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ally McDonald’s defense of her North & South Amateur title came up just short as she fell 2 & 1 to U.S. Curtis Cup teammate Alison Lee in Saturday’s semifinal at Pinehurst No. 8.
It was a tightly contested battle one would expect from two of the world’s top amateur golfers. McDonald, the world’s No. 10 amateur, squared the match with a birdie at No. 13, but bogeys on Nos. 14 and 17 allowed Lee, the third-ranked amateur, to claim the hard-fought win.
“I had a fun week! Unfortunately I did not play my best this morning and Alison played well. Congratulations to my former teammate who is a deserving champion,” the rising Bulldog senior said. “I look forward to playing again soon at the U.S. Amateur in New York.”
Lee jumped out to a quick 1-up lead with a birdie at the first, but McDonald squared the match with a win on the sixth and went in front with a par on the eighth.
A bogey on the ninth squared the match heading to the back nine, and Lee went 1-up with a birdie on No. 11.
A McDonald birdie on the par-3 13th squared the match, but Lee regained the 1-up advantage with a par at No. 14. A McDonald bogey on No. 17 allowed Lee to clinch the win and advance to the final, where she knocked off Lori Beth Adams in 19 holes.McDonald returns to the links Aug. 4-10 with the United States Women’s Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.