Kentuckians Breed, Talley win match-play openers at U.S. Women's Amateur

Liz Breed, who wrapped up her senior season at the University of Kentucky earlier this year, birdied the 17th hole to lock up a 3 & 1 victory in match play against Bailey Tardy of Norcross, Ga., in the U.S. Women's Amateur tournament on Wednesday at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. Breed advanced to the round of 32 in the event that continues through Sunday.

Defending champion Emma Talley, who won three state championships at Caldwell County and will be a sophomore this fall at Alabama, parred the 18th to send her match against Jiyoon Jang of Rancho Mirage, Calif., to extra holes. Talley followed that up with another par on the first extra hole to win the match.

“Coming down the stretch, I definitely gave her the opportunity to close it out,” Talley said. “I also had some opportunities to get it closer and neither one of us did it.”

Talley finally took advantage on first extra hole, the par-4 first. Jang sent her approach to the back of the green, and she stubbed her chip from the short rough well short of the hole. Despite an awkward stance, Talley deftly chipped to tap-in distance and took the win when Jang left her par attempt short.

“So far, every day has been better,” Talley said. “Hopefully, it will continue.”

Breed, seeded 34th in match play, has second-seeded Su-Hyun Oh of Australia up next on Thursday.

Talley will play 15th-seeded Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines. Superal won the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur in July.

Both Kentuckians will need to win two matches Thursday to reach Friday's quarterfinals.