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Nielson Reaches Semifinal of Women's Southern Amateur

Kingwood, TX Virginia freshman golfer Callie Nielson reached the semifinals of match play Thursday at the 93rd annual Women’s Southern Amateur Championship at the Island Course at the Clubs of Kingwood, in Kingwood. Texas. Teammate Kristen Simpson made it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated earlier in the day.

In match play, Nielson defeated UVa teammate Carly Truitt 3-1 in the first round. She advanced through the round of 16 by picking up a 1 up win versus Shannon Fish. Nielson defeated Lauren Johnson 3 and 2 to reach the semifinals before being eliminated by Lucy Nunn 2 up. Nunn is a senior at Arkansas.

Simpson knocked off Toni Wiesner 5 and 4 in the round of 32, defeated Christy Carter 4 and 2 in the round of 16 before Nunn defeated her 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals.

Freshman Eleana Collins, playing out of the other side of the bracket, defeated Haley Hocott 5 and 4 in the round of 32 before losing to Lindy Labauve 1 up in the round of 16. Labauve is a sophomore at LSU.

Collins and Nielson shared medalists honors with Sara Hemingway for the stroke play portion of the event. All three competitors shot 1-over 73 to advance to match play. Simpson tied for fourth in qualifying with a 75 while Carly Truitt shot 82 to advance.

Collins and Nielson received the Team Trophy for the lowest combined score.




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