Sierra Brooks and Kristen Gillman took the day one lead at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four Ball at Streamsong Resort in Streamsong, Fla., with a 7-under 65.
Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion made eight birdies and one bogey to carry much of the load for the team, with Brooks making birdies at some of the same holes.
“All her approach shots were really close and she hit every drive in the fairway,” said Brooks, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up. “I don’t recall her missing a shot today. It was awesome. I picked a good partner.”
Gillman and Brooks have built a strong friendship through golf. When Gillman flew in from Texas earlier this year for the Annika Invitational, she stayed with Brooks and her family rather than in a hotel. That friendship, and their success in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup and 2015 Junior Solheim Cup made the two an obvious match for the four ball.
“We’ve played a lot of match-play events together and we know each other’s games well,” said Brooks. “It was a bit of a tough day for me today but I’m going to help her out a lot tomorrow.”
Athena Yang and Kendall Griffin are one of three teams one shot back of the leaders. Yang and Griffin medaled at this event last year, and continue to be a formidable team.
Yang, the more aggressive player of the duo on Saturday, made five birdies, while Griffin added one, but kept the team from having any blow up holes.
“She saved me so much by making pars,” said Yang. “I was a bit more aggressive, and if you’re more aggressive, then you might have more tricky shots coming up. It’s hard making par. She saved my butt.”
Phillipines National Team members Pauline Del Rosario and Princess Mary Superal are also one shot back of the leaders after making seven birdies and one bogey in their round.
Evelyn Arguelles and Isabella Fierro, who are members of Mexico’s National Team, are the third team at 6 under.
Four teams are two shots back at 5 under.