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Aug. 6, 2008

South Carolina rising junior Taylor Barrett matched her first-round 76 in the second round Tuesday and found herself in a 10-woman playoff for the final six spots in the match play portion of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. After bogeying the first playoff hole, Barrett was eliminated from contention.

After Monday’s 76, Barrett opened Tuesday’s round with five straight pars. After a bogey on the par-5 sixth hole, she birdied No. 7 for the second-straight day to get back to even, where she stayed through the turn. She recovered from a bogey on No. 10 and a double-bogey on No. 11 with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole and turned in par on four of the final five holes to finish at 4-over for the round.

Barrett’s two-day total of 152 (+8) tied her with nine other players for the last six spots in the 64-golfer field for match play. Jaclyn Sweeney, Tara Goedeken and Kristen Park took the first three spots with birdies on the first playoff hole. Jennie Lee and Lizette Salas claimed two other places with birdies on the second playoff hole. Cyna Rodriguez, Garrett Philliips, Karen Chung and Kelley Louth turned in par on both holes and will battle for the final spot in a playoff Wednesday morning.

Amanda Blumenherst and Stephanie Na shared medalist honors by turning in 36-hole totals of 140 (-4). Blumenherst was the first-round leader with a 66 (-6) on Monday and followed it with a 74 (+2). Na turned in rounds of 69 and 71, respectively, to match Blumenherst.