Fiona Xu – in action today – photo Kathryn Riley USGA
Successive victories on day two of the match play phase of the US Girls Junior Championship by both Fiona Xu (New Zealand) and Justice Bosio (Australia) have given Australasia a strong hand in Bowling Green in Kentucky, the pair now into the Quarter Finals of the event.
Bosio had comfortable wins in both her morning, Round of 32, and afternoon, Round of 16 matches, but Xu, the Australian Amateur Champion was forced to fight back from being down early in her morning match before holding off a spirited late challenge from her opponent Emily Matthews.
Xu’s afternoon match was equally also tense as she again overcame a deficit to win her final two holes and the match 2&1 against Californian 13 year old Asterisk Talley.
Bosio has been assisted this week by the help of her caddie and fellow countrywoman, Stephanie Na, who herself was a medallist at the 2008 US Women’s Amateur and reached the Quarter Finals that same year.
In steamy hot conditions and despite being from the Sunshine Coast, Bosio is contending with the, at times, unbearable heat, but she is coping well.
“I have been here since June, so I think my body is getting a little bit more used to it, if that can happen,” said Bosio.
“I think I’ve been in pretty good form lately. I’ve been playing pretty well. I just came out of the North and South, obviously, lost in the quarters, so hopefully tomorrow I can go a bit deeper than the quarters.”
Justice Bosio – during her round of 16 match today – photo Kathryn Riley USGA