Maddison Hinson-Tolchard – photo USGA Darren Carroll

Three Australians have played their way into the match-play phase of the US Women’s Amateur Championship being held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York.

West Australian Maddison Hinson-Tolchard finished the 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying in 20th place, Queensland’s Emily Mahar is 40th and New South Wales Grace Kim is 45th, all three safely inside the top 64 who begin head to head encounters tomorrow.

Hinson-Tolchard began round two in great fashion and was actually 3 under through 5 holes before a series of dropped shots saw her finish with 73 but she is continuing to show the benefits of a collegiate career at Oklahoma State and recent success in US amateur events.

Emily Mahar – photo USGA

Mahar has also played collegiate golf in the US where she has been attending Virginia Tech and she recently qualified for and played the US Women’s Open.

Mahar recovered from an opening round of 77 with a second round of 70 to advance to the knockout phase.

Kim, a Gold Medallist at the Junior Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018, also recovered from a slow start with a round of 72 which included a double bogey at her 14th hole which potentially cost her a chance of getting through, but she steadied the ship to make the cutoff by two shots.

Kim, a member of the Avondale Golf Club in Sydney, has been playing both amateur and professional events in the US this year with some success and is currently Australia’s highest world ranked amateur.

All three will be keen to emulate the deeds of their fellow Australian Gabi Ruffels who won this event in 2019 and finished runner-up in 2020.