HARRISON, NY – NCAA champion Rachel Heck of Stanford advanced to the semifinals of the American women’s amateur on Friday, winning Kan Bunnabodee of Thailand 3 and 2 at Westchester Country Club.
Heck takes a 2-point lead with an equal victory on the par-4 15th and finishes Bunnabodee with a birdie victory on the par-3 16th. Bunnabodee plays at Purdue.
Heck, of Memphis, Tennessee, will face Jensen Castle of West Columbia, South Carolina, the University of Kentucky player who beat Australia’s Emily Mahar 6 and 5.
In the other semifinal, Valentina Rossi of Argentina tackles Hou Yu-chiang of Taiwan. Rossi plays in Michigan State, and Holds in Arizona.
Rossi beat Sanford player Stanoke player Brooke Seay in 19 holes, and Hou was on top of 15-year-old Cara Heisterkamp of Westlake, Ohio, 4 and 3.
In May, Heck concluded her freshman year at Stanford with the NCAA Individual title, her sixth win of the season. No. 2 in the world rankings for women in amateurs, she tries to join former Georgia star Vicki Goetze (1992) as the only players to win NCAA Division I individual and American women’s amateur titles in the same year. Her father, Robert, works as her caddy.