Hole-in-one helps Parsells advance into Women's Amateur championship match vs. Ku
Photo: Christina Parsells watches ball go into cup for hole-in-one on 17th hole
Christina Parsells of Baltusrol aced the par-3 17th hole for a 1-up lead, watched opponent Ami Gianchandani of Watching Valley sink a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to even the match, then won with a par on the 19th hole, the par-4 first hole, to advance to Friday afernoon's championship match of the 94th NJSGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Navesink Country Club in Middletown.
In the final match, Parsells will face Anina Ku of Neshanic Valley, who defeated Allison Herring of TPC Jasna Polana, 3 and 2. Parsells is in the final for the second straight year, losing to Kelly Sim of Alpine in 2018. Sim was ousted by Gianchandani in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Parsells, a recent graduate of Georgetown where she was All-Big East for four years, lost a 2-up lead when she bogeyed holds 15 and 16.
On the downhill, par-3, 172-yard 17th hole, Gianchandani led off with a tee shot to within 12 feet of the pin. Parsells then hit a five iron that not only went inside of Gianchandani’s ball, but took one bounce into the cup. It was the second ace of her career, the other coming when she set a Georgetown scoring record of 67.