Katie Lu, Cranbury Golf Club

GLEN RIDGE, N.J. – Following the first round of the 97th Women’s Amateur Championship, Anna Bowman, Katie Lu and Emma Shen share the top spot on the leaderboard at Glen Ridge Country Club. The trio shot a 1-over par 72 on Monday afternoon. 

In the 9th Women’s Mid-Amateur, Samantha Perrotta of Centerton Golf Club leads the field by two strokes.


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Hitting fairways proved to be the difference for the low scorers on Monday. 

Lu, an incoming sophomore at Michigan State University had a consistent opening round on the 5,833-yard par 71.

“It’s a pretty gettable course, so I know anything can happen and people can go super low,” said Lu.

She notched birdies on No. 1, 8 and 9 while carding four bogeys throughout her round.

“I had a couple of bad holes and that kind of took away my advantage because I hit it pretty far off the tee and it’s a shame I three putting but it’s fine,” recalled Lu. “I still hit some pretty good shots out there and fortunately those saved me.”

Shen, 18, remained steady despite a triple bogey on No. 2, a 386-yard par 4. 

“I played this course in a practice round and a lot of it just comes down to playing your shots and hitting them to the spots,” Shen commented. “I was patient for the rest of the round and let the putts sink on the back nine.”

After a rocky start to her opening round, Bowman of Suburban Golf Club shot a 1-over par 73 with two birdies and three bogeys on her scorecard. 

“When I had a good opportunity, I took it and went for it,” recalled Bowman. “The putter was rolling decently today so overall a pretty decent.”

The incoming senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro made it to the Round of 16 in the 2021 edition of the New Jersey Women's Amateur Championship. 

Bowman and Lu will be highlighted as the NJSGA’s featured group on Tuesday morning. The 1st and 10th holes of NJSGA’s ‘Featured’ Group will be live on Facebook @NJSGA1900. The two competitors will tee off at 9:50 a.m.

Perrotta, 32, turned it a 3-over par 74 on Monday highlighted by a birdie on No. 16 to lead the Mid-Amateur contingent. She holds a two-stroke advantage over Daria Delfino, who shot a 5-over par 75. Following the conclusion of 36 holes, a Mid-Amateur champion will be determined.

The top-16 players following 36 holes will qualify for the match play portion of the championship.

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