Cedo Advances at U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship

PARAMUS, N.J. – Kansas women’s golfer Annika Cedo defeated Connor Beth Ball, 1 up, in the first round of match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey Wednesday. The incoming KU freshman won the battle on the final hole carding a bogey-5, while Ball shot a double bogey-6 to end the match.
Cedo will face Jin Wen Lu of the People’s Republic of China in the round of 32 on Thursday, July 21. Lu defeated American Annie Kim, 5 and 4, on Wednesday to advance.
From the Philippines, Cedo and Ball had a close match throughout as neither competitor led by more than one hole throughout the round. Ball took a one-hole lead with a birdie on the par-3 second. Cedo evened the match two holes later with a birdie on the par-4 fourth. On three occasions during the next nine holes, Ball would take a one-hole advantage only to have Cedo tie the match on the following hole.
Cedo’s par on No. 14 gave her a 1-up advantage for two holes but her double-bogey on No. 16 left the match all square. Both competitors parred the par-5 17th and Cedo edged Ball on No. 18 to win the match.  
Cedo qualified for match play by finishing tied for 38th in the 156-golfer field after shooting a two-round 153 (+7) in the stroke play portion of the championship, July 18-19. Cedo is no stranger to advancing at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Last year, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cedo and Lu are set to start their match at 7:21 a.m. (Central) with the winner advancing to the third of six rounds of match play. The event will conclude with a 36-hole championship on July 23.
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