Charlottesville golfer makes quarterfinal of U.S. Women's Amateur

Whitney Neuhauser was a two-time junior All-American at Monticello High School.

August 8, 9:35am update: Neuhauser survived a tight match against Stephanie Kono to advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. She tees off against Spain's Belen Mozo at 2:10pm EDT.

2:50pm update:
Whitney Neuhauser handily defeated second-round opponent Lucy Nunn this morning, losing only two out of 14 holes in match play. She takes on Stephanie Kono of Honolulu this afternoon starting at 4:20pm EDT for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The sporting world may be focused on Beijing this weekend, but Charlottesville may want to keep one eye on Eugene, Oregon. That's where Charlottesville native and UVA third-year Whitney Neuhauser is very much a contender for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

The 20-year-old Barboursville resident advanced to the round of 32 in the match-play tournament yesterday by defeating Kristen Park of Buena Park, California. She will tee off against Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Oklahoma at 11:10am EDT this morning. Should Neuhauser advance, she'll play her third-round match today at 4:20pm EDT.

Neuhauser is a favorite to win the tournament. She is the fourth-seeded golfer in the field, behind only Australia's Stephanie Na, Scottsdale, Arizona's Amanda Blumenhurst, and Canada's Kira Meixner.

Along with the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship is considered the highest prize in women's amateur golf. Should Neuhauser walk away with the trophy, she would be the first Virginian to do so in the 108-year history of the tournament.

You can follow Neuhauser's round on the tournament's website.