Sue Wooster is once again the lone Australian flying the flag at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur after the first round of match play saw compatriot Robyn Puckett drop out of the race.
Puckett, the oldest competitor in the field, went down to American Lynn Thompson 4&3 in the Round of 64, but it was a different story for Wooster in her match with Joan Gardner.
The Victorian made a par up the 1st at Anchorage Golf Course in Alaska to take a 1-up lead and never trailed in her match with the American hailing from Virginia, in fact Wooster was only tied with Gardner for a solitary hole during a clinical performance to advance to the Round of 32.
Gardner drew level with the 60-year-old via a four at the par-4 5th only to have the 1-up margin restored at the par-5 next and increased to 2-up at the following hole.
Two times a runner-up in this event, Wooster made her advantage three holes at the 11th before closing out the match with a birdie at the par-3 16th, her score for the completed holes a very impressive one-over-par.
A regular winner around the world, and former World No.1 in the senior women’s amateur game, Wooster will now face Amy Kennedy in the next round after the American claimed a 4&2 win over Sherry Soto having been 4-up after four holes.