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USC's Amari Avery Tied For Lead At Augusta National Women's Amateur Late In Second Round

Mar 31, 2022
Amari Avery is tied for first late in the second round at the Augusta National Women's Amateur

Freshman Amari Avery is tied for first late in the second round of the 2022 Augusta National Women's Amateur, going 1-under thru 16 on a weather-delayed and darkness-shortened second round Thursday (March 31) at Champions Retreat G.C. in Augusta, Ga.

Avery, in her second appearance at the event and looking to make the cut after she missed it by a stroke in 2021, is among three players atop the leaderboard at par.

Play was delayed over seven hours due to thunderstorms in the area but it didn't seem to bother Avery, who went out at 1-under and carded pars on her first seven holes on the back when play was stopped for the night.

Asked what she did during the delay, Avery said: "Honestly, I was just chilling and listening to music and hanging with some friends. Luckily the rain cleared up."

Most of the field has yet to finish the second round, which will resume at Champions Retreat at 7:30 a.m. ET.  Senior Katherine Muzi, in her debut here, is tied for 68th at 12-over. She has seven holes remaining.

The entire field will play a practice round at Augusta National following the completion of the second round. The top 30 — with the current cut hovering around 5-over — will earn a spot in Saturday's final round at Augusta National.

Avery said after her round how much the transition to college has helped her game.

"It's been huge," she said. "College has really changed my perspective on golf a little bit. I've been a little bit easier on myself. And of course having good coaches like Justin (Silverstein) and Katie (Woodruff) and amazing teammates also makes it easy."