Ellie Slama Concludes Play At Augusta National Women’s Amateur
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Ellie Slama just missed advancing to the final round of the 2022 Augusta National Women's Amateur on Friday.
The second round was delayed several hours due to inclement weather on Thursday, and Slama was in the final group to tee off. She was able to get nine holes in but had to get up early Friday to finish the round under tough conditions both days.
The All-Pac-12 golfer finished with a 9-over 75-78--153 at the par-72 Champions Retreat Golf Club and was just outside the top 30 who will play the final round on Saturday at August National Golf Club.
Oregon State head coach Dawn Shockley knows golf as well as anyone and had this to say about the challenges Slama faced in Augusta:
"I'm gutted for Ellie. Golf is hard. You have to battle wind, rain, mud, constant change of course conditions, and often playing the waiting game wondering when the weather will turn and you will play again. She played great yesterday and had momentum, but they ran out of daylight due to the weather delay. These are the challenges golfers are faced with. Go back, eat, sleep, and get back at it as if you never stopped. The reality is, you did stop. Momentum changes, weather changes, and the grind continues. The game plan you had may change. The way you thought the course may play might change. So you adapt, adjust and accept that the course may be different. It is not only a mental grind, put a physical one. Ellie never gives up, she always gives 100 percent and has incredible passion and commitment to this game. I feel for her and know this will hurt for a bit. I want her to know how proud we all are of her and how she has represented herself, her family, friends, Oregon State, and all of those who follow her career.
"To be able to compete in the ANWA takes a lot of hard work and commitment to the game. It is not only playing well in college events, but it means playing well in nationally-ranked events throughout the year. This is the third year playing in the ANWA. Ellie's dedication to the game, her commitment to accomplishing her goals, and her willingness to do what it takes to accomplish them, has helped her reach this competition that many wish to compete in, but haven't done what it takes to get there."
All 72 golfers who were invited to the ANWA will get to play Augusta National for an official practice round on Friday.
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