Close Call

Late rally by Virginians results in locals Kaylee Chen and Morgan Miller being ousted at U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

By Gary Baines – 4/22/2022

It’s never over until it’s over. It’s an overused cliché in sports, but it’s often ever so applicable in match play.

Just ask Kaylee Chen of Denver and University of Colorado signee Morgan Miller. They were seemingly en route to victory in Friday’s round-of-32 match at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in Puerto Rico. Then the momentum quickly did a 180 and, before you know it, Chen and Miller’s run at the championship was over.

Kaylee Chen (left) and Morgan Miller.

The teenagers, who were 2 down after 6 holes, led Virginians Sydney Hackett and Melanie Walker 2 up through 15 on Friday. But roughly an hour later, after Hackett and Walker won three of the next four holes, they emerged with a 19-hole victory over Chen and Miller, a couple of past winners of Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado major championships.

On the 19th hole, Chen and Miller made their first bogey since No. 6, and a par there by the Virginians proved decisive. Hackett and Walker won the 16th hole with a birdie, the 18th with a birdie and the 19th with a par.

Chen and Miller (who is headed for New Mexico State), went even par for the 19 holes on Friday. They landed a spot in the Four-Ball Championship after originally being alternates.

Results for teams with strong Colorado ties in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in Puerto Rico. 

MATCH PLAY ROUND OF 32

Sydney Hackett, Melanie Walker, Virginia, def. Kaylee Chen, Denver/Future CU golfer Morgan Miller, 19 holes

STROKE PLAY

Advanced to Match Play

12. Kaylee Chen, Denver/Future CU golfer Morgan Miller 71-68—139

Failed to Advance to Match Play

33. Calli Ringsby/Shannon Aubert 72-70–142

33. Hadley Ashton/Brynn Kort 72-70–142

For all the scores, CLICK HERE.


About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: ColoradoGolfJournal@mac.com)