Two teenagers who are members at International Country Club in Fairfax and graduates of Oakton High will play for the Virginia Women’s Amateur title Friday. Amanda Steinhagen, 18, who completed her senior year this spring, and Lauren Greenlief, 19, a junior this fall at the University of Virginia, will play for the title at Glenmore Country Club in Keswick.
Steinhagen, the medalist in the qualifying round with a 70 on Tuesday, survived two tough matches Thursday, defeating Cindy Morris (Portsmouth) 1 up in the quarterfinals and 15-year-old Ju-Hee Bae (Fairfax) in the semifinals, 2 and 1.
Greenlief has been lights-out in three match play rounds, firing scores of 2-under-par in each. She dispatched a pair of college players Thursday – William & Mary senior Katie Murphy (Chesapeake), 3 and 2, in the quarterfinals, and South Carolina sophomore Meredith Swanson (Roanoke), 3 and 2, in the semis.
This is the second straight appearance in the finals for Greenlief, who lost in 20 holes last year to Virginia teammate Whitney Neuhauser. Greenlief, who won her second straight Virginia Women’s Stroke Play title last month, is attempting to become the first player in 19 years to win both championships in the same year.