Han Falls in First Round of Match Play at US Amateur

First Round Match Play scores (USGA)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a roller-coaster ride of a match, Penn sophomore Isabel Han gave top seed Rachel Rohanna all she could handle but ultimately lost to the Ohio State sophomore, 1-up, in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Wednesday at Charlotte Country Club.

Rohanna shot 138 over the two rounds of stroke play Monday and Tuesday, and tied for medalist honors. Han shot 151 andneeded a pair of birdiesTuesdayeveningto survive a six-player playoffand advance to match play. None of that mattered for much of Wednesday's first-round match, though.

Rohanna went 1-up on the second hole, earning par while Han bogeyed, but Han got back to all square with a birdie on No. 3 that beat Rohanna's par. The duo stayed all square through two more holes, and then Han went 2-up with back-to-back pars that bested a pair of bogeys by Rohanna.

The middle holes of this match provided wild drama. Rohanna moved back within 1-up with a par win at No. 8, but Han went back to 2-up with a birdie win on No. 9. Rohanna answered with a birdie win on No. 10, but Han's par bested Rohanna's bogey at No. 11 and moved the Penn sophomore back to 2-up.

The next two holes were critical, though, and while Rohanna earned par on both the par-5 12th and par-4 13th, Han bogeyed both. That put the match at all square with five holes to play. Both players scored par on No. 14 and again on No. 15, but on No. 16 Rohanna scored par while Han recorded a bogey. Rohanna then matched Han's 17th-hole par and 18th-hole bogey to clinch the win.

Han's advancement to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur marked the first time a Penn player had accomplished the feat. She was one of three Penn players to compete in this year's Amateur; recent graduate Meredith Kotowski and incoming freshman Michelle Lee were unable to advance to match play.