Aubert, Valenzuela in top 10 of U.S. Women's Amateur

Shannon Aubert is two strokes off the lead after the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur at the San Diego Country Club. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Shannon Aubert and Albane Valenzuela lead a rather large contingent of Stanford golfers participating in the U.S. Women's Amateur at the San Diego Country Club this week.

Aubert put together a 3-under 69 in Monday's first round, two strokes off the lead, shared by Alabama's Kristen Gilliam and Arizona's Haley Moore.

Shannon Aubert/John Todd photo
The main idea, though, is to qualify for match play, which means finishing among the top 64 following Tuesday's second round. Match play begins Wednesday.

"I was just trying to stay steady because it's a really tough course," Aubert told Vanessa Zink of the USGA. "You can get a lot of bogeys really quickly, so it's just about staying steady and sticking to the game plan. If before I played someone told me, 'you are going to shoot 3 under,' of course I'd take it any day. It's a little disappointing after being 5 under after eight holes to not stay at that, but if I would have known, I'd be stoked about it."

Aubert birdied five of her first eight holes but bogeyed two of her final four.

Valenzuela shot a 2-under 70 and sits in a four-way tie for sixth. Redwood Shores' Lucy Li is among a group of eight tied for 10th.

Valenzuela, ranked third in the world among amateurs, birdied the 18th hole to finish a round that included one bogey and two other birdies.

Stanford sophomore Andrea Lee, ranked sixth among amateurs, fired a 1-over 73 and is in a 27th-place tie.

High school junior Rachael Heck, who has verbally committed to Stanford, is in 45th place after a first-round 74.

Cardinal junior Sierra Kersten shot a 76 and incoming freshman Mika Liu fired a 78, both currently outside the top 64 but both within range.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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