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August 9, 2011

Adell Shoots 85 in Opening Round of U.S. Women's Amateur, Then Withdraws

BARRINGTON, R.I. -- Cal Poly sophomore-to-be golfer Asia Adell carded a 14-over-par 85 and is well off the pace following the opening round of stroke-play qualifying in the 111th U.S. Women's Amateur on Monday at the 6,399-yard, par-71 Rhode Island Country Club.

After the round, she withdrew from the tournament due to a severe right oblique abdominal strain, incurred on the third hole.

"I am extremely disappointed, sad, angry, and essentially still in shock about the whole situation," said Adell. "I have never been injured before and ultimately had taken my good health for granted.

"But what hurts the most is that I was so ready for this event, so prepared, and so on top of my game," she added. "I was confident that I had the skills to go all the way. Things like this make you step back and reevaluate things. Still I don't know why this had to happen to me, but the only thing I can do now is rest and take one day at a time."

The U.S. Women's Amateur marks the first time Adell has played in a championship conducted by the United States Golf Association.

Adell, a 2010 graduate of Clovis West High School, carded seven pars, nine bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey in her morning round. She was one-over-par through the first seven holes before going 13-over-par the rest of the way.

The course received more than an inch of rainfall on Sunday, but the layout on Narragansett Bay had drained surprisingly well, although a few wet areas were in the rough.

After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, the low 64 players will advance to match play beginning Wednesday. The championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole final on Sunday.

Adell qualified for the national event by finishing in the top eight at a qualifying tournament July 11 at the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks.

Adell averaged 78.1 strokes over 26 rounds in her freshman season at Cal Poly, recording four top-10 finishes.