Archmere's Phoebe Brinker walks towards the 17th hole after making a birdie putt

Archmere's Phoebe Brinker walks towards the 17th hole after making a birdie putt

Archmere senior Phoebe Brinker parred the 17th hole to take the lead and defeat Columbia's Valery Plata 1-up in the opening match-play round of the 2019 United States Girls' Junior Golf Championship in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

The re-match of last year's opening round pairing, won by Plata, was tight throughout, with the golfers alternating leads on the front-nine, but neither taking more than a one-hole lead in the match-play event.

Plata took the lead with a birdie at the par-4 11th hole, only to have Brinker strike back on the 12th winning with a par.

They would remain level until the 17th, when Plata's bogey gave Brinker the lead, and a par on 18th was enough to send Brinker into Thursday's second round. it was a reversal from last year, when Plata won the 18th hole to claim a 2-up victory in a match Brinker never led.

Brinker will face the tournament's top seed, Yuka Saso of the Phillippines, at 7 a.m. Thursday in the second round. Saso defeated California's Kaylee Sakoda 6 and 4 in the 1 vs. 64 game.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).