Derby-Grimes Defeats Shirley At Mid-Amateur
Sept. 22, 2011
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A pair of Tigers met in Virginia Wednesday in the Round of 16 at the United States Women's Mid-Amateur and it came down to the wire. Former Auburn player and head coach Virginia Derby-Grimes defeated current Auburn assistant coach, and former player, Margaret Shirley 2-up to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
Grimes took the lead on the second hole of the match and was up three holes through seven before Shirley mounted her comeback, winning four of the next five holes to take her first lead of the day.
Shirley held the lead through 13 holes, but Derby-Grimes came back with a rally of her own. She squared the match on No. 14 and closed out the victory by winning Nos. 17 and 18.
"I had a spell there," said Derby-Grimes, "and then I gathered myself on the back nine and played well."
Grimes went on to play No. 3 overall seed Tara Joy-Connelly in the quarterfinals, but saw her run end with a 1-up loss.
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