Malia Stovall

Malia Stovall chips the ball off of the fairway in this file photo from her senior season at Franklin County High School in 2017. Stovall competed in the first round of the match-play bracket at the U.S. Women's Amateur event Wednesday and was eliminated after a close loss to Michaela Morard.

Franklin County High School alumnus Malia Stovall’s run in the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur event came to an end on Wednesday as she was eliminated in the first round of the match-play bracket.

Stovall played well in the opening round of the bracket after surviving the initial round of cuts, but she was eliminated by Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Alabama, on the final hole of the match.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is being held at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. More than 150 golfers from around the world competed in the 2019 edition of the event with only the top 64 moving on to the match-play bracket after two rounds of stroke play.

Stovall got off to a strong start in the head-to-head matchup Wednesday as she won two of the first six holes and split the other four to take an early lead.

However, Morard began to make her move near the end of the front nine as she claimed wins on the eighth, 10th, 12th and 13th holes. Stovall did pick up a victory on the 11th hole, but the wins by Morard on the following two holes put her behind by one.

Stovall wasn’t quite done yet as she tied the match up on the 16th hole with a par.

The match remained tied going into the 18th and final hole of the day, but Morard would win the contest with a par on that hole to eliminate Stovall.