75 players advance to Pinehurst No. 2
The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced Wednesday that 75 players have advanced through sectional qualifying and will compete in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be conducted June 19-22 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s Course No. 2 in Pinehurst.
The U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4.
Lucy Li, of Redwood Shores, Calif., the 11-year-old who earned medalist honors at the Half Moon Bay (Calif.) Golf Links, is the youngest competitor in the championship. She will surpass Lexi Thompson as the youngest qualifier in championship history.
Li will be 11 years, 8 months and 19 days old when she begins the championship on June 19. Thompson was 12 years, 4 months and 18 days old when she competed in the 2007 Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines.
Although Li is the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, she will not be the youngest to ever compete in the championship. Beverly Klass played in the 1967 U.S. Women’s Open at Virginia Hot Springs Golf and Tennis Club in Hot Springs, Va., at 10 years, 7 months and 21 days old. Sectional qualifying was introduced in 1976.
Nineteen teenagers advanced through sectional qualifying this year. Minjee Lee, 18, of Australia, who won the 2012 U.S. Girls Junior Championship, is No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Other teenagers to qualify are: Narangyi Bae, 14; Mathilda Cappeliez, 16; Yueer Cindy Feng, 18; Jordan Ferreira, 19; Samantha Gotcher, 19; Chisato Hashimoto, 16; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 16; Weiling Hsu, 19; Madison Kerley, 16; Megan Khang, 16; Andrea Lee, 15; Paige Lee, 19; Hannah Pietila, 18; Jessica Porvasnik, 18; Kathleen Scavo, 16; Yuting Shi, 16; Sierra Sims, 18; and Bailey Tardy, 17. They join three teenagers who were already fully exempt into the championship: Moriya Jutanugarn, 19; Lydia Ko, 17; and Thompson, 19. Four past USGA champions advanced through sectional qualifying. In addition to Minjee Lee, Laura Davies (1987 U.S. Women’s Open), Brianna Do (2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links) and Jennifer Song (2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur, 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links) will compete at Pinehurst. At age 50, Davies is the oldest player to advance through sectional qualifying and the second-oldest player in the championship, three years younger than Juli Inkster.
Exempt player Sun-Ju Ahn has withdrawn from the championship and been replaced by Sierra Sims (first alternate from The Woodlands, Texas qualifier). So-Young Lee, who advanced through the Korea qualifier, has withdrawn. Hee Kyung Bae, that site’s first alternate, will replace her. Four spots that had been reserved for possible exemptions have been released back to the qualifying field. Alternates Stephanie Meadow (Beaumont, Calif. qualifier), Ashleigh Simon (Carrollton, Texas qualifier), Sarah-Jane Smith (Manakin-Sabot, Va. qualifier) and Kelly Tan (Dunwoody, Ga. qualifier) have been added to the Women’s Open field.
Seventy-nine players are exempt into the championship’s 156-player field. A player can still earn an exemption by winning this weekend’s Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, the final LPGA event before the U.S. Women’s Open. Additionally, those who are among the top 25 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of June 16 will earn an exemption, provided they were not previously exempt.
A list of the sectional qualifiers for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, including qualifying sites and scores:
(a) – amateur
Honors Golf Club, Carrollton, Texas - May 5
Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. – 138 Maria Hernandez, Spain – 139 Belen Mozo, Spain – 140 Katie Burnett, Brunswick, Ga. – 141 Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas – 141 Ashleigh Simon, South Africa – 142
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii - May 12
Xyra Suyetsugu, Honolulu, Hawaii – 145
Butler Country Club, Butler, Pa. - May 12
(a) Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. – 145 (a) Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio – 146 Jennifer Song, Ann Arbor, Mich. – 148
Oak Valley Golf Course, Beaumont, Calif. - May 14
(a) Marissa Chow, Honolulu, Hawaii – 147 Tzu-Chi Lin, Chinese Taipei – 150 (a) Stephanie Meadow, Northern Ireland – 152
The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo. - May 14
(a) Celine Boutier, France – 142 (a) Janie Jackson, Huntsville, Ala. – 144
Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Old Club), Half Moon Bay, Calif. - May 19
(a) Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. – 142 (a) Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. – 149 (a) Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. – 150
CGA Nanshan International Training Center (Garden Course), Shandong, China - May 19
So-Young Jang, Republic of Korea – 144 (a) Yuting Shi, People’s Republic of China – 147
Buckinghamshire Golf Course, Buckinghamshire, England - May 19
Amy Boulden, Wales – 142 Kelsey MacDonald, Scotland – 143 Nicole Garcia, South Africa – 143 Stephanie Na, Australia – 144 Nikki Campbell, Australia – 144 Lucy Williams, England – 144 Rebecca Hudson, England – 144 Holly Clyburn, England – 144
Dunwoody Country Club, Dunwoody, Ga. - May 19
Erica Popson, Davenport, Fla. – 147 Brooke Pancake, Chattanooga, Tenn. – 148 Jessica Wallace, Canada – 148 Kelly Tan, Malaysia – 149
Indian Hill Club, Winnetka, Ill. - May 19
(a) Hannah Pietila, Brighton, Mich. – 146 (a) Elizabeth Tong, Canada – 148
Higashi Nagoya Country Club, Aichi Prefecture, Japan - May 19
Misuzu Narita, Japan – 140 Ayaka Watanabe, Japan – 141 Lala Anai, Japan – 141 Eri Joma, Japan – 141 (a) Chisato Hashimoto, Japan – 141
Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, Chungnam, South Korea - May 19
(a) Narangyi Bae, Republic of Korea – 142 Hee Kyung Bae, Republic of Korea – 146
North Oaks Country Club, North Oaks, Minn. - May 19
(a) Minjee Lee, Australia – 140
Hermitage Country Club, Manakin-Sabot, Va. - May 19
(a) Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada – 140 Kris Tamulis, Naples, Fla. – 141 Sue Kim, Canada – 142 Kristy McPherson, Tampa, Fla. – 144 Dori Carter, Valdosta, Ga. – 145 Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Canada – 145 Sarah-Jane Smith, Australia – 145
Lake Forest Golf and Country Club, St. Louis, Mo. - May 20
Jasi Acharya, Columbus, Mont. – 145 (a) Samantha Gotcher, Clarksville, Tenn. – 148
The Woodlands Country Club (Player Course), The Woodlands, Texas - May 20
Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio – 146 Ashley Knoll, Shenandoah, Texas – 148 (a) Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas – 151
Rainier Golf and Country Club, Seattle, Wash. - May 20
(a) Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash. – 147 Carleigh Silvers, Greeley, Colo. – 150
Rumson Country Club, Rumson, N.J. - May 21
Catherine O’Donnell, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – 144 Laura Davies, England – 147
Industry Hills Golf Club, City of Industry, Calif. - May 27
(a) Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. – 138 Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. – 142
Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, Mass. - May 27
Caroline Powers, Bowling Green, Ohio – 136 (a) Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. – 140
Country Club at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz. - May 28 Sadena Parks, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 137 Cheyenne Woods, Phoenix, Ariz. – 141 (a) Madison Kerley, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 141
The Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Bradenton, Fla. - May 28-29
Yueer Cindy Feng, People’s Republic of China – 135 Sandra Changkija, Orlando, Fla. – 139 Paula Hurtado, Colombia – 142
Carolina Trace Country Club (Lake Course), Sanford - May 29
Stacey Keating, Australia – 140 Marta Silva, Spain – 141 Wei-Ling Hsu, Chinese Taipei – 143 (a) Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. – 144
Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach, Fla. - May 30
(a) Mathilda Cappeliez, France – 138 (a) Emily Penttila, Finland – 141 Karlin Beck, Montgomery, Ala. – 141