SAN MARTIN (July 10, 2016) -- It was a disappointing year for the amateurs at the U.S. Women's Open. Despite 26 amateurs qualifying for the 2016 edition played at CordeValle Golf Club just three --Hye-Jin Choi, Hannah O'Sullivan and Albane Valenzuela-- made the cut. It was the fewest number of amateurs to make it to the weekend since 2012 when only three made it as well.
Three times in the previous five U.S. Women's Open seven players have made the cut; 2011, 2013 and 2014. The only other year where less than seven players made the cut was last year when five moved on to the weekend.
Amateurs have also had some highlight finishes in recent years. In 2011 So-Yeon Ryu won the event in a playoff, while in 2014 Stephanie Meadow finished third and only three shots behind winner Michelle Wie.
This year South Korean Hye-Jin Choi earned amateur medalist honors. Choi finished 4-over and in a tie for 38th. The four day scorecard for Choi was 72-71-75-74. On Sunday Choi, carded one birdie and three bogeys.
Switzerland's Albane Valenzuela tied for 67th after struggling in the final round. Valenzuela ended her week 15-over. She did have two bright spots during the final round as she carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6.
The final amateur to make the cut was American Hannah O'Sullivan, who completed play tied for 69th. O'Sullivan played solidly on the last day as she posted 4-over 76 to finish 17-over. This marked the second straight year that O'Sullivan has made the cut at the U.S Women's Open.