Rylee Pedigo during Tuesday play at Brook Hollow Golf Club
DALLAS, TX (July 26, 2016) -- Rylee Pedigo from Fort
Worth won medalist honors Tuesday with a strong 1-
under-par 70 during the 95th WTGA State Amateur
Championship’s Qualifying Round.
Played at historic Brook Hollow Golf Club, the
University of Oklahoma junior rolled in three birdies to
post the lowest score from the field of 88 of the state’s
top amateurs. Pedigo was the only player to post an
under-par score on a sun-splashed day with
temperatures hovering in the high 90s.
“My putting was phenomenal,” Pedigo said with a
huge smile. “I just felt really good. I also hit 15 greens
in regulation. So that helped, too.”
Pedigo came in one stroke better than defending
champion Annika Clark, a TCU sophomore from
Highlands, and Mansfield’s Rachel Smith, a mid-amateur
veteran who has played in the past three U.S. Women’s
Mid-Amateur Championships. The top 32 players on the
leaderboard advanced to the 95th WTGA State
Amateur’s Championship Bracket.
The remainder of the tournament features match
play format. The 56 players who didn’t qualify for the
Championship Bracket were seeded in flights based on
their GHIN Handicap Indexes.
Pedigo came into the state’s oldest and most
prestigious women’s amateur championship riding a
wave of positive vibes. She scored two top-10 finishes
for Oklahoma during 2015-16 season. That included a
runner-up performance at Notre Dame’s Clover Cup in
March, during which she shot 5-under 211 for 54 holes.
She said she was beyond excited to play the tree-lined,
diabolically bunkered Brook Hollow GC. The shot-
maker’s course features receptive and speedy bentgrass
greens and a variety of long and short holes that all
require thoughtful strategy. The par-71 course was
designed in 1920 by A.W. Tillinghast, the same designer
who built New Jersey’s Baltusrol Golf Club, site of this
week’s PGA Championship.
A longtime advocate of amateur golf, Brook Hollow
GC has played host to a record nine Texas Amateur
championships, as well as the 1987 U.S. Mid-Amateur,
the 1928 Southern Amateur and seven Trans-Mississippi
Amateur Championships. Pedigo said she bragged about
her opportunity to play one of the finest old-school
courses in this part of the country to her father Kevin, a
former UNLV golfer and three-time club champion at
Fort Worth’s Mira Vista Country Club.
“I heard this place was killer,” Pedigo said. “When I
told my dad we were playing here, he said, ‘Sometimes
I wish I was a girl.’ I felt like I was on Cloud Nine all day
because this place is in such great condition.”
Clark, last year’s WTGA State Amateur champion
with a 3-and-2 win over Maddy Rayner at Ridgewood CC
in Waco, played consistently during her even-par round
of 71. She said she felt some pressure last month at the
Women’s Stroke Play Championship because most
people recognized her as the reigning WTGA State
“I realized there’s no point in feeling that pressure,”
said Clark, who made one birdie, one bogey and 16
pars. “So I approached this week with a different
mindset. I’m treating it like a clean slate. It’s just
another tournament. On the first few greens I was a
little shaky on speed and line, but it was all right after
Rayner, last year’s runner-up, shot a 3-over 74.
She tied for seventh place and comfortably advanced to
the Championship Bracket.
Smith, who shared Tuesday’s runner-up Qualifying
honors with Clark at even-par 71, made four birdies to
offset as many bogeys. Like Pedigo and Clark, Smith
was pleased with how she performed on the greens.
played at Brook Hollow at a Qualifier for the 2005 U.S.
Girls Junior Amateur and said she remembered the
tricky greens and challenging bunker complexes.
“I’ve been practicing a lot on my chipping and
putting back at my home club, Mansfield National,” said
Smith, who advanced to the third round of match play
at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. “I work in the
tournament office for the Dean & Deluca Invitational at
Colonial. The GM there was really kind to me and let me
play Colonial last week to help me prepare for this
The first round of match play begins Wednesday at
8:00 a.m CDT.
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