RANCHO MIRAGE, CA (March 29, 2017) --
Professional major championship golf gets
on Thursday with the playing of the ANA
at Mission Hills Country Club and there will be
amateurs in the field.
Originally there were scheduled to be seven
amateurs in the field but Stanford freshman
Albane Valenzuela was forced to withdraw after
an on campus bike accident on March 23rd.
The field of amateurs is once again
World Amateur Golf Rankings No. 2 Hannah O'Sullivan.
Headed to Duke for the fall of 2017, O'Sullivan
be making her second consecutive appearance in
ANA Inspiration after tying for 65th a year ago
and sharing low amateur honors with Valenzuela.
O'Sullivan, the 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur
winner, has also played in the U.S. Women's
(2015; T53), Evian Championship (2015; T50)
Women's British Open (2016; MC).
The final amateur spot in the field this week
went to Lucy Li who qualified over the
weekend in the
ANA Junior Inspiration. Li
beat out 39 other junior
golfers to earn her spot in the field at Mission
For Li, who played in the 2014 U.S.
Open at Pinehurst No. 2, this will be her second
career start in a major tournament.
The Rest of the Amateurs in the Field:
(South Carolina, Sr.)- Set to make her LPGA
debut, Dambaugh was the ANNIKA Award
last year and also an All-SEC first teamer. In
she won the Women's North & South Amateur
and last year she claimed the NCAA Women's
Regional medalist title.
Andrea Lee (Stanford, Fr.)- A
member of the 2016 USA Curtis Cup team, Lee
reached the quarterfinals of last years U.S.
Women's Amateur. During her freshman year
Stanford she has won the Windy City Collegiate
Classic and finished runner-up at the Allstate
Eun Jeong Seong
Korea)- Seong made USGA history last year by
winning the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S.
Junior Championship in the same calendar year.
far in 2017 she has a quarterfinal run to the
Australian Women's Amateur quarterfinals to her
Tavatanakit (Thailand)- The 2016 Rolex
Player of the Year, is committed to UCLA for the
of 2017. She picked up a big win at last seasons
Rolex Tournament of Champions.