FINAL: U.S. Women's Open Qualifying Roundup
18 May 2018
by Chris Brauner of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifying, Various sites across the United States

VARIOUS SITES, USA (May 4, 2018) - U.S. Women's Open qualifying has been completed, as golfers from across the country and around the world tried to punch their ticket to the 73rd U.S. Women's Open Championship in June at Shoal Creek Country Club in Shoal Creek, Alabama.

Nearly 2000 professional and amateur golfers competed across 21 sectional qualifying sites in the U.S., with additional sites in England, Japan, Korea, and China.

Highlights from qualifying include:

May 2

Olivia Cason
Olivia Cason
University of Louisville junior Olivia Cason (Owensboro, KY) took the only qualifying spot at the Indiana, PA qualifier, shooting 143 and winning by 6 shots.

Dallas Baptist sophomore Evelyn Arguelles (Mexico), the day after being named the Heartland Conference's Women's Golf Player of the Year, won a three-way playoff for the final qualifying spot at the Summit, NJ qualifier.

May 3

UCLA freshman Patty Tavatanakit (Thailand), coming off a win at the Pac-12 Championship, shot 72-68 at Industry Hills GC to earn medalist honors at the Industry Hills, CA qualifier. High schooler Elizabeth Wang (San Marino, CA) took the other qualifying spot with rounds of 72-69.

May 7

Yujeong Son
Yujeong Son
17-year-old Yujeong Son (Norman, OK), winner of this year's Harder Hall Invitational as well as back-to-back Dixie Amateurs in 2016 and 2017, was the co-medalist at the Elgin, IL qualifier with rounds of 67-73 (-4) at Elgin Country Club.

May 14

Iowa State senior Celia Barquin Arozamena (Spain) shot a 78 in the first round of the qualifier at Stillwater (Minn.) Country Club, and then called her mother between rounds for a pep talk. It worked, as she came back out in the afternoon with a course-record 66 to get her into a playoff for the final spot. One the first playoff hole she made birdie and punched her ticket to Shoal Creek.

University of Colorado sophomore Robyn Choi (Australia) medaled by four shots at the Westminster, CO qualifier, shooting rounds of 66-70 (-6). University of Georgia junior Jillian Hollis took the other qualifying spot with rounds of 69-71 (-2).

16-year-old Lei Ye of China shot rounds of 71-64 (-9), making birdies on 7 of her last 10 holes, to advance from the Sarasota, FL qualifier at TPC Prestancia.

Duke University commit Gina Kim shot rounds of 67-71 (-6) at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA to qualify by one shot.

Linn Grant
Linn Grant (Ladies European Tour photo)
In the only qualifier held in England, Sweden's Linn Grant put in a dominating performance. The 18-year-old winner of last year's Ladies British Stroke Play and the Scottish Ladies Open Amateur shot rounds of 67-70 (-7) to medal by seven shots over 2019 Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew. After the qualifier, Grant had to rush home to take a math exam at 8am the next morning.

University of Idaho junior Sophie Hausmann of Germany shot 69-75 (E) to take one of two available spots at Rainier Golf & Country Club in Seattle, WA.

Kristen Gillman Maria Fassi
Kristen Gillman
Maria Fassi
University of Alabama sophomore Kristen Gillman was the medalist at Deerwood Golf Club in Kingwood, TX, shooting rounds of 70-70 (-4) and clearing the field by three shots. University of Arkansas junior Maria Fassi of Mexico, winner of five tournaments this year including last week's NCAA Regional, took the other spot with rounds of 69-74 (-1).

Fassi's teammates at Arkansas, juniors Dylan Kim and Kaylee Benton, shared medalist honors at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, TX. Kim had rounds of 70-68 (-4) and Benton shot 68-70 to take the only two available spots.

Lucy Li Allisen Corpuz
Lucy Li
Allisen Corpuz
Amateurs took both spots at the Pleasant Hill, CA qualifier. Lucy Li, who in 2014 became the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at the age of 11, returns to the championship after rounds of 70-70 (-4) at Contra Costa Country Club. USC sophomore Allisen Corpuz was the other co-medalist, shooting 69-71. Interestingly, Corpuz and Li were the two youngest players ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Public Links; Corpuz at 10 years, 3 months old in 2008 and Li at 10 years, 8 months old in 2013.

May 16

Celeste Dao
Celeste Dao
Celeste Dao, a 17-year old Canadian junior who traveled over 3000 miles from the west coast of Canada to play at Cape Cod National in Brewster, MA, shot rounds of 71-69 (-4) to medal by four shots. “It’s just amazing,” said Dao to the Massachusetts Golf Association. “[It’s been my goal] since I was a little girl to play with the pros, and now it’s going to happen in two weeks.”

May 17

17-year-old Dana Williams of Boca Raton, FL will be playing in the U.S. Women's Open for the second year in a row after taking one of two spots at the Delray Beach, FL qualifier. Williams shot rounds of 75-73 (+4) in wet weather at Seagate Country Club.

Results For U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifying
MedalistOKYujeong SonNorman, OK500
MedalistThailandPatty TavatanakitThailand500
MedalistKYOlivia CasonOwensboro, KY500
MedalistAustraliaRobyn ChoiAustralia500
MedalistSwedenLinn GrantSweden500

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36 hole stroke play qualifying held at sites across the United States with a handful of international sites. Handicap limit of 2.4 for amateurs.

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