Past champ Annika Clark medals at Texas Women's Amateur
Medalist Annika Clark <br>(TXGA Photo)
Medalist Annika Clark
(TXGA Photo)

BRYAN, TX (July 18, 2017) - TCU junior Annika Clark birdied half of her final six holes Tuesday during the Qualifying Round of the 96th Texas Women's State Amateur Championship at Traditions Club. The Highlands native finished at 3-under-par 69 to earn Medalist honors.

Already a TGA Major Champion, Clark won the 94th playing of the WTGA State Amateur in 2015 at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco. Sharp with her irons and wielding a hot putter, Clark put herself in good position again with a five-birdie day. Along with the Medalist honors comes the No. 1 overall seed for the 32-player match play bracket, which will be contested throughout the remainder of the week.

“I was pretty solid all the way around today,” said Clark, who recorded two top-10s for TCU last season. “I made quite a few birdies. The whole day I was just making some really good putts. I had four feet pretty much all day for par, so it just felt really solid.”

Clark won the Qualifying Round by three shots over Oklahoma State senior Maddie McCrary from Wylie, Bowling Green junior Erin Fahey from Austin and University of Houston junior Allie Anderson from The Woodlands. McCrary, Fahey and Anderson each shot even-par rounds of 72 on the demanding Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II-designed golf course perched about a 3-wood from the Texas A&M campus.

Five players tied for fifth place at 1-over 73. Among them are UH senior Megan Thothong, the Dallas native who won the 2015 Women’s Stroke Play Championship and The Woodlands’ Brooke McDougald, a junior at TCU and teammate of Clark’s. Also sharing fifth place are Victoria’s Chloe Velasco, a Texas A&M junior and one of three Aggies playing on home soil this week, Orange’s Lauren Cox, a junior at North Texas, and Lauren Comegys, a James Madison University sophomore from Austin.

The 88-player field faced hot and humid conditions Tuesday. By 10 a.m., the temperature already was north of 95 degrees. In the late afternoon as players finished their rounds, the mercury touched 97 with a heat index of 106.

Julie Lucio was the Junior Medalist at 5-over 77. The senior at Rancho Viejo High School was a three-time winner this year on in Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf events. She finished tied for 23rd place, earning a spot in the Championship Flight match play bracket.

Leslie Henry from Ennis shared the Senior Medalist honors with Kelley Nittoli from San Antonio. They each shot 10-over 82 and tied for 40th place overall.

Thirty-two players advanced to the Championship Flight for match play. The remaining players are placed into flights according to their GHIN Handicap Index.

Clark said she didn’t plan on making too many strategic adjustments as match play ensues Wednesday morning.

“There are a couple holes out there I might approach differently,” she said. “There’s a hole out there where you can take driver towards the green, and I think may do that. Other than that, I had a pretty aggressive mindset out there today. I’ll keep that going into match play and be really aggressive on the birdie putts.”

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ABOUT THE Women's Texas Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to female amateur golfers with a certified GHIN Handicap index.

Player Field: Lowest handicap indexes in multiples of 8 with a maximum of 88 players. In the event the championship becomes over-subscribed, entries will be accepted in order of handicap index.

Format: The starting field will consist of 88 total players. The 32 players with the lowest qualifying scores will fill the championship flight and contend for the championship title. The qualifying round is optional for all but the players with the 32 lowest handicap indexes on the date the entries close. The 16 players eliminated in the first round of the championship flight match play may participate in an 18-hole stroke play consolation round. The remaining players will be flighted into seven flights of eight based on handicap indexes. The four players eliminated in the first round of flight matches will proceed to a consolation match play bracket for each flight.

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