Sierra Brooks (ANWA photo)
Among the 156 women in the field for this week’s U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.), 26 are amateurs. Tee times and pairings have been announced for the tournament, to begin Thursday May 30, and below, we have highlighted pairings that contain the amateurs.
There is perhaps no better one of these, of course, than the one that features Jennifer Kupcho, Maria Fassi and Sierra Brooks. Fassi and Kupcho both ended their college careers at the NCAA Women’s Championship last week. Fassi won the individual title and Kupcho played for the team title along with her Wake Forest team. They lost to Duke in the championship match. Brooks came up four shots short in her quest for the individual title.
Kupcho and Fassi, of course, already have their LPGA cards locked up from last fall's Q-Series and will soon turn professional.
Tee times are listed with first-round time first, followed by second-round time. All times are ET.
7:11 a.m. – 12:56 p.m. – Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz.; Yu Liu, People's Republic of China; (a) Yuka Saso, Philippines
7:22 a.m. – 1:07 p.m. – (a) Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.; Fatima Fernandez Cano, Spain; Jimin Kang, Scottsdale, Ariz.
8:28 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. – (a) Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.; (a) Sierra Brooks, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Maria Fassi, Mexico
8:39 a.m. – 2:24 p.m. – Jennifer Song, Orlando, Fla.; Celine Boutier, France; (a) Leonie Harm, Germany
9:01 a.m. – 2:46 p.m. – Prima Thammaraks, Thailand; Maria Torres, Puerto Rico; (a) Karoline Stormo, Norway
7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C.; Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J.; (a) Jiwon Jeon, Republic of Korea
7:11 a.m. – 12:56 p.m. – Supmas Sangchan, Thailand; Hayley Davis, England; (a) Ty Akabane, Danville, Calif.
7:22 a.m. – 1:07 p.m. – (a) Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Caroline Masson, Germany; Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif.
7:33 a.m. – 1:18 p.m. – Brittany Altomare, Tampa, Fla.; (a) Shannon Johnson, Norton, Mass.; Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.
7:55 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Jenny Shin, Las Vegas, Nev.; (a) Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand; Anne Van Dam, Netherlands
8:50 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. – TBD Player 70,; Saranporn Langkulgasettrin, Thailand; (a) Gabriela Ruffels, Australia
9:12 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. – (a) Amanda Hollandsworth, Floyd, Va.; Babe Liu, Chinese Taipei; Charlotte Thomas, England
12:56 p.m. – 7:11 a.m. – Chella Choi, Republic of Korea; (a) Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas; Jeongeun Lee, Republic of Korea
1:07 p.m. – 7:22 a.m. – Hannah Green, Australia; Heather Young, Fort Worth, Texas; (a) Albane Valenzuela, Stanford, Calif.
2:24 p.m. – 8:39 a.m. – Wichanee Meechai, Thailand; Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa; (a) Yuri Yoshida, Japan
2:46 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. – (a) Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif.; TBD Player 113; Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand
2:57 p.m. – 9:12 a.m. – Megan Osland, Canada; (a) Megha Ganne, Holmdel, N.J.; (a) Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill.
12:56 p.m. – 7:11 a.m. – Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Monaco; (a) Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C.; Delfina Acosta, Argentina
1:07 p.m. – 7:22 a.m. – Haruka Amamoto, Japan; (a) Celeste Dao, Canada; TBD Player 126
2:13 p.m. – 8:28 a.m. – Suzuka Yamaguchi, Japan; Eri Okayama, Japan; (a) Nanako Ueno, Japan
2:24 p.m. – 8:39 a.m. – Yan Liu, People's Republic of China; Jihyun Kim, Republic of Korea; (a) Dasom Ma, Republic of Korea
2:35 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – (a) Reagan Zibilski, Springfield, Mo.; (a) Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif.; Amy
Ruengmateekhun, Garland, Texas
2:46 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. – (a) Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jiyu Jung, Republic of Korea; Olafia Kristinsdottir, Iceland
2:57 p.m. – 9:12 a.m. – Rachel Rohanna, Marianna, Pa.; (a) Auston Kim, St. Augustine, Fla.; Wei-Ling Hsu, Chinese Taipei