For the third time in its six-year history, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will be played in Florida. The 2020 tournament will take place at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., on April 25-29.
Qualifying is ongoing at 29 sites around the country.
Highlights from qualifying include:
University of Georgia teammates Jenny Bae and Jo Hua Hung won the Dickson, Tenn. qualifier by six shots, blitzing the field at GreyStone GC.
Qualifiers: Jenny Bae (Lawrenceville, Ga.) & Jo Hua Hung (Athens, Ga.) 66
At Gus Wortham Golf Course in Houston, Remington Isaac & Texas State commit Halle Whitney medaled by three shots with a 66. Reagan Gray and Elina Sinz, committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Auburn, respectively, punched their ticket to the championship by winning a four-team playoff.
Qualifiers: Remington Isaac (Montgomery, Texas) & Halle Whitney (Magnolia, Texas) 66, Reagan Gray (Missouri City, Texas) & Elina Sinz (Katy, Texas) 69
The team of Huai-Chien Hsu and Chun-Wei Wu, both from Chinese Taipei, earned medalist honors over the team of high school twins, Janae and Jasmine Leovao from Oceanside, Calif.
Qualifiers: Huai-Chien Hsu (Chinese Taipei) & Chun-Wei Wu (Chinese Taipei) 65, Janae Leovao (Oceanside, Calif.) & Jasmine Leovao (Oceanside, Calif.) 66
For the second straight year, teenagers Abbey Schutte and Kendall Todd are heading to the championship, after shooting a 62 at Pebblecreek Golf Resort in Goodyear, Arizona. The local products made match play last year at the ages of 14 and 16. Abbey Schutte is the oldest daughter of 1992 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Warren Schutte.
Qualifiers: Abbey Schutte (Goodyear, Ariz.) & Kendall Todd (Goodyear, Ariz.) 62, Kailini Deedon (Mesa, Ariz.) & Gracie McGovern (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 63, Mattison Frick (Peoria, Ariz.) & Carolyn Fuller (Phoenix, Ariz.) 64
Leigh Chien and Jennifer Cai
Five teams advanced from the Murrieta, Calif. qualifier, led by the Irvine teenage duo of Jennifer Cai and Leigh Chien with a 2-under 70 at Bear Creek Golf Club. The final two teams advanced through a 3-for-2 playoff.
Qualifiers: Jennifer Cai (Irvine, Calif.) & Leigh Chien (Irvine, Calif.) 70, Vanessa Ho (San Diego, Calif.) & Karen Tsuru (Carlsbad, Calif.) 71, Cameron Lee (Tustin, Calif.) & Sabrina Li (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) 72, Anna Davis (Spring Valley, Calif.) & Lucy Yuan (San Diego, Calif.) 73, Lauren Gomez (San Diego, Calif.) & Olivia Yun (Carlsbad, Calif.) 73
Mid-amateurs Marissa Mar (San Francisco, Calif.) and Lila Thomas (Dallas, Texas) shot a 3-under 68 at Mira Vista CC in Forth Worth, Texas to earn medalist honors. Both Mar and Thomas made match play at last year's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur and Mar made the semifinals in 2017. The two other qualifying teams were each comprised of members representing Dallas Baptist University.
Qualifiers: Marissa Mar (San Francisco, Calif.) and Lila Thomas (Dallas, Texas) 68, Addison Mitchell (Temple, Texas) and Julia Garcia (Fort Smith, Ark.) 69, Evelyn Arguelles (Mexico) and Hanna Harrison (Plano, Texas) 70
BYU teammates Annick Haczkiewicz and Allysha Mae Mateo shot a 66 at Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah to clear the field by 5 shots.
Qualifiers: Annick Haczkiewicz (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Allysha Mae Mateo (Mililani, Haw.) 66
Florida State commit Taylor Roberts teamed up with fellow Floridian and Notre Dame commit Chloe Schiavone to earn co-medalist honors at Columbia (S.C.) Country Club. The pair shot a 5-under 67 to tie another team of highly-regarded juniors, Duke commit Phoebe Brinker and University of Florida commit Maisie Filler.
Qualifiers: Taylor Roberts (Parkland, Fla.) & Chloe Schiavone (Jacksonville, Fla.) 67, Phoebe Brinker (Wilmington, Del.) & Maisie Filler (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) 67
Tennessee junior standout Kynadie Adams
can add another USGA start to her resume next spring now that she has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Breyana Matthews of Scottsdale, Ariz. Adams also played the Four-Ball a year ago, advancing to the first round of match play with partner Rachel Kuehn, who is now in her freshman season at Wake Forest.
Qualifiers: Kynadie Adams (Nashville) & Breyana Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 68
CC of Petersburg (Va.)
Qualifiers: Luisamariana Mesones Goray (Peru) & Lisa Marie Rudometkin (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) 69
Two formidable teams emerged from qualifier at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore. Oregonians Amanda Jacobs
and Gretchen Johnson
, two U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur veterans, took the top qualifying spot with a 68. Johnson is the reigning Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and also defeated Jacobs in the final match of the PNGA Women’s Mid-Am to win that title in July.
Behind Jacobs and Johnson, two-time defending U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur champion Lara Tennant
combined with seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port
to take the second qualifying spot.
Qualifiers: Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) & Gretchen Johnson (Portland, Ore.) 68; Ellen Port (St. Louis) & Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.) 69
Beaver Creek Golf Course in Zachary, La.
Qualifiers: Haydyn Gibson (New Orleans) & Jennifer Rosenberg (New Orleans)64
Sisters Molly and Morgan Smith, who play out of Vesper Country Club in Westford, Mass., have built a reputation as some of the strongest competitors in the Bay State despite being only 14 and 15, respectively. At Franklin (Mass.) Country Club, they earned medalist honors by coming in ahead of 12 other teams in the Women’s Four-Ball qualifier.
“To go out there and qualify, it’s really incredible,” said Molly, a sophomore at Westford Academy. “But to be medalists is like, really cool.”
The Smiths carded a 3-under 68 to best the field by two strokes. Molly, a freshman at Westford Academy, carried the pair on the back nine, making birdie on the 16th and 17th and shooting par on 18 to close out their victory.
Their parents, Phil and Lynn Smith, were alongside to caddie. Phil Smith won the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur in 2007.
The Smith sisters aren’t the youngest qualifiers in the brief history of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, which began in 2015, as several 11- and 12-years-olds have competed. However, if the Smiths won, they’d be the youngest champions in the history of the event.
“The goal is to make it through to match play,” Molly said. “I think we can do it.”
Information from Massachusetts Golf Association used in this report
The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.
Qualifiers: Melanie Green (Medina, N.Y.) & Bailey Shoemaker (West Edmeston, N.Y.)
Any team who looks across the bracket and sees two USGA champions staring back should feel nervous. That will be the case concerning the team of Kelsey Chugg
and Julia Potter-Bobb
, who have three U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles between them. The two combined for a 68 at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, Ill., to take the first of two qualifying spots.
Qualifiers: Kelsey Chugg (Salt Lake City, Utah) & Julia Potter-Bobb (Indianapolis, Ind.) 68; Sarah Beqaj (Canada) & Britta Snyder (Ames, Iowa) 69
Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico
Qualifiers: Alexa Saldana (Mexico) & Vania Simont (Mexico) 64
Laurel Springs GC in Suwanee, Ga.
Qualifiers: Wyndom Burnett (Citrus Springs, Fla.) & Juliana Camargo (Colombia) 66; Rachel Burrell (Suwanee, Ga.) & Avery Cline (Suwanee, Ga.) 67
The Ranch CC, Westminster, Colo
Qualifiers: Charlotte Hillary (Englewood, Colo.) & Hailey Schalk (Erie, Colo.) 65; Tiffany Maurycy (Denver) & Holly Schaefer (Greenwood Village, Colo.) 67
, the most recently crowned USGA champion, has booked her ticket into another USGA championship. Kim-Schaad, who won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur last month, joined forces with Tara Fleming
for a 68 at Suffield (Conn.) Country Club to take the only qualifying spot.
Qualifiers: Tara Fleming (Jersey City, N.J.) & Ina Kim-Schaad (New York, N.Y.) 68
Speaking of U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur winner, four-time champion Meghan Stasi
also secured another trip to the Women’s Four-Ball, and with a very familiar partner. Stasi and Dawn Woodard
have played this event together every year since the inaugural tournament in 2015. They combined for a 69 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Stillwater, Minn., that earned them the only qualifying spot at the site.
Qualifiers: Meghan Stasi (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) & Dawn Woodard (Greenville, S.C.) 69
A pair of women’s golf veterans led the way at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, N.C. Tara Joy-Connelly
, who has played more than 30 USGA championships, paired with Courtney McKim
, a lifelong amateur who was a member of the Alabama team that won the 2012 NCAA Women’s Championship, combined for a 67 that left them with medalist honors.
Qualifiers: Tara Joy-Connelly (Vero Beach, Fla.) & Courtney McKim (Raleigh, N.C.) 67; Sarah Kahn (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) & Samantha Vodry (Little Elm, Texas) 68
isn’t likely to be replaced in U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball lore anytime soon, what with her name down alongside Aneka Seumanutafa’s for the record 12-under 60 they recorded in the opening round of last spring’s Four-Ball. The pair broke the championship record by four shots with that round.
Choi has qualified for the 2020 Women’s Four-Ball, even though she did it alongside a different partner. This time, Choi combined with another Maryland native, Bailey Davis
, for a 66 that left them tied for medalist honors.
They were able to hold off USGA veterans Katie Miller and Lauren Greenlief (a former U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur winner) for one of two qualifying spots out of Lehigh Country Club in Allentown, Pa.
Qualifiers: Michelle Cox (Allentown, Pa.) & Haley Quickel (Middletown, Del.) 66; Faith Choi (Frederick, Md.) & Bailey Davis (White Plains, Md.) 66
Kaitlyn Schroeder, winner of the Florida Girls Junior and a high school freshman, partnered with Lauren Clark at Vinoy Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., to take one of four available qualifying spots. The two teens tied USF players Ramya Meenakshisundaram
and Jessica Whitting
at 67 for co-medalist honors.
Turlock (Calif.) G&CC
Qualifiers: Jacqueline Bendrick (Mercer Island, Wash.) & Reona Hirai (Sacramento, Calif.) 68; Kirstin Angosta (Henderson, Nev.) & Ellie Bushnell (Granite Bay, Calif.) 68; Abigail Leighton (Santa Rosa Calif.) & Ellie Sand (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) 69
At Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., the former U.S. Open venue, it took a round of 76 to advance with the one spot in the championship. That went to junior golfers Anastacia Johnson and Emersyn Walker, but junior golfers.
Qualifiers: Anastacia Johnson (Tacoma, Wash.), & Emersyn Walker (Dupont, Wash.) 76
Kenwood CC (Kenview Course) in Cincinnati Ohio
Qualifiers: Molly Bebelaar (Louisville, Ky.) & Lizzie Loy (Jameston, Ky.) 66; Kary Hollenbaugh (New Albany, Ohio) & Anna Ritter (New Albany, Ohio) 70
University of Tulsa teammates Haley Greb
and Tsai-Ching Tseng took the only qualifying spot at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club with their red-hot round of 62. Interestingly, the pair had to beat a pair of teammates in Taylor Dobson and Lilly Thomas (who had 68) as well as their coach Annie Young and her teammate Michaela Dierinzo, who also had 68. Young is a former USGA champion herself, having won the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in Sunriver, Ore.
Qualifiers: Haley Greb (Pendleton, Ore.) & Tsai-Ching Tseng (Taiwan) 62
Hillcrest CC in Indianapolis, Ind.
Qualifiers: Kayla Benge (Plainfeld, Ind.) & Jocelyn Bruch (Carmel, Ind.) 67
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