- Chris Keane / USGA photo
, a senior at the University of Texas, finished tied for ninth and earned low amateur honors at the 75th U.S. Women's Open at the Champions Golf Club in Houston.
Papp, an Austin native, fired a 3-over 74 in Monday's final round to complete her week at 3 over par, six shots behind the winner A Lim Kim of Korea. Prior to Monday, she posted scores of 71, 68 and 74 over the first three days of the tournament. With a birdie on the 72nd hole, Papp finished two shots clear of Australia's Gabriela Ruffels
and Sweden's Maja Stark
for low amateur honors.
Papp topped the 24 amateurs that started the tournament, six of whom made the 36-hole cut. Her top-10 finish grants her an exemption into the 2021 U.S. Open.
A star at the collegiate and amateur levels, Papp is a three-time WGCA and Golfweek All-American and has been an ANNIKA Award watch list candidate in each of the past three seasons. She was the 2018 Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year and has been named to the Big 12's All-Tournament Team on two occasions. Papp holds the UT record for career stroke average at 71.91, has carded three of the top-eight single-season stroke averages in program history and posted 19 career top-10 finishes.
Ruffels made a long putt on her final hole to shoot one of the few under-par rounds on the day, a 70, to give her a second top-15 finish in a professional major this year. She finished tied for 15th at the ANA Inspiration earlier this fall.
Stark and her fellow Swedes Linn Grant
and Ingrid Lindblad
all made the cut, as did Pauline Roussin-Bouchard
U.S. Women's Open Amateur Leaderboard
T9 Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, TX, USA 71-68-74-74=287
T13 Gabriela Ruffels, Australia 71-72-76-70=289
T13 Maja Stark, Sweden 70-72-73-74=289
T23 Linn Grant, Sweden 69-69-78-75=291
T30 Ingrid Lindblad, Sweden 72-69-74-77=292
T46 Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, France 70-72-75-78=295
MC Amelia Garvey, New Zealand 70-76=146
MC Rose Zhang, Irvine, CA, USA 73-73=146
MC Agathe Laisne, France 77-70=147
MC Olivia Mehaffey, Ireland 77-72=149
MC Auston Kim, St. Augustine, FL, USA 75-74=149
MC Beatrice Wallin, Sweden 75-75=150
MC Benedetta Moresco, Italy 80-71=151
MC Caterina Don, Italy 77-74=151
MC Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, NC, USA 74-77=151
MC Lucie Malchirand, France 75-76=151
MC Emma Spitz, Austria 75-77=152
MC Angelina (Lei) Ye, China 77-77=154
MC Ho Yu An, Chinese Taipei 78-76=154
MC Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, HI, USA 78-76=154
MC Lily May Humphreys, England 75-81=156
MC Ina Kim-Schaad, New York, NY, USA 73-83=156
Thanks to the University of Texas for information contained in this report.