History Made: Molly Smith is first woman in 114 years to qualify for Massachusetts Am
Molly Smith at the U.S. Women's Four Ball in May (USGA)
Beth Ann Nichols of our partner Golfweek doesn't miss a breaking story. And this week in New England, she reported on a rising star in the women's game who broke the glass ceiling and qualified for the Massachusetts Amateur.
Molly Smith made history in her home state Tuesday.
The rising college freshman shot 1-over 73 at Andover Country Club to qualify for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship. Smith is believed to be the first woman to ever qualify for the championship in its 115-year history.
Tripp Hollister won the qualifier with a 4-under 68. A total of seven players in the field of 83 advanced to the Massachusetts Amateur, which is July 10-14 at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Andover Country Club was played at 6,639 yards.
Last month, the 18-year-old Smith made headlines when she fired a 2-under 70 to miss the cut by a shot at a U.S. Open local qualifier at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Smith, who will compete for Central Florida starting this fall, headed next to Duxbury Yacht Club on Wednesday for a 36-hole U.S. Women’s Open qualifier along with sister Morgan. Molly shot 72 in the first round, while Morgan shot 75.
Note: The following day at Duxbury Yacht Club, Smith just missed advancing to the U.S. Women's Open, posting a very respectable 3-under 141, when 6-under would have captured one of the three available spots. Canadian Amateur Celeste Dao shot rounds of 68-70 to advance to Pebble Beach in July.
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