U.S. Women's Open qualifying results
Friday, June 12, 2009
ORMAND BEACH, Fla. – Alexis Thompson is heading to her third U.S. Women’s Open. The 14-year-old shot 4-under 140 at Plantation Bay Country Club to top the field. Thompson, the No. 1 junior in the Golfweek rankings, will be joined by Victoria Tanco, 15, who is ranked No. 5. Recent high school graduates Lindy Duncan (No. 9) and Michele Shin (No. 63) also qualified.
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WILMETTE, Ill. – A day after winning the Duramed Futures Tour Championship, Mina Harigae topped former Duke teammate Amanda Blumenherst to win the qualifier at Westmoreland Country Club. Harigae, who left Duke after the fall semester to turn professional, finished at 5-under 139. Blumenherst graduated from Duke in May as a three-time college player of the year.
Among the 23 players that advanced were former Arizona star Alison Walshe, former Auburn star Nicole Hage, Golfweek’s former top-ranked junior Esther Choe, and 2007 NCAA champ Dewi Schreefel.
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Kimberly Kim, the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur champ, breezed through sectional qualifying at Pasatiempo Golf Club, finishing first at 1-under 143. She was one of 11 qualifiers, 10 of which are amateurs. Golfweek’s College Player of the Year Jennifer Song, a soon-to-be sophomore at USC, finished second.
Also advancing: 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior champ Kristen Park, Alice Kim, Tiffany Lua and lone professional Caryn Wilson.
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NESHANIC STATION, N.J. – Brittany Altomare, 18, led qualifying at Neshanic Valley Golf Course. The 2006 Junior PGA champ shot 2-over 146. She will attend Virginia in the fall. Also advancing were Nannette Hill, who just completed her senior year at Wake Forest, Heather Daly-Donofrio and Vanderbilt rising sophomore Marina Alex.
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BRYAN, TEXAS – Meghan Stasi, 31, led the field with a 12-over 156 at Miramont Country Club. Stasi entered the tournament after a 12th-place finish in last week’s Women’s Eastern Amateur. LPGA player Isabelle Beisiegel, who came in two shots back, took co-medalist honors at the 2003 LPGA Q-School to earn an exempt status for 2004. Beisiegel has also played on the Futures Tour and has two victories on the BMO Canadian Women’s Tour.
Mallory Fraiche of Metairie, La., and Tracy Stanford of Midland, Texas, emerged victorious from a playoff for the third and fourth spots.
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LIHUE, HAWAII – Miki Saiki, of Japan, grabbed the sole qualifying spot in Hawaii, carding 1-over 145. Saiki has played in three LPGA events in her career, with her best finish a tie for seventh at the 2008 Mizuno Classic.
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SANFORD, N.C. – Yueer-Cindy Feng, 13, of Orlando, Fla., finished with an even-par 144 to grab one of the six qualifying spots. Feng finished fourth, three shots behind 17-year-old medalist Katherine Perry of Carry, N.C.
Feng and Perry will be joined by fellow qualifiers Kathleen Ekey of Sharon, Ohio, LPGA veteran Rosie Jones, Allie White of Lancaster, Ohio and Ashleigh Albrecht of Murrieta, Ca. Albrecht grabbed the final spot after winning a three-way playoff.