July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012
SANTA ROSA – Grace Na of Alameda took medalist honors at a USGA qualifier once again as she led all scores at U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship qualifying on Monday at Fountaingrove GAC—in May Na earned medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Public Links qualifying. Na, a 19 year-old soon-to-be junior at Pepperdine University, fired a 1-under par 71 bettering the 75 competitors that teed it up on Monday. Her round started off nicely with two birdies on Nos. 11 and 12, but she relinquished strokes on Nos. 15 and 18 with a bogey and double-bogey to fall back to 1-over par. After exchanging birdie for bogey on the first and second holes, Na finished off strong with birdies on the fifth and seventh holes.
Joining Na at next month’s championship in Ohio are Carly Childs, Cherokee Kim, Dottie Ardina, Courtney Soekland, Clare Sorensen, Emily Childs and Jennifer Hirano. (Carly) Childs and Kim finished tied for second after posting rounds of 1-over, 73. Kim of Dupont, Wash. was able to score making four birdies on the day, but also had her share of mistakes making three bogeys and a double bogey. (Carly) Childs of Alameda on the other hand had a fairly steady round making 15 pars on the day to go along with two bogeys and one birdie. Ardina, Soekland and Sorensen finished another shot back, posting rounds of 2-over par 74. Sorensen, the 2011 NCGA Junior Girls champion, had two birdies in her round but also made four bogeys. Soekland of Santa Rosa was only able to convert one birdie on the day, the par-4 seventh, but made three bogeys on holes three, five and 16. Ardina, surprisingly made no birdies on the day, but she limited her mistakes with only two bogeys to go along with 16 pars.
Qualifying last through a playoff were (Emily) Childs and Hirano as the two finished tied with Lauren Kim and Grace Park. (Emily) Childs of Alameda was the first to claim a spot as she won the second playoff hole to join her younger sister (Carly) as one of the eight qualifiers. After the third hole Hirano of Pinole claimed the other spot beating out fellow Northern Californians Kim and Park. Kim, the recently crowned (2012) NCGA Junior Girls champion, earned first alternate honors after the fourth playoff hole, making Park of Cupertino the second alternate.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will take place August 6-12 at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio.