The Reserve at Spanos Park
May 22, 2013
STOCKTON – Shawnee Martinez of Modesto earned medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Public Links Qualifying on Wednesday at The Reserve at Spanos Park, firing a two-over par 74. Martinez round included three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. The Modesto resident started off with a birdie on the par-5 2nd before taking bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8 to turn at 37. On the back nine, Martinez opened with a bogey on No. 10, birdied the 13th, double bogeyed the 15th and then followed that with a birdie on No.16 to come in at 37.
Finishing in second place and also earning a qualifying spot was Madchen Ly, who fired a four-over par 76. Ly of Clovis didn’t convert a single birdie on the day, but limited her mistakes making 14 pars and four bogeys.
Alone in third place was Jessica Chulya of Davis, who put together a round of six-over par 78. Opening up with a 40 on the back nine that included five bogeys and a birdie, Chulya improved on the back nine scoring a 38 with a birdie, bogey and double bogey.
Four players tied for fourth at seven-over par 79 earning qualifying spots into the championship. San Jose’s Grace Park, Sagee Palavivatana of North Highlands, Fresno’s Hannah Sodersten and Lauren Diaz-Yi all finished with their sub-80 rounds in unique ways. Park’s round had two bogeys, seven bogeys and a double bogey, while Diaz-Yi similarly had two birdies, but had four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. Palavivatana’s round consisted of four birdies, but she had plenty of setbacks, taking seven bogeys and two double bogeys. Sodersten’s round was the most level of the four as she had eight bogeys and one birdie on the day to go along with nine pars.
The final three players to qualify at eight-over par 80, tied for eighth, were Tyra Tonkham, Erika Salinas and Jessica Luo. Tonkham of Arleta and Luo of San Jose had eerily similar rounds each scoring two birdies, four bogeys and three double bogeys, while Salinas of Sacramento had one birdie, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
Tyler Akabane of Danville and Angela Liu of San Jose tied for 11th place at nine-over par 81, just missing out on qualifying. The two players battled it out in a sudden-death playoff for the alternate spots with Akabane earning the first alternate spot after the second playoff hole, slotting Liu in the second alternate spot.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship will be held at Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., June 17-22.