Lake Merced GC
May 20, 2013
DALY CITY – Casie Cathrea of Livermore captured medalist honors at U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying on Monday at Lake Merced GC. The 17-year-old high school senior put together a 36-hole score of 140, four-under par, to win rather comfortably. After opening with a three-under par 69 in her morning 18-hole round to gain a two-stroke advantage on her nearest competitors, Cathrea cruised in the afternoon to a one-under 71 to win by four strokes.
Finishing in second place and proving to be Cathrea’s biggest competition was Emily Childs of Alameda. The recently-turned professional and one-time NCGA Women’s Amateur champion, Childs posted a 36-hole total of 144, even-par. Childs was two strokes inferior to Cathrea in both rounds, opening up with a one-under 71 in the morning, and closing with a 73, one-over par in the afternoon.
In third place and earning the final qualifying spot was Elizabeth Schultz of Lafayette. The 16-year-old high school junior finished with a 36-hole score of 147. Schultz was actually able to improve from her morning round as she opened up with a two-over par 74 and finished with a one-over par 73 in the afternoon.
Missing out on one of the three qualifying spots, but earning alternate spots were Hannah Suh and Kathleen Scavo. Suh, an amateur from San Jose, finished alone in fourth place at 150, six-over par to seize first alternate. Scavo, an amateur from Benicia, had to beat out fellow amateur Sara Banke of Danville in a sudden-death playoff to earn second alternate as both competitors finished tied for fifth at 151.
Cathrea, Childs and Schultz advance to the U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Sebonack GC in Southampton, New York, June 27-30.