June 30, 2015
Five players are headed to this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship after advancing through an 18-hole qualifier held Tuesday at par-72 Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland.
Leading the field was medalist Anna Zhou of Palo Alto, who came in with a sizzling 6-under 66. Zhou’s round included seven birdies and just one bogey. The runner-up at this year’s San Francisco City Women’s Championship, Zhou caught fire on the back-nine, posting a 31 that featured five straight birdies from holes No.10 through No.14.
Taking second place was Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, who came in at 70. The darling of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open was steady, posting three birdies to go against one bogey. Zhou defeated Li in the semifinals at the San Francisco City.
Third place went to San Jose’s Katherine Zhu at 72, while Belinda Hu of San Ramon took fourth with a 74.
The fifth and final spot came down to a playoff between San Jose’s Angela Liu and Shanghai’s Siyun Liu, who each came in at 76. Angela Liu won the playoff, leaving Siyun Liu as the first alternate. The second alternate is Emily Rotter of Fremont, who shot 77.
This year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship is set for July 20-25 at Tulsa Country Club in Oklahoma.