July 13, 2015
Eight players are headed to this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship after advancing through an 18-hole qualifier held Monday at Cameron Park Country Club.
Leading the field was medalist Emilee Hoffman, who carded a 3-under 69 that included five birdies and a double-bogey. Having already committed to University of Texas for 2016, Hoffman was the only player to shoot under par.
The second, third and fourth spots went to Shawnee Martinez of Modesto (72), Ty Akabane of Danville (73) and Hannah Sodersten of Fresno (73).. Akabane recently reached the semifinals of the California Junior Girls’ State Championship.
The final four spots came down to a playoff between six players who came in with matching scores of 74. Those advancing were Menlo Park’s Lila Barton, Kortnie Maxoutopoulis of Pleasanton, Elk Grove’s Gurman Kaur and Elizabeth Schultz of Pleasant Hill. Kaur was the only female to compete in this past weekend’s NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Poppy Hills. She’d shoot 81-87 on the 6,700-plus yard course to miss the cut.
The first alternate is Caryn Khoo of Reno. The second alternate is Regina De Guzman of San Jose.
This year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be held August 10-16 at Portland GC in Oregon.