April 26, 2021
Former University of Oregon standout Kathleen Scavo, former NCGA Women’s Player of the Year Lucy Li and Canadian Kelly Tan all punched their tickets to the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open after advancing through a 36-hole Sectional qualifier held Monday on the par-71 Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.
Now a member of the Symetra Tour, Scavo was medalist with a score of 1-over 143 after rounds of 71-72. A former two-time winner of the California Junior Girls’ State Championship, Scavo posted six birdies on the day.
Li, who also made her rookie debut on the Symetra Tour in 2020, moved on with a third place score of 3-over 145 (73-72). Still only 18, in 2014 Li became the youngest (age 11) to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, surpassing a mark that had been set by Lexi Thompson at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.
Tan, a native of Malaysia and an LPGA Tour veteran, finished second at 144 after back-to-back rounds of 72.
NCGA Hall of Famer and NorCal native Juli Inkster, who was hoping to play in a U.S. Women’s Open practically in what she considers her own backyard, finished T-20 at 156 after rounds of 77-79.
The low amateur at the qualifier was Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Saratoga, who came in T-4 at 148 after rounds of 70-78. The 70 was the low round of the day.
This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will tee off June 3-6 at The Olympic Club.