Jun 6th, 2017
Carly Booth qualifies for US Women’s Open
And a tilt at record $5 million purse
Carly Booth, Caroline Hedwall, Meghan MacLaren and Kelsey MacDonald all qualified for the US Women’s Open through Sectional Qualifying at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
The year’s third Major will take place at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 10–16, and there’s a record purse of US$5 million up for grabs.
Carly Booth (70, 73) and Caroline Hedwall (73, 70) tied on 143, one–under–par, after 36 holes played in testing conditions.
After finishing two strokes back, MacLaren and MacDonald then earned their spots following a one–hole play–off with Valdis Thora Jonsdottir. The two Britons both made regulation pars on the par–3 ninth, despite the driving rain and swirling winds, while Jonsdottir bogeyed the hole.
Carly was thrilled to qualify and said: “It was a roller coaster out there. The wind was switching and it was raining sideways. It was like a battlefield, but I stayed strong, positive and patient.
“Today, a lot of it was good and I had a few bad shots in every part of my game, but I think that’s because the weather was so tough. I holed some really good putts and hit some really good drives. I think that was the key today, hitting fairways and greens and giving myself some chances.”
This is the fourth year that US Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying – Europe, has been played at the Buckinghamshire.
A total of 1,709 entries have been accepted for the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship conducted by the USGA, with Qualifying at 25 sites in total, including 21 in the United States, as well as four international sites: one each in England, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea, between May 22 and June 12.
LET Members already fully exempt into the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open include Beth Allen, Aditi Ashok, Isabelle Boineau, Carlota Ciganda, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Shanshan Feng, Sandra Gal, Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Xiyu Lin, Pernilla Lindberg, Caroline Masson, Catriona Matthew, Azahaa Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Lee-Anne Pace, Florentyna Parker and Suzann Pettersen.