Women's Golf sends six to 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship
Aug. 6, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six Longhorns will represent The University of Texas Women’s Golf program in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship which will be played Aug. 9-15 at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club. Junior Nicole Vandermade, sophomores Desiree Dubreuil, Madison Pressel and Katelyn Sepmoree, incoming freshman Rebecca Lee-Bentham and 2009 Texas graduate Kristin Walla have qualified for the 110th edition of the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) premier championship for women amateurs.
Vandermade and Lee-Bentham, teammates on the 2010 Team Canada Women’s Development Squad, each earned exemptions in the event through qualifying for the USGA-sanctioned U.S. Women’s Open early this summer. Last week, Vandermade tied for 11th place at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship with a 7-over 295 (69-79-76-71). Sepmoree (76-73-73-76=298, +10), a Tyler, Texas, native, finished three strokes behind Vandermade to tie for 16th place. Lee-Bentham finished the 72-hole event with a 22-over 310 (76-76-76-82) to tie for 51st.
Pressel and Dubreuil are making their second visits to North Carolina in less than a month after previously competing in the North and South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 in July. Pressel advanced to the Round of 32 where she was defeated 2 Up by eventual runner-up Lisa McCloskey, while Dubreuil fell in the Round of 64.
Pressel is making her second-consecutive appearance in next week’s event. Her older sister, LPGA player Morgan Pressel, won the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Walla, Texas’ top individual at the 2009 NCAA West Regional, was one of three competitors to qualify for the championship with a round of 75 at the Green Gables Country Club in Denver, Colo., in July.
Play begins on Monday, Aug. 9 with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. After the first two days, the field of players will be cut to the lowest 64 scores. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 11, contestants play match-play with the champion being determined by a 36-hole match-play final on Sunday. Charlotte CC will be set up at 6,559 (stroke play)/6,574 (match play) yards and will play to a par of 37-35 – 72.