Qualify For Biggest Amateur Event
Glen Cove, NY—Four members of Yale women's golf will travel to Glen Cove, N.Y., for the Aug. 4-10 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. The event is considered to be the largest female amateur golf event in the nation. Yale captain Marika Liu, assistant coach Taylor Babcock, and incoming freshmen Jayshree Sarathy and Jennifer Peng will all take part in the competition that begins Monday at Nassau Country Club.
The amateur championship is open to any female amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index of 5.3 or lower. Qualifying rounds were conducted at 19 sites between July 1-July 16. The four Yale golfers moved past the qualifying to earn spots in the final event.
The first two rounds, held Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, respectively, are stroke play format, with the lowest-scoring golfers advancing to match play. The remaining five rounds will be match play format. The Golf Channel will broadcast the five days of match play.
This will be the third USGA championship held at Nassau. The 6,297-yard, par-70 course figures to be a challenge for these young competitors.
Newly elected captain Marika Liu follows up an incredibly successful season with her participation in this event. She will tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Babcock, Yale's assistant coach, will tee off at 7:50 a.m. Sarathy and Peng, two incoming freshmen for the Yale side, will both tee off at 1:50 p.m.
The event will serve as a great tune-up for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. The Yale competitors will look to surpass some of the nation's toughest competition and finish well at this seminal event.
Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16, Yale Sports Publicity