U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR
Get to Know Field for 116th U.S. Women's Amateur July 29, 2016 | Springfield, Pa. By Christina Lance, USGA

Reigning U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Lauren Greenlief is one of 10 USGA champions in this year's field. (USGA/Darren Carroll)

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The average age of the Women’s Amateur competitors is 18.92 years old.

The youngest player in the championship is Alexa Pano, 11, of Lake Worth, Fla. She is the third-youngest player in championship history, older than only 10-year-olds Lucy Li (2013) and Latanna Stone (2012).

Pamela Kuong, 55, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., is the oldest player in the championship. Meghan Stasi, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the oldest championship sectional qualifier.

There is one player under the age of 13. There are 100 players in the field between the ages of 13 and 19. Forty-eight players are between the ages of 20 and 24, with two players between the ages of 25 and 29, two players in their 30s and one player in her 50s.

There are 16 countries represented at the championship: Australia; Canada; the People’s Republic of China; France; Hong Kong, China; Italy; Japan; the Republic of Korea; Mexico; Nigeria; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Sweden; Thailand; the United States of America; and Venezuela.

There are 32 states represented at the championship: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

There are 10 USGA champions in the field:

•       Hailee Cooper, 16, of Montgomery, Texas (2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
•       Kristen Gillman, 18, of Austin, Texas (2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur)
•       Lauren Greenlief, 25, of Oakton, Va. (2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
•       Mika Liu, 17, of Beverly Hills, Calif. (2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
•       Rinko Mitsunaga, 19, of Roswell, Ga. (2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
•       Kaitlyn Papp, 17, of Austin, Texas (2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
•       Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea (2015, 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
•       Margaret Shirley-Starosto, 30, of Roswell, Ga. (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
•       Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
•       Gabriella Then, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior)

There are seven USGA runners-up in the field:

•       Sierra Brooks, 18, of Sorrento, Fla. (2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur)
•       Katelyn Dambaugh, 21, of Goose Creek, S.C. (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
•       Pamela Kuong (2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
•       Andrea Lee, 17, of Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
•       Robynn Ree, 18, of Redondo Beach, Calif. (2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
•       Eun Jeong Seong (2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links)
•       Margaret Shirley-Starosto (2013 and 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)

One U.S. Women’s Amateur competitor has played on a winning team in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship:

•       Margaret Shirley-Starosto (2015, Georgia)

Seven U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors played in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship:

•       Sierra Brooks (MC, 80-80)
•       Hye-Jin Choi, 16, of the Republic of Korea (T38, 72-71-75-74–292, low amateur)
•       Mika Liu (MC, 75-75)
•       Rinko Mitsunaga (MC, 76-78)
•       Robynn Ree (MC, 75-74)
•       Lauren Stephenson, 19, of Lexington, S.C. (MC, 77-75)
•       Bailey Tardy, 19, of Norcross, Ga. (MC, 77-81)

Eight U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors have played in the Curtis Cup Match:

•       Sierra Brooks (USA, 2016)
•       Mariel Galdiano, 18, of Pearl City, Hawaii (USA, 2016)
•       Andrea Lee (USA, 2016)
•       Mika Liu (USA, 2016)
•       Meghan Stasi (USA, 2008)
•       Bailey Tardy (USA, 2016)
•       Monica Vaughn, 21, of Reedsport, Ore. (USA, 2016)
•       Bethany Wu, 19, of Diamond Bar, Calif. (USA, 2016)

Seven U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors have represented their home countries in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship:

•       Celine Boutier, 22, of France (2012, 2014)
•       Virginia Elena Carta, 19, of Italy (2014)
•       Tiffany Chan, 22, of Hong Kong, China (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
•       Hye-Jin Choi (Republic of Korea, 2014)
•       Mathilda Cappeliez, 18, of France (2014)
•       Kristen Gillman (USA, 2014)
•       Maria Torres, 21, of Puerto Rico (2010, 2012, 2014)

One U.S. Women’s Amateur competitor will represent her country at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games:

  • Tiffany Chan (Hong Kong, China)

Fifteen championship competitors are in the top 25 of the Women’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM as of Wednesday, July 27, the last WWAGR update prior to the start of the championship:

•       No. 6 Sierra Brooks
•       No. 7 Mariel Galdiano
•       No. 9 Bailey Tardy
•       No. 12 Katelyn Dambaugh
•       No. 13 Monica Vaughn
•       No. 14 Hye-Jin Choi
•       No. 15 Tiffany Chan
•       No. 16 Bethany Wu
•       No. 17 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, 25, of Thailand
•       No. 18 Virginia Elena Carta
•       No. 19 Andrea Lee
•       No. 20 Mika Liu
•       No. 21 Cheyenne Knight, 19, of Aledo, Texas
•       No. 22 Eun Jeong Seong
•       No. 24 Celine Boutier

Four U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors will celebrate a birthday during the championship:

•       Belinda Hu, of San Ramon, Calif. (8/7/99, turning 17)
•       Alexis Keating, of Elma, Wash. (8/6/94, turning 22)
•       Anneliese Newell, of Tampa, Fla. (8/2/96, turning 20)
•       Elisa Pierre, of Santa Clarita, Calif. (8/6/98, turning 18)

Thirteen U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association of America All-America teams for the 2015-16 season:

  • Sarah Burnham, 20, of Maple Grove, Minn. (honorable mention, Michigan State University)
  • Virginia Elena Carta (first team, Duke University)
  • Tiffany Chan (second team, University of Southern California)
  • Katelyn Dambaugh (first team, University of South Carolina)
  • Maria Fassi, 18, of Mexico (honorable mention, University of Arkansas)
  • Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (honorable mention, University of Kansas)
  • Cheyenne Knight (first team and Freshman of the Year, University of Alabama)
  • Anneliese Newell, 19, of Tampa, Fla. (first team, University of Tennessee)
  • Robynn Ree (second team, University of Southern California)
  • Bailey Tardy (first team, University of Georgia)
  • Maria Torres (honorable mention, University of Florida)
  • Monica Vaughn (second team, Arizona State University)
  • Bethany Wu (honorable mention, UCLA)

Twenty-eight U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors earned 2016 WGCA Academic All-America honors, meaning they had at least a 3.50 grade point average for the 2015-16 season:

  • Jacqueline Bendrick, 20, of Mercer Island, Wash. (Furman University)
  • Sirene Blair, 21, of South Jordan, Utah (San Diego State University)
  • Sabrina Bonanno, 20, of Norridge, Ill. (University of Arkansas, Little Rock)
  • Shannon Brooks, 18, of Vienna, Va. (University of Tennessee)
  • Virginia Elena Carta (Duke University)
  • Annika Clark, 19, of Highlands, Texas (Texas Christian University)
  • Katelyn Dambaugh (University of South Carolina)
  • Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez, 20, of Mexico (University of New Mexico)
  • Alexandra Harkins, 20, of Crystal Lake, Ill. (University of North Carolina)
  • Rose Huang, 18, of Honolulu, Hawaii (Brigham Young University)
  • Alexis Keating, 21, of Elma, Wash. (University of Colorado)
  • Madison Kerley, 18, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Arizona State University)
  • August Kim, 21, of St. Augustine, Fla. (Purdue University)
  • Cheyenne Knight (University of Alabama)
  • Alessandra Liu, 23, of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. (College of William and Mary)
  • Janet Mao, 19, of Johns Creek, Ga. (Northwestern University)
  • Kelsey Murphy, 21, of Plymouth, Mich. (Eastern Michigan University)
  • Anneliese Newell (University of Tennessee)
  • Cecily Overbey, 20, of High Point, N.C. (North Carolina State University)
  • Jessica Porvasnik, 21, of Hinckley, Ohio (The Ohio State University)
  • Anna Redding, 19, of Concord, N.C. (University of Virginia)
  • Jackie Rogowicz, 18, of Yardley, Pa. (Penn State University)
  • Gabrielle Shipley, 22, of Hastings, Mich. (Grand Valley State University)
  • Megan Thothong, 20, of Dallas, Texas (University of Houston)
  • Taylor Tomlinson, 20, of Gainesville, Fla. (University of Florida)
  • Jessica Vasilic, 20, of Sweden (University of Arizona)
  • Monica Vaughn (Arizona State University)
  • Amber Wang, 19, of Sugar Land, Texas (Princeton University)

Local Connections

Five U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors hail from Pennsylvania:

•       Kate Evanko, 18, of West Chester
•       Madelein Herr, 18, of New Hope
•       Aurora Kan, 22, of Boothwyn
•       Alessandra Liu, of Bala Cynwyd
•       Jackie Rogowicz, of Yardley

Additionally, Meghan Stasi grew up in Voorhees, N.J., just across the state line.

Two U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors attend college in Pennsylvania:

  • Madelein Herr (incoming freshman, Penn State University)
  • Jackie Rogowicz (sophomore, Penn State University)

General Player Notes

Lauren Beaudreau, 15, of Lemont, Ill., won the 2016 Girls’ Junior North & South Championship, taking the title on her birthday, July 6. Beaudreau has visited more than 20 countries, noting as her favorite a 2011 visit to Egypt where she explored the pyramids and the Nile River.

Celine Boutier, 22, of France, helped Duke University win the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. She is the 2015 Ladies’ British Open Amateur champion.

Sierra Brooks, 18, of Sorrento, Fla., was runner-up in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland (Ore.) Golf Club, falling to Hannah O’Sullivan, 3 and 2. In 2015, she won the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur (the Sally) and Women’s Southern Amateur, and was a semifinalist in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, an event she won in 2014. Brooks was a member of the victorious 2015 USA Junior Solheim Cup and 2014 USA Junior Ryder Cup teams, and competed on the winning USA team in the 2015 Trans-Pacific Junior Golf Match, conducted in the People’s Republic of China. Brooks will enroll at Wake Forest University this fall.

Sarah Burnham, 20, of Maple Grove, Minn., is a rising junior at Michigan State University. Her sophomore scoring average of 72.42 was the lowest in Spartans history by nearly a full stroke. Burnham has won numerous Minnesota Women’s Golf Association championships, most recently the 2015 Match-Play and Four-Ball titles, and qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

Mathilda Cappeliez, 18, of France, reached the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she fell to eventual champion Hannah O’Sullivan. In 2014, she made the cut in the U.S. Women’s Open and won the Dixie Women’s Amateur. Cappeliez was a member of the 2015 European Junior Solheim Cup Team, and helped lead France to victory in the 2015 European Team Championship.

Virginia Elena Carta, 19, of Italy, won the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship as a Duke University freshman, setting records for her 16-under-par 272 total and her margin of victory (eight strokes). She earned first-team All-America honors, and won golf’s Honda Sports Award, which is presented to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Earlier this month, she received an exemption into the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic, where she finished 69th.

Tiffany Chan, 22, of Hong Kong, China, won the 2016 Hong Kong Ladies Open on the first playoff hole. It was her second win in a professional event, after the 2015 TLPGA Future Open. Chan, a rising senior at the University of Southern California who earned two national junior college titles at Daytona (Fla.) State College, is one of three amateurs representing their countries in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Hye-Jin Choi, 16, of the Republic of Korea, won the 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and reached the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior, where she fell to eventual runner-up Andrea Lee. She was co-runner-up to Lydia Ko in the 2016 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open and tied for fifth in the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters, both stops on the Ladies European Tour. Choi earned low-amateur honors in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, where she tied for 38th, as well as in the LPGA Tour’s 2016 Lotte Championship, where she finished T52. Choi was the low individual in the 2015 World Junior Girls Championship and helped lead the Korean Team to an 18-stroke victory.

Hailee Cooper, 16, of Montgomery, Texas, won the AJGA’s 2015 Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay and 2014 Under Armour-Jordan Spieth Championship. She was a member of the victorious 2015 USA Junior Solheim Cup Team.

Katelyn Dambaugh, 21, of Goose Creek, S.C., has enjoyed an outstanding 2016 season, winning the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and earning runner-up finishes at the 2016 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship and 2016 SEC Championship. Her junior year at the University of South Carolina was record-breaking, as she set school marks for single-season stroke average (71.62) and top-five finishes (six).

Casey Danielson, 21, of Osceola, Wis., helped Stanford University win the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, as the Cardinal defeated Baylor in the final match. She is competing in her seventh consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur, having reached the quarterfinals in 2011.

Karis Davidson, 18, of Australia won the 2016 Australian Girls’ Amateur and was runner-up in 2015. Davidson, a member of the Australian National Team, was a recipient of the 2016 Karrie Webb Scholarship, which allowed her to attend the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle.

Maria Fassi, 18, of Mexico, won the 2015 and 2016 Women’s Mexican Amateur Championships. She is a rising sophomore at the University of Arkansas, where she won her first event as a freshman, the 2016 Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

Isabella Fierro, 15, of Mexico, was runner-up in the 2016 Mexican Women’s Amateur Championship and finished third in 2015. She won the 2015 Mexican Girls’ Junior Championship.

Mariel Galdiano, 18, of Pearl City, Hawaii, won the 2015 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and 2014 Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship. The incoming UCLA freshman finished runner-up to Muni He in the 2015 American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, and also finished second in the 2015 Junior PGA Championship. Galdiano qualified for the 2011, 2013 and 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Championships, with her best finish coming in 2015, when she tied for 42nd. She was also a member of the victorious 2015 USA Junior Solheim Cup team, and is a three-time Hawaii state high school champion (2013, 2014, 2015).

Kristen Gillman, 18, of Austin, Texas, won the 2016 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2. The incoming University of Alabama freshman also won the 2014 Junior PGA Championship and was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Polo Golf Junior Classic. Gillman is a recent graduate of Lake Travis High School in Austin, where two of her girls’ golf teammates were fellow 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors Kaitlyn Papp and Ann Parmerter.

Hannah Green, 19, of Australia, is a member of the Australian National Team. She was low amateur at the LPGA Tour’s 2016 ISPA Handa Women’s Australian Open, where she finished T20. In 2015, she finished runner-up to Lydia Ko at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. Green was a recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Karrie Webb Scholarship, which allowed her to attend the last two U.S. Women’s Opens and spend time being mentored by the two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion.

Lauren Greenlief, 25, of Oakton, Va., is a three-time Virginia State Golf Association Stroke-Play champion, winning the 2010 title on the seventh playoff hole. Greenlief, a management consultant who in 2015 became the youngest winner in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history, received an exemption into the LPGA Tour’s 2016 Kingsmill Championship. 

Nasa Hataoka, 18, of Japan, was low amateur at the LPGA Tour’s 2016 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She has won the last two Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif..

Muni He, 17, of the People’s Republic of China, won the 2015 Polo Junior Golf Classic. She made the cut in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, and earned low-amateur honors at the 2015 Hyundai China Ladies Open. He, who lives in suburban Los Angeles, has verbally committed to attend the University of Southern California in 2017.

Madelein Herr, 18, of New Hope, Pa., was runner-up in the 2015 Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur Championship. Partnering with Brynn Walker, she was a semifinalist in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. She will attend Penn State University in the fall.

Cali Hipp, 23, of Caldwell, Idaho, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Oregon, where she was a four-year member of the women’s golf team and earned multiple academic honors. Currently an intern for an event-management company, Hipp plans to go to law school in hopes of becoming a college athletic director, a coach or a PGA Professional. In 2008, she became the youngest person to win the Idaho Women’s Amateur Championship, taking the title at age 15.

Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, 16, of Thailand, won the 2015 Women’s Western Amateur Championship.

Amanda Kim, 19, of O’Fallon, Mo., was runner-up to Bethany Wu in the 2016 Women’s Trans National Championship.

August Kim, 20, of St. Augustine, Fla., won the 2016 Big Ten Championship for Purdue University, and was stroke-play medalist in the 2016 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship. In 2014, she took the Women’s Trans National title.

Dylan Kim, 19, of Plano, Texas, is competing in her first major event since September 2015, when she was diagnosed with a benign tumor in her left hip. She underwent major surgery in October to remove the tumor and could not swing a club for six months, causing her to redshirt her sophomore season at Baylor University.

Gina Kim, 16, of Chapel Hill, N.C., won the American Junior Golf Association’s 2016 Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

Cheyenne Knight, 19, of Aledo, Texas, is a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama. She earned 2016 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Freshman of the Year honors after a season that featured six top-10 finishes, including a victory in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and a tie for fourth in the NCAA Championship.

Pamela Kuong, 55, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., won the 2008 and 2010 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur championships. She is also the 2011 New England Women’s Amateur champion, and works as a senior vice president of commercial lending.

Andrea Lee, 17, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., claimed the American Junior Golf Association’s 2014 Tournament of Champions and Yani Tseng Invitational titles, and was runner-up in the Thunderbird International Junior. That same year, she advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur (losing to eventual champion Kristen Gillman), the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior and tied for 69th in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2. Lee earned a silver medal for the USA in the 2015 Pan American Games, and the next week she again reached the U.S. Girls’ Junior quarterfinals. She has twice competed in the ANA Inspiration, receiving a sponsor’s exemption in 2015 and winning the 2016 ANA Junior Inspiration to earn a second berth. Lee was a member of the victorious 2015 USA Junior Solheim Cup and 2014 USA Junior Ryder Cup teams, and is an incoming freshman at Stanford University.

Binny Lee, 18, of Frisco, Texas, is the daughter of two martial arts masters, and is a first-degree black belt. Her mother, Nanyool Lee, won a gold medal in taekwondo at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.

Lucy Li, 13, of Redwood Shores, Calif., qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, becoming the youngest qualifier in history at 11 years, 8 months and 19 days old. She became the youngest competitor in U.S. Women’s Amateur history in 2013 at age 10, a month after she became the youngest competitor in history to advance to match play in a USGA championship, at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Li won the 10-11 Girls Division in the inaugural Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club in 2014.

Mika Liu, 17, of Beverly Hills, Calif., teamed with fellow U.S. Women’s Amateur competitor Rinko Mitsunaga to win the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. Liu started her 2016 season by winning the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur (the Sally). Her other victories over the last two years include the 2014 Women’s Southern Amateur, the 2014 Women’s Western Amateur and the 2015 Thunderbird International Junior. She notched runner-up finishes in the 2015 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Amateur, the 2015 Women’s Eastern Amateur and the 2015 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Liu, who reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior, was a member of the victorious 2015 USA Junior Solheim Cup Team. She has verbally committed to attend Stanford University in the fall of 2017.

Rinko Mitsunaga, 19, of Roswell, Ga., won the 2015 Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship, as well as the 2015 Kathy Whitworth Invitational, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. She teamed with fellow U.S. Women’s Amateur competitor Mika Liu to win the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Haley Moore, 17, of San Diego, Calif., was the low amateur in the 2015 ANA Inspiration after earning a spot in the field by winning the ANA Inspiration Champions Junior Challenge. Moore graduated from high school early and enrolled at the University of Arizona, where she capped her first semester with the Wildcats with a co-runner-up finish in the individual portion of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.

Alexa Pano, 11, of Lake Worth, Fla., is a 2014 and 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship finalist. In 2016, she won the overall Girls’ 10-11 age group, placing first in driving, second in chipping and fourth in putting. In 2014, she won the chipping portion of the Girls’ 7-9 age group and placed third overall.

Kaitlyn Papp, 17, of Austin, Texas, tied for fourth in the 2015 Harder Hall Invitational and reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Polo Junior Golf Classic. Papp is a senior at Lake Travis High School in Austin, where two of her golf teammates were fellow 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors and Lake Travis graduates Kristen Gillman and Ann Parmerter. Papp was a member of the victorious 2015 USA Junior Solheim Cup Team.

Jessica Porvasnik, 21, of Hinckley, Ohio, won the 2016 Harder Hall Invitational.

Riley Rennell, 18, of Columbia, Tenn., won the 2016 Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship. She competed in the 2014 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club in the Girls 14-15 Division.

Adeena Shears, 18, of Elizabeth, W.Va., is the 2014 and 2015 West Virginia Women’s Amateur champion.

Margaret Shirley-Starosto, 30, of Roswell, Ga., is the executive director of Atlanta Junior Golf, a golf organization that hosts 90 one-day golf tournaments in the summer for kids ages 7-18. Shirley began her competitive career in an Atlanta Junior Golf event. She has represented the USA in the last two South American Amateur Championships.

Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of the Republic of Korea, on July 23 became the first player in 45 years to win back-to-back U.S. Girls’ Junior titles, defeating Andrea Lee, 4 and  2, at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. Her first title came at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. She was the runner-up in the final U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 2014 at The Home Course, in DuPont, Wash.

Meghan Stasi, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the 2012 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, as well as the 2010 and 2012 Florida Women’s Amateurs and 2013-14 Florida Women’s Mid-Amateurs. The four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion represented the USA in the 2015 South American Amateur Championship, where she finished eighth. Stasi and her husband, Danny, own  a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

Lauren Stephenson, 19, of Lexington, S.C., won the 2016 Eastern Women’s Amateur Championship and the 2015 Dixie Women’s Amateur Championship. She recently transferred to the University of Alabama, after spending her freshman year at Clemson University.

Maddie Szeryk, 20, of Canada, holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada and is a member of the Canadian National Team. She won the 2015 Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship and was runner-up in the 2015 SEC Championship as a member of the Texas A&M University women’s golf team.

Bailey Tardy, 19, of Norcross, Ga., won the 2015 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2. She advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and qualified for the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championships. She was the stroke-play medalist in the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. A rising sophomore at the University of Georgia. Tardy earned her first collegiate win at the 2015 Windy City Collegiate in just her fourth collegiate start. She followed it up by sharing medalist honors with Bronte Law of UCLA in the NCAA Bryan (Texas) Regional.

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, 16, of Thailand, won the American Junior Golf Association’s 2016 Rolex Tournament of Champions. In February, she finished T42 at the LPGA Tour’s Honda LPGA Thailand.

Lauren Thibodeau, 16, of Hampstead, N.H., has won six consecutive New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Junior Championships. Thibodeau will be one of four juniors representing the Northeast in the 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open, conducted at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course.

Megan Thothong, 20, of Dallas, Texas, won the 2016 Texas Women’s Stroke Play Championship.

Maria Torres, 21, of Puerto Rico, won the 2016 SEC Championship as a junior at the University of Florida. She became the first Gator to win SEC Player of the Year honors.

Anita Uwadia, 18, of Nigeria, became the first Nigerian-born player to compete in a USGA championship when she qualified for the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. She recently graduated from Hilton Head Preparatory School in South Carolina, and will enroll at the University of South Carolina in the fall.

Monica Vaughn, 21, of Reedsport, Ore., is a rising senior at Arizona State University who owns two collegiate victories: the 2015 PING/ASU Invitational and the 2016 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a career-low 65 in the final round of the latter. In 2015, she tied for fifth in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship and earned first-team All-America honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. In 2010, Vaughn became the youngest winner of the Oregon Women’s Amateur at the age of 15. That same summer, she also won the Oregon Girls’ Junior, the Oregon Public Links and Pacific Northwest Girls’ Junior, and was named Oregon Golf Association Player of the Year.

Christine Wang, 14, of Houston, Texas, competed in the 2014 and 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championships.

Kelly Whaley, 19, of Cromwell, Conn., is the daughter of Suzy Whaley, a renowned golf professional and instructor who qualified for the PGA Tour’s 2003 Greater Hartford Open after winning the 2002 Connecticut Section PGA Championship. Suzy Whaley is also the secretary of The PGA of America, the first female to hold that position. Kelly Whaley is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina.

Bethany Wu, 19, of Diamond Bar, Calif., won the 2016 Women’s Trans National Championship. She was runner-up to fellow 2016 USA Curtis Cup competitors Bailey Tardy and Mariel Galdiano in the 2015 North & South Women’s Amateur and Canadian Women’s Amateur championships, respectively. The rising sophomore at UCLA  advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she fell to Sierra Brooks. She was the stroke-play medalist at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur and a member of the victorious 2013 USA Junior Solheim Cup and 2014 USA Junior Ryder Cup teams.

Compiled by Christina Lance, manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email her at clance@usga.org.

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