Sectional Qualifying Complete for 2012 U.S. Women's Open

By USGA
June 8, 2012

Two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion Danielle Kang was one of four former USGA champions to make the 2012 U.S. Women's Open field through sectional qualifying. (USGA/Steve Gibbons)

Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association today announced that four past United States Golf Association champions lead the list of 62 sectional qualifiers for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be conducted July 5-8 at Blackwolf Run® in Kohler, Wis.

Danielle Kang, 19, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who advanced out of the City of Industry, Calif., qualifier, won the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships and has since turned professional. Three additional USGA champions qualified: Doris Chen, 19, of Bradenton, Fla. (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Brianna Do, 22, of Lakewood, Calif. (2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links); and Jennifer Song, 22, of Orlando, Fla. (2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur, 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links). 

There are 19 teenagers who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, including past USGA champions Chen and Kang. Hannah O’Sullivan, 14, of Cupertino, Calif., is the championship’s youngest competitor, six months younger than fellow 14-year-old Megan Khang, of Rockland, Mass. Also qualifying were: Shannon Aubert, 16, of Champions Gate, Fla.; Elisabeth Bernabe, 17, of Anaheim, Calif.; Jaye Marie Green, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Mi Hyang Lee, 19, of Korea; Maria Gabriela Lopez, 18, of Mexico; Briana Mao, 18, of Folsom, Calif.; Samantha Marks, 18, of Maitland, Fla.; Rinko Mitsunaga, 15, of Roswell, Ga.; Haru Nomura, 19, of Japan; Annie Park, 17, of Levittown, N.Y.; Jisoo Park, 16, of Korea; Gigi Stoll, 15, of Beaverton, Ore.; Emma Talley, 18, of Princeton, Ky.; Victoria Tanco, 18, of Argentina; and Lindsey Weaver, 18, of Scottsdale, Ariz. They join the five teenagers who were already fully exempt into the championship: Moriya Jutanugarn, 17; Lydia Ko, 15; Jessica Korda, 19; Jenny Shin, 19; and Lexi Thompson, 17. 

One member of the 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team qualified for the championship: Brooke Pancake, 22, of Chattanooga, Tenn. Pancake will make her professional debut at the Women’s Open following the 2012 Match at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. 

Qualifying as the co-medalist at the Sanford, N.C., site was Cheyenne Woods, 21, of Phoenix, Ariz. Woods, the stroke-play medalist at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, is the niece of nine-time USGA champion Tiger Woods. 

Two of the 11 spots reserved for future exemptions have been released back to the qualifying field. Aubert and Reilley Rankin, 33, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., were added to the field after taking the first-alternate positions at the Ormond Beach, Fla., and Dunwoody, Ga., qualifiers, respectively.  

Eighty-five players are fully exempt into the championship’s 156-player field. Nine spots are currently being reserved for the winner of the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship, any non-exempt players who win an official LPGA Tour event through the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (which ends July 1), and those who enter the top 25 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of July 2.

A list of the players who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, including qualifying sites and scores, follows:

Key:
(a) – amateur
A – alternate
 

May 14
Bellingham (Wash.) Golf &C.C.
 
 
Sue Kim, Canada 142
(a)-Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. 142
A-Lisa Ferrero, Lodi, Calif.     143
A-Kim Welch, Sacramento, Calif. 144
May 15
Plantation Bay Golf & C.C., Ormond Beach, Fla.
 
 
(a)-Katie Burnett, Brunswick, Ga. 142
Veronica Felibert, Venezuela 144
Jennifer Gleason, Clearwater, Fla. 144
(a)-Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. 145
Kris Tamulis, Naples, Fla. 145
Shannon Aubert, Champions Gate, Fla. 145
A-Laura Diaz, Scotia, Fla. 146
May 15
Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck, N.J.
 
 
(a)-Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. 143
Swonhwa Lee, Lake Mary, Fla. 143
Jeong Jang, Korea 145
Mi Jung Hur, Korea     146
Jennnie Lee, Henderson, Nev. 146
Jennifer Song, Orlando, Fla. 148
A-Ayada Hiroko, Japan 151
A-Elisa Serramia, Spain 151
May 21
Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club
 
 
Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass. 140
(a)-Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 141
A-Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn. 145
A-(a)-Chieh Peng, Chinese Taipei 146
May 21
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
 
Mina Nakayama, Japan 143
A-(a)-Kacie Komoto, Honolulu, Hawaii 146
A-(a)-Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii 148
May 21
Half Moon Bay (Calif.) G.L. (Ocean Course)
 
 
(a)-Gigi Stoll, Beaverton, Ore. 142
(a)-Hannah O'Sullivan, Cupertino, Calif. 143
Mo Martin, Altadena, Calif. 145
A-(a)-Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. 145
A-Hannah Yun, Bradenton, Fla. 146
May 21
Big Foot Country Club, Fontana, Wis.
 
 
Carlotta Ciganda, Spain 139
Junthima Gulyanamitta, Thailand 150
A-Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind. 150
A-Kirby Dreher, Canada 153
May 21
Dunwoody (Ga.) Country Club
 
 
Victoria Tanco, Argentina 142
Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C. 143
Mi Hyang Lee, Korea 143
Jin Young Pak, Korea 143
Reilly Ranking, Hilton Head, S.C. 144
A-Min Seo Kwak, Korea, Sacramento, Calif. 144
May 22
The Woodlands (Texas) C.C. (Player Course)
 
 
(a)-Maria Gabriela Lopez, Mexico 141
Katy Harris, Humble, Texas 144
Lili Alvarez, Mexico 147
A-Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia 147
A-(a)-Mariana Sims, Austin, Texas 147
May 23
Terravita Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
 
Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif. 140
(a)-Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. 140
Nicole Castrale, Palm Desert, Calif. 143
A-(a)-Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. 145
A-Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii 146
May 29
The Oaks Clulb (Eagle Course), Osprey, Fla.
 
 
(a)-Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. 142
Paola Moreno, Colombia 146
(a)-Haley Wilson, Fort Mitchell, Ala. 148
A-Yuki Sakurai, Japan 149
A-(a)-Victoria Trapani, Hollywood, Fla. 150
May 29
Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Md.
 
 
Lorie Kane, Canada 146
Haru Nomura, Japan 147
(a)-Brittany Altomare, Shrewsbury, Mass. 149
Il Hee Lee, Korea 150
(a)-Samantha S. Marks, Maitland, Fla. 150
Angela Oh, Atlanta, Ga. 150
(a)-Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. 150
A-Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. 151
A-Meghan Francella, Port Chester, N.Y. 152
May 29
Glen Echo Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Isabelle Beisiegel, Broken Arrow, Okla. 141
(a)-Brooke Pancake, Chattanooga, Tenn. 142
A-(a)-Ashley Armstrong, Flossmoor, Ill. 144
A-(a)-Nicole Vandermade, Canada 144
May 29
Wayzata (Minn.) Country Club
 
 
(a)-Briana Mao, Folsom, Calif. 153
A-Lisa Grimes, Alexandria, Minn. 154
A-(a)-Sasikarn On-Iam, Thailand 154
May 29
Industry Hills G.C. (Eisenhower and Zaharias Courses), City Of Industry, Calif.
 
 
(a)-Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. 139
(a)-Jisoo Park, Korea 144
(a)-Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim, Calif. 145
Danielle Kang, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 145
A-(a)-Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 145
A-Xi Yu Lin, People's Republic of China 146
May 30
Carolina Trace C.C. (Lake Course), Sanford, N.C.
 
 
(a)-Katherine Perry, Cary, N.C. 146
Cheyenne Woods, Phoenix, Ariz. 146
(a)-Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. 147
A-Kylene Pulley, Nashville, Tenn. 149
A-(a)-Yi Chen Liu, Chinese Taipei 149
May 30
Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
 
Giulia Sergas, Italy 144
(a)-Christine Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich. 151
A-(a)-Samantha Swinehart, Lancaster, Ohio 151
A-(a)-Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa. 152
May 30
Stonebriar C.C. (Faldo Course), Frisco, Texas
 
 
(a)-Gabriella Dominguez, Chilton, Texas 144
Tessa Teachman, Baton Rouge, La. 144
Jamie Hullett, Mesquite, Texas 145
A-(a)-Chelsea Mocio, Fort Worth, Texas 145
A-Cathryn Bristow, New Zealand 146
June 3
The Broadmoor (West Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.)
 
 
Becca Huffer, Denver, Colo. 145
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo. 151
Anya Sarai Alvarez, Tulsa, Okla. 152
A-(a)-Jisoo Keel, Canada 152
A-(a)-Alexandra Kaui, Kapolei, Hawaii 153

 

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