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Player Bio: Malak Bouraeda (a)2022 U.S. Women's Open


Age: 21
Country: Morocco
College: University of Colorado
Road to Pine Needles: Qualified at Westminster, Colo., site on May 10

The 21-year-old will make her first U.S. Women's Open start after earning the lone spot at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, shooting 1-under-par 143 (71-72) in the 36-hole qualifier. Just completed her senior season at Colorado, but is planning to return for a Super Senior season in 2022-23 while pursuing a master's degree. She graduated in May with a degree in strategic communications. Even though she was born in St. Louis, Mo., and raised in Southlake, Texas, Bouraeda represents Morocco in competitions. Her father was born in Morocco, so she has dual citizenship. She will be the first to represent the country in the U.S. Women's Open. Boureada lost her mother to a long battle with Crohn's disease when she was 10 years old, and that's when the family relocated to Texas. Ever since the loss, Malak dedicated herself to becoming a Division I golfer, which she accomplished with the scholarship to Colorado. Last year, she advanced to the NCAA Baton Rouge, La., regional as an individual, but the event was eventually canceled due to heavy rains and unplayable course conditions. She has posted three top-5 finishes for the Buffaloes over the past four seasons.

U.S. Women's Open Playing Record






2022 Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club 79-81 +18 MC