WOODBURN, ORE. – Becky Morgan (Corvallis, Ore.) and Brooke Seay (San Diego, Calif.) advanced to the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open after sectional qualifying was held on Monday, June 12th at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
Monday’s qualifier, which featured 36-holes and a mixed field of professionals and amateurs, featured two qualifying spots for this year’s championship proper.
Morgan, a professional who’s an LPGA and Ladies European Tour veteran, shot a first-round 66 (-6) in the morning, propelling herself to a three-shot lead going into the second 18 holes. She held steady in the afternoon, firing a 2-under par 70 to finish at 136 (-8) for the sectional qualifier – good enough for medalist honors by three shots.
Seay, a 16-year old from Southern California, was one of three golfers who were three-shots back of Morgan after the first 18-holes. In the afternoon, Seay started on the 10th hole. After an even-par 36, she totaled two birdies and no bogies on her second nine, clinching her spot in her first U.S. Women’s Open Championship with a 36-hole total of 139 (-5).
Earlier this year, Seay won the ANNIKA Invitational, an elite junior event run by Annika Sorenstam and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). With the win, she earned a berth in the season-opening event on the Symetra Tour.
Muni He (Simi Valley, Calif.), who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open at the OGA Golf Course back in 2015, earned first alternate honors after finishing with scores of 72-69 – 141 (-3).
The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open will take place July 10-16, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.