Six Players, Including OSU's Slama, Qualify for 2018 U.S. Women's Amateur
WOODBURN, Ore. – Six players, including Oregon State’s Ellie Slama (Salem, Ore.), qualified Monday for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship after qualifying was held July 2 at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
The 18-hole qualifier included six qualifying spots, with two alternate positions.
Slama, the Oregon State rising sophomore who just last month won the 109th Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship, tied for medalist honors with Ty Akabane (Danville, Calif.), a rising high school senior who played in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. Both players fired a 5-under par 67 to share medalist honors on Monday.
Earning third place in the qualifier was Emilee Hoffman (Folsom, Calif.), a rising junior at the University of Texas. Hoffman won the 2018 Women’s Western Amateur Championship last week. Also qualifying for this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur were Jamie Huo (Auburn, Wash.) and Hannah Lee (Surrey, B.C., Canada). Huo is a former golfer at Seattle University, while Lee recently completed her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma.
The final qualifying spot was earned by 13-year-old Sophie Yip (Sydney, Australia). Yip defeated Portland State rising senior Tara Finigan (Portland, Ore.) in a playoff.
Finigan is the first alternate, while Gigi Stoll (Tigard, Ore.), three-time Oregon Women’s Amateur champion, is second alternate.
The 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will take place August 6-12 at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn.