Tong Qualifies for U.S. Women's Open
May 20, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University golfer Elizabeth Tong has qualified for the 2014 USGA U.S. Women's Open, June 17-22, at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina.
Tong qualified on Monday at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill. She posted a two-round score of 148.
"We are proud of Elizabeth for accomplishing this feat," said head coach Clint Wallman. "This will be an invaluable experience for her as she prepares for her senior season at Indiana."
Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, is being held at 20 sites across the United States and four international sites between May 5 and May 30. The championship is open to female professionals, and female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4.
Considered the world's premier women's golf championship, the U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. The Handicap Index limit was lowered from 4.4 to 2.4 this year due to the rapid growth of women's amateur golf. The championship was first conducted in 1946 and its winners include notable players such as Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Inbee Park.
Practice rounds for the Championship will take place on June 17 and 18. Round one begins on Thursday, June 19, with three days of 18-hole play to follow.
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