Three Women's Golfers Qualify for U.S. Amateur

Official U.S. Women's Amateur website

PHILADELPHIA - As yet another sign of the booming success being enjoyed by the Penn women's golf program, this year the Quakers will be represented by three players at the U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament is considered the United States Golf Association's most prestigious amateur event for women, and this year it will take place August 9-15 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.

Recent graduate Meredith Kotowski qualified by shooting a 75 and finishing third overall at the qualifier hosted by the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass. Rising sophomore Isabel Han qualified for her third Amateur in four years, shooting a 72 and tying for third at the qualifier hosted by the Haworth (N.J.) Country Club. Finally, incoming freshman Michelle Lee shot 73 and tied for fourth overall at the qualifier hosted by the Radrick Farms Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"I am so proud of the three women that we have in this year's US Women's Amateur," said Penn head coach Mark Anderson, who recently completed his second year with the program. "To have three Penn players in the field is absolutely amazing; I'm sure that some of the top teams in the country don't have three players in the field. I am excited to follow their play and hope to see them all make it to match play."

In noting Han's record at this event, Anderson said, "to qualify for this event once is quite an achievement; to qualify three times in four years is incredible." After qualifying for last year's Amateur, Han ended up missing the tournamentitselfdue to a wrist injury.

More than 1,000 women entered this year's event, a record, and from that a field of 156 golfers was put together through sectional qualifying. Those 156 women will meet at the Charlotte CC beginning August 9. After two rounds of stroke play, the field will be whittled to the low 64 players, at which time scoring changes to 18-hole match play. Players meet each other one-on-one until only two players are left; they then meet in a 36-hole final to determine the U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

Recent graduate Catherine Elliott was the first Penn player to play in a U.S. Women's Amateur, missing match play last year by only two shots.

The Penn women, of course, enjoyed an historic year in 2009-10, winning both the ECAC And Ivy League championships and qualifying for their first NCAA Regional.