Two Women's Golfers Qualify For U.S. Amateur

2009 U.S. Women's Amateur website

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has had two women qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. This is believed to be the first time that any member of the Penn women’s program has qualified for the Championship.

This year’s Amateur championship will take place August 3-9 at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis. Nearly 1,000 players attempted to qualify at sites around the country, but only 156 make it to the championship.

Returning senior Catherine Elliott qualified with a 76 at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. -- coincidentally, the Sunnybrook course is just across the street from Penn’s home course, Philadelphia Cricket Club. Elliott earned her spot in a playoff by making a solid par on the second playoff hole. This is her first USGA Championship. She is enjoying a successful summer, playing well in the Women’s GAP Inter-City matches and in the Women’s GAP Match Play Championship.

Incoming freshman Isabel Han, meanwhile, qualified with a 73 at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, N.J. This is Han’s third USGA championship -- she played in the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 2008 U.S. Junior Girls Championship.

“I am so excited for Catherine and Isabel to compete at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in St. Louis,” said Penn head coach Mark Anderson, who enters his second season with the program in 2009-10. “I wish them both the best of luck. They are both very good players and have worked hard on their games to try to take them to the next level.

“There aren’t many college teams that will have two women representing their schools. We are very fortunate to have two members of the Penn women’s golf team competing against the best female amateurs in the country.”

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will feature two rounds of stroke play, at which point the field will be cut from 156 players to 64. From that point, the players will engage in single-elimination match play. Each round of match play will be 18 holes except the championship, which will be 36 holes.