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NORTON, Massachusetts – On Wednesday, May 16, Mass Golf will be conducting its first USGA women’s qualifier of the season when 46 competitors, including 33 amateurs, take part in the U.S. Women’s Open local qualifier at Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster ahead of the 73rd Championship Proper being contested later this month.
The 36-hole qualifier will be see two competitors advance to the Championship Proper, being contested at Shoal Creek in Alabama from May 31 – June 3. Another two competitors will be credited with first alternate and second alternate status at the 24th of 25 qualifiers being contested across the U.S., England, Korea, Japan and China.
Of the 46 competitors in the field, 11 of them list their residences in Massachusetts, including Gabrielle Shieh (Carlisle), Sophie Dipetrillo (Dover), Elizabeth Rubino (Boston), Jacqueline Gonzalez (West Roxbury), Sara Dickson (Chestnut Hill), Jennifer Keim (South Yarmouth), Hannah Ghelfi (East Falmouth), Naree Song (Brighton) and Alison Walshe (Charlestown). Boston University women’s golf team members, Yu Phyllis Tang & Zhangcheng Guo are also competing.
Of the Massachusetts-based competitors, Ghelfi is the reigning Mass Golf Women’s Amateur Champion while Dipetrillo most recently earned medalist honors at the 2018 Patriot League Women’s Golf Championship as a member of the University of Richmond women’s golf team. She also competed in the NCAA Regional tournament last week.
Other notable competitors eyeing a spot for placement in the U.S. Women’s Open championship include Penn State golfer Megan McLean, Marshall University women’s golfer Shelby Brauckmuller, Columbia University women’s golfer Katie Lee, and Providence, Rhode Island’s Allison Paik, who most recently competed at the U.S. Women’s Four-Ball in California in late April.
Amateur Celeste Dao, from Canada, also has ties to the Bay State. Last year, Dao advanced to the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship from the Oak Hill Country Club qualifier.
Mass Golf will provide coverage for the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier being contested in Brewster, Massachusetts on May 16. Visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #MassGolf and #USWomensOpen.