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Harvard University Standouts Qualify For Historic 2022 Championship In Puerto Rico

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2021

WESTWOOD, Massachusetts — Harvard University teammates Anina Ku (Belmont Country Club) and Meiyi Yan (China) recently concluded the fall portion of their college season and certainly have much to look forward to next spring.

Added to that list is a trip to Puerto Rico after the Ivy Leaguers qualified for the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Monday at Norfolk Golf Club. Ku and Yan shot 5-under-par 67 in the 18-hole qualifier to earn the lone qualifying spot for the historic event.

Next year’s US Women’s Four-Ball will take place at Grand Reserve Club on the Northeast coast of Puerto Rico. It will be the first USGA event played outside the mainland United States in a U.S. Territory. 

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WHAT HAPPENED

Meiyi Yan started and ended with a birdie as the Harvard sophomore finished with four total to lead the way. Yan made 4 on the par-5 1st hole and added another on the par-4 8th to bring the team to 3-under.

Anina Ku, the senior captain of Harvard’s women’s golf team this year, added to it by making birdie on the 1st hole. She also made birdie on the par-3 3rd and added key par saves on the 4th and 11th (2nd hole).

Despite their lone bogey on the 13th (4th hole), Yan and Ku bounced back by making birdie on their 14th and 18th, pulling away from the rest of the field.

Meiyi Yan, left, and Anina Ku have qualified for the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in Puerto Rico. (Mass Golf)

Susan Curtin (Boston Golf Club) and Chelsea Curtis (The Country Club) earned First Alternate status after turning in a solid round of 2-under 69. Despite opening with a bogey, the pair went blemish-free the rest of the way, finishing even-par on the front nine, and going 2-under on the back. Curtin birdied the 5th and 12th (3rd hole), while Curtis birdied the 16th (7th hole).

Longtime Thorny Lea Golf Club playing partners Shannon Johnson and Megan Buck earned the second alternate spot. The pair played alongside Ku and Yan and found themselves just two strokes back through nine. Buck made birdie on the 1st and 9th holes, while Johnson birdied the 5th, but they were unable to find a birdie on the back nine.

U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR FOUR-BALL SCHEDULE

At Grand Reserve GC, Puerto Rico

Wednesday, April 20 (18 holes, stroke play)
Thursday, April 21 (18 holes, stroke play)
Friday, April 22 (Round of 32, match play)
Saturday, April 23 (Round of 16/quarterfinal matches)
Sunday, April 24 (Semifinal/Championship match)

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