May 23, 2012

International Flair at Women's Open Sectional

Fifty amateurs and twenty-six professionals to vie for three spots

The last of the two Florida U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifiers will take place on Tuesday, May 29th at The Oaks Club in Osprey.  Seventy-six participants will vie for the top three qualifying spots at the The Oaks’ Eagle course. 

The field is comprised of 50 amateurs and 26 professionals, representing a total of 17 countries and 9 states. Some countries represented include Israel, Colombia, Bolivia, Australia, England, and Singapore.  With golf being added to the Olympics in 2016, this qualifier illustrates the growth of golf internationally.

Among the U.S. Women’s Open hopefuls is professional Laura Baugh, a past U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and 1973 LPGA Rookie of the Year.  She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the 1972 Curtis Cup.  Baugh’s professional golf career began in 1973, and through 2001 she earned 71 top-10 finishes, which included ten runner-ups. 

Participants will play 36 holes to try to earn a spot for the Women’s Open Championship being held July 5-8 at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin. 

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