Three Players Advance in Bradenton
Yueer “Cindy” Feng, Sandra Changkija, and Paula Hurtado have all advanced to the U.S. Women’s Open Championship after enduring multiple weather delays, which forced the finish into Thursday. The sectional qualifying event was conducted by the Florida State Golf Association at The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, in Bradenton, on May 28-29.
Former Florida Junior Tour standout and reigning FSGA Women’s Junior Player of the Year, Yueer “Cindy” Feng, of the Peoples Republic of China, earned medalist honors after rounds of 68-67--135. Feng who recently turned Professional has had success on the Smytra Tour, capturing one title this season to go along with six top ten finishes. Feng has also had success in USGA competitions in the past finishing runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 2013.
Sandra Changkija, of Orlando, earned her way to the U.S. Women’s Open after rounds of 69-70 for a tournament total of five-under par 139. Changkija, is a full time player on the LPGA Tour, a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, and was the 2012 LPGA Rookie of the Year. Changkija will use her past experience in the U.S. Women’s Open as momentum heading to Pinefurst .
Paula Hurtado of Colombia, advanced to the U.S. Women’s Open Championship after prevailing in a six person playoff for one spot. Hurtado would go on to birdie the second playoff hole, number 17 to grab the final spot. Hurtado fired round of 72-70 for a total of two-under par. Hurtado currently plays on the Smytra Tour, and was a recent graduate of Florida International University. Anya Alvarez, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was the first alternate, and Doris Chen, of Bradenton, was the second alternate.
The United States Women’s Open Championship will be conducted at Pinehurst Resort & C.C., in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on June 19-22.