Doolan, Hull and Yang join US Open field
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2007 US Women's Open | Preview | 13 Jun 2007
Wendy Doolan, Katherine Hull and Gold Coast based Korean, Amy Yang, will add to the Australian interest at this year’s US Women’s Open, having gained starts at the event via final qualifying this week.
The tournament, which takes place at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines near Pinehurst in North Carolina, will be played June 28th through July 1st and offers the richest purse in women’s golf at US$3,100,000.
Doolan and Hull finished third and fifth respectively at their qualifying venue in Maryland while 17-year-old, Yang claimed the only qualifying spot at her venue in Hawaii. Yang, who in 2006 won the ANZ Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast, is playing the Ladies European Tour this season on a limited schedule, while finishing her schooling at Robina High School on the Gold Coast of Australia.
The trio will join the Australians already in the field, namely Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington. Webb is exempt via multiple categories while Hetherington gains her start via her 8th placed finish in the event last year and by finishing in the last qualifying place (40th) on last year’s LPGA money list.
Albury’s Lindsey Wright who finished fourth at last week’s LPGA Championship appears not to have made the field.
Other than the one further spot remaining open for next week’s Wegman’s LPGA event in Pittsford, New York, the field is now complete.
The talk of the Sectional Qualifying was the performance of Florida’s 12-year-old Alexis Thompson, who became the youngest player to ever qualify for the event when she recorded rounds of 72 and 71 at her venue in Florida.