Posted: June 5, 2015 5:04 pm
American college golfers Dylan Kim and Jennifer Park earned berths in the U.S. Women’s Open in Sectional qualifying Thursday at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas.
Sixty-six players competed for two spots. While those odds are long, this wasn’t on paper an especially strong field. Kim and Park both shot 75-73-148, six over par. Of the top 20 finishers, 18 were amateurs. With the LPGA tour in the Northeast in recent weeks, there were virtually no tour players in the field.
Park just completed her college career at SMU, just down the road from Lakewood. Kim is a sophomore-to-be at Baylor, which reached the finals of the NCAA team championships last week, losing in sudden death to Stanford. Kim finished fourth in the NCAAs as an individual.
The field is no nearly complete for the Women’s Open, to be played July 9-12 at Lancaster Country Club. The lone remaining qualifer will be played June 15 at Arima Royal Golf Club in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.