Rino Sasaki of Japan shot 6-under-par 66 to earn medalist honors at U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional qualifying held July 8 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
Along with Sasaki, the other four players to earn the available spots at this qualifier are Emily Baumgart of Walla Walla, Wash., who shot 3-under 69; Ellen Secor of Portland, Ore. and Therese Warner of Kennewick, Wash., each shooting 1-under 71; and Ziyi Wang of China, who survived a 3-person player to claim the final spot.
These five players will now advance to compete in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur, to be held August 5-11 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.
The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Sasaki, a sophomore on the University of Washington women’s golf team, had seven birdies on the day, with her lone bogey coming on the par-4 13th hole. Last month, Sasaki won the Washington State Women’s Amateur.
Baumgart is a two-time Washington Class B High School individual state champion, who now is a sophomore on the Washington State University women’s golf team.
Secor just finished her junior year playing on the Colorado State University women’s golf team. This past year she won her first collegiate tournament, the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate. She won the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (with CSU teammate Katrina Prendergast).
Warner was a qualifying medalist in the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Championship, and won the 2019 FCWT Junior Golf Tournament. She won the 2018 Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship.
Wang will be a senior on the Stanford University women’s golf team. In 2014 she became the youngest winner on the China LPGA Tour when she won the Xiamen Challenge at the age of 16. Also in 2014 she won the Callaway World Junior Championship.