CAMERON PARK, Calif. - UC Davis freshman Yoonhee Kim shot a 5-under-par 67 to capture individual medalist honors while sophomore Samantha Hutchison shot an even-par 72 in a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifying tournament at Cameron Park Country Club Monday. Both Aggies advance to the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship, held at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California, on August 7-13.UC Davis owns a strong history at the U.S. Amateur. Demi Runas qualified for match play both in 2011 and 2012. In her first year, she advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Danielle Kang, then a freshman at Pepperdine and now best known for winning last weekend’s LPGA Championship. Amy Simanton (2012), Alice Kim (2009) and Chelsea Stelzmiller (2008) also advanced from the stroke-play rounds to the match-play portion of the tourney in their respective years. Success at the tourney has not been limited to the Aggie student-athletes, as then assistant coach Lauren Dobashi reached match play during the 111th running of the U.S. Am in 2011. In all, Kim and Hutchison represent the 10th and 11th berths in the U.S. Amateur in program history. The complete list of Aggie qualifiers comprises assistant coach Lynne Cowan (2007), Stelzmiller (2008, 2009), Kim (2009), Dobashi (2009, 2011), Runas (2011, 2012) and Simanton (2012). Honorable mentions go to recent graduate Paige Lee, who competed at the tournament as a 16-year-old; and Madison Wood, a Newbury Park High School senior who will join UC Davis as a freshman this fall. Aggie golfers have also enjoyed appearances in such national tournaments as the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Canadian National Amateur. Of course, the most notable feats belong to Kim, Stelzmiller and Lee, each of whom qualified as amateurs to the U.S. Open in 2009, 2009 and 2014, respectively. Available to any female amateur whose USGA Handicap Index is 5.4 or better, the U.S. Am consists of two rounds of stroke play during the first two days, then pares down to a 64-competitor match-play bracket during that Wednesday through Sunday. The first and third rounds, quarterfinals, semifinals and afternoon 18 of the championship match will be televised on Fox Sports 1. All other match play will be streamed to the usga.com website. U.S. Women’s Amateur website: http://www.usga.org/championships/2017/u-s--women-s-amateur.html.
Danielsson, Hutchison head to
San Francisco Regional