Celine Herbin will never have an easier chance to get into the USWO. If there is a second spot, I can see USC's Alyaa Abdulghany snagging it. The other 49 players need to wear name tags in their own households.
Bradenton, FL - May 3
The two best are paired in the last threesome, Haeji Kang and Gaby Ruffels. Career am Meghan Stasi missed her calling as a career am by about 60 years. Recognizable pros includes Tamulis, LeBlanc, Szokol and McPherson. Sharmila Nicollet and Courtney Harter lead the Human Barbie division. Can you believe I first saw The Pink One at Philadelphia CC 18 years ago? How about some super-senior cheesecake ... Laura Baugh?!
Pittsburgh, PA - May 4
One of the favorites in Rachel Rohanna, aka The Farmer's Wife, especially since the farm is in western PA. Two of the better pros are Marissa Steen and Jillian Hollis. I saw scrub pro Allie White at the 2009 USWO when she was in high school. Olivia Mehaffey, Megan Furtney and Rachel Kuehn are notable amateurs.
Three spots up for grabs with Sarah Kemp and Maria Torres heavily favored to get two of them. I assume Kelly Shon is taking an excused absence from her day job. Spanish Sister Harang Lee will give it a shot, as well as a couple of ams I've seen at past USWO qualifiers, Jennifer Cleary and Ohio St. bruiser Aneka Seumanutafa.
South Africa - May 13-16
The LET's Investec South African Women's Open is a de-facto qualifier, although I can't find info on how many of the top finishers will get into the USWO. Unless Laura Davies decides to show up, I think the only LPGA winner in the field is Lee-Anne Pace. A few of these players (including Celine Herbin, Luna Sobron Galmes, Harang Lee and Kim Metraux) can hit the Escape button here if they blow it during one of the U.S. qualifiers.
I'm guessing the ACC will be heavily represented here with the best-known names being Erica Shepherd, Ana Belac, Jaravee Boonchant, and Gina Kim. Jennifer Chang and Lauren Stephenson have the most mojo to get the first two spots. Other warm bodies include Alice Hewson, Gemma Dryburgh, Maia Schechter, Stephanie Na, Brittany Marchand and Vickie Hurst. I saw Sydney Yermish try to qualify in 2019 at Forsgate CC ... the volunteer lady under the 1st tee canopy asked what college she went to ... the answer was, "I'm thirteen."
Corinth, TX - May 10
Roll out the red carpet, RLB is coming ... although she might not enjoy rubbing elbows with the 'D' list, which would describe almost everyone here. Her strongest competition will come from Linsdey Weaver, Kim Kaufman, Aly LLaneza and Casey Danielson. Both Szeryk sisters will be here, along with Regina Plascencia, a first-round bottle rocket at Lancaster who inevitably crashed and burned by the end of the day.
I didn't know that Maddie Szeryk sisters played Golf. I saw Maddie win her first Cactus Tour Tournament when she turned Pro. She has been in the middle of the Symetra Tour Tournaments. She came close to top ten one year but played poorly toward the end.
Wow, 118 players using both courses at Yokohama CC. However, a closer look at the tee sheets indicate that this is predominantly a collection of wannabes and pretenders. The only current big-time JLPGAers here are Minami Katsu and Ayaka Watanabe. They usually take at least four players from this qualifier, so I would also keep an eye on Hori One & Two, Erina Hara, Eimi Koga, Akira Yamaji, Rio Ishii and Kana Mikashima. Kudos to Simin Feng for entering, as she is in FIGHT mode for her career.
They ran out of daylight in Beaumont, CA and will continue Tuesday. Five spots were available and Gimmee, Pajaree and Meechai grabbed three of them. Six players (Uehara, Sims, Strom, SJ Smith, Henseleit and Do) will fight it out for the last two.
Yui and Yani dropped out before they started and Jiwon Jeon quit after opening with 77.
April 26 - Woodburn, OR
Pos. Player Total To Par Gross R1 R2 Total Gross Details 1 Vaughn, Monica Eugene, Ore. -10 63 71 134 2 Sobron Galmes, Luna (p) Palma De Mallorca, Spain -8 68 68 136
I don't know how many spots are available at Half Moon Bay, CA. The two round scores are complete, but there are no notations on who passed. Kelly Tan (with a Calgary mailing address) is 2nd at +2 and Lucy Li is 3rd at +3. I think it is safe to assume that Juli Stinkster didn't make it at +14.
I never heard of Kathleen Scavo before ... went to U. of Oregon, graduated in 2019.
April 26 - Half Moon Bay, CA
Pos. Player Total To Par Gross R1 R2 Total Gross 1 Scavo, Kathleen Benicia +1 71 72 143 2 Tan, Kelly Calgary +2 72 72 144 3 Li, Lucy Redwood Shores +3 73 72 145
T4 Zhang-Murphy, Sophie Saratoga +6 70 78 148 T4 Cheng, Ssu Chia San Diego +6 76 72 148
April 26 - Beaumont, CA
Pos. Player Total To Par Gross R1 R2 Total Gross Details T1 Alison Lee Las Vegas, NV -3 69 72 141 T1 Pajaree Anannarukarn Bangkok, Thailand -3 68 73 141 3 Wichanee Meechai Thailand -1 72 71 143 T4 Linnea Strom Sweden E 69 75 144 T4 Sarah Jane Smith Australia E 72 72 144
Failed to Qualify CUT Ayako Uehara Naha, Japan E 72 72 144 1st Alternate CUT Esther Henseleit Hamburg, Germany E 68 76 144 2nd Alternate
Three spots are available in Alexandria, VA. Aneka S. and Sarah Kemp are locks for the first two. I don't think they'll have enough daylight today for a playoff ... two amateurs and Harang Lee are tied for third.
The name Monica Vaughn didn't ring a bell until I looked up Kathleen Scavo on the U. of Oregon sports site. From there, I learned that Vaughn joined the women's golf team as an assistant coach in 2018. Now I remember - she was that hotshot player at Arizona State and is from Oregon, which might explain how she opened with a 63.