It runs August 8 thru 14 at Chamber's Bay ... to borrow a 2015 phrase from Rory M., are they still putting on broccoli over there? A few big names are skipping it, most notably The Zhangster, but there are still a lot of familiar faces to me in this one, including Heck, Kajitani, Migliaccio, Castle, Amari, Ganne and Kuehn. My overachiever pick is Cannuck Brooke Rivers, who looked overage at KJ Choi's 2019 junior event at Fiddler's Elbow and had plenty of power to burn. Only one ROK flag in the field - Bohyun Park, a Texas import. BTW, Jiyoo Lim is 7th on WAGR and is not here ... was low am with a T-7 at the KWO ... did the KGA cheap out and not help her get into this one?
Another familiar face is Kelly Sim (rear position), who just finished her 4th year at Northwestern ... don't know if she has any additional golf eligibility there, courtesy of The Bug.
Amari is this week's USGA pet ... not that there's anything wrong with that.
I'm curious how much her skin color attracts the media attention.
She is tailor-made for the pathetically weak and predictably woke GIC.
Now listen to The Expert: She's a serious baller who will make people forget about Cheyenne Woods and Mo Stacks ... watched her as a grip-it-and-rip-it 14-year-old at Echo Lake (even though she launched a few UFOs) ... saw her reach a tough par-5 in two last year at Mountain Ridge while the pros playing with her couldn't do that. Finished her first year at USC with three wins and a scoring average of 71.64, two-plus strokes better than everyone else on her team.
BEAUMONT, CA - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Girls 10-11 age group top three overall finshers Amari Avery, third place, Lucy Li, first place, and Michelle Chang, second place, pose for a photograph during the regional finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet on August 17, 2013 in Beaumont, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images for the DC&P Championship)
I turned on the Wed. broadcast ... the repaired greens look so much better compared to the 2015 fiasco. Hardly any spectators, looks like brutal walk in the wilderness ... little buzz and nothing like the USWA events I attended in the surburbs of Philly and NYC. At least there is no infrastructure to ruin the views.
Amari dropped the 1st hole ... I assume we'll see some of her later. The Yale Librarian is one-up after two holes against a tough player in Seay. Kajitani is going out in the final match in four minutes.
From Monday ... this is actually a conservative look for Ina Kim-Schaad.