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10 noteworthy players who advanced through qualifying for the 79th U.S. Women’s Open

By admin May21,2024

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As the 79th U.S. Women’s Open draws near, a number of noteworthy players have conquered the 36-hole qualifying gauntlet. A total of 23 sites across the U.S. and three international qualifiers were held from April 15 to May 20.

The field of 156 will compete May 30 to June 2 at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It will be the second time the club has hosted the championship.

Birdie Kim was the last player to win the U.S. Women’s Open after advancing through qualifying in 2005. Last year at Pebble Beach Golf Links, 18 qualifiers made the 36-hole cut.

Megha Ganne plays her shot from the third tee during the final round of the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Stanford sophomore led the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club after a first-round 67, becoming the first amateur to lead/co-lead after any U.S. Women’s Open round since 2006. She shot 71-72 over the next two rounds and was only four strokes off the lead entering Sunday. Ganne ultimately tied for 14th.

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Reynolds, who turns turns 40 in September, qualified for her third U.S. Women’s Open by birdieing the last two holes at a qualifier in Alexandria, Virginia. The last time Reynolds qualified for a Women’s Open was 2009 at Saucon Valley, back when she was the top player on what’s now the Epson Tour. The 5-foot-2 Reynolds garnered plenty of attention back then when she played her way into contention.

“I really didn’t know if this would happen again,” said Reynolds, who currently holds no tour status of any kind.

Lucy Li lines up a putt on the ninth green during the second round of the 2024 JM Eagle LA Championship at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

Ten years after Lucy Li  became the youngest to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 11, the now 21-year-old Li is in her second year competing on the LPGA. An online student at the University of Pennsylvania, Li turned professional in 2019 at age 17.

Gabriela Ruffels plays her shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the 2024 Cognizant Founders Cup at Upper Montclair Country Club. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

Ruffels, a rookie on the LPGA, will make her fifth Women’s Open appearance. The former U.S. Women’s Amateur champ tied for 13th at the 2020 USWO in Houston. She has a trio of third-place finishes so far this season.

Aine Donegan reacts after putting on the second green during the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships Abu Dhabi Golf Club. (Photo: Martin Dokoupil/Getty Images)

LSU’s Donegan made headlines last year when she enjoyed a strong start to the festivities at Pebble Beach despite starting the week without her golf clubs. When the Irishwoman arrived in San Francisco after 30 hours of travel, her clubs did not. The airport assured her they would arrive the next day. When they didn’t, the 21-year-old played her first practice round at Pebble Beach Golf Links with a courtesy set of Ping clubs.

She ultimately tied for 45th.

Caroline Masson on day one of the 2024 T-Mobile Match Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images)

Germany’s Masson has played in number of Women’s Opens, but this will be her first as a mom. Masson shot 64-67 to medal at the Haworth Country Club site in New Jersey. The 35-year-old came back to the LPGA in March after giving birth to son Benton in April 2023. Her husband, Jason McDede, caddies for Nelly Korda.

Asterisk Talley plays her shot from the fourth tee during the third round of the 2024 Mizuho Americas Open at Liberty National Golf Club. (Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Talley, one of America’s brightest up-and-coming junior stars, finished second to Ruffels in Fresno, Caflifornia, with rounds of 68-69 to qualify for her first U.S. Women’s Open. The 15-year-old Talley recently won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Sarah Lim for her first USGA title. Talley also won the Sage Valley Invitational earlier this spring and finished eighth at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

This mom and former LPGA player turned instructor and beauty queen shot 69-71 to medal at The Club at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Florida. The 35-year-old Michaels was a rookie on the LPGA in 2012 and tied for 20th at the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster in 2015.

Stephanie Kyriacou looks on from the second tee during the final round of the 2024 Cognizant Founders Cup at Upper Montclair Country Club. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old Aussie has played in a number of majors, but this will be her first U.S. Women’s Open. A two-time LET champion, Kyriacou has a pair of top-20 finishes this year on the LPGA and is ranked 87th in the world.

Rohanna, a 33-year-old mother of two, qualified for her fourth Women’s Open by taking medalist honors at Shannopin Country Club. This will be an especially meaningful championship for Rohanna in her home state of Pennsylvania. The Waynesburg native rented a four-bedroom house for the week, but given the number of family members who plan to make the trip, might need to secure more space.

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