U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying
Half Moon Bay GL
May 21, 2012
HALF MOON BAY – Two teenagers “Stoll” the show at the U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying at Half Moon Bay GL on Monday. Gigi Stoll a 15 year-old from Beaverton, Ore. shot the low 36-hole score, posting a 2-under par 142 and she was closely followed by 14 year-old Hannah O’Sullivan of Cupertino, who finished alone in second at 1-under par 143. The two players’ scores shot well enough to qualify for this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc. July 5-8, and they will be joined by Mo Martin, the third qualifying participant.
Stoll’s sensational play over the final 18 holes, allowed her to post a round of 5-under par 67 and find herself atop the leaderboard. After converting just one birdie in the morning, Stoll converted seven birdies in the afternoon including a seven-hole stretch where she made six birdies. It started with a birdie on the fourth hole and then five straight birdies on holes six through 10, putting her at 6-under par for the round. She took a couple steps backwards taking bogeys on Nos. 11 and 14, but returned to her solid play birdieing No. 16, the seventh birdie of her round.
O’Sullivan, an NCGA member, co-led after the morning 18 holes with a 1-under par 71. She followed that with an even-par 72 in the afternoon. The Olympic Club member’s even-par afternoon score was anything but straight pars as it included six birdies, two bogeys and two double-bogeys. After playing much of her round at even par or 1-over for the first 14 holes, O’Sullivan got hot late in the round making three straight birdies on 15, 16 and 17 before taking a double bogey on the 18th. O’Sullivan, having only turned 14 years-old less than two weeks ago is the fourth youngest participant to ever qualify for a U.S. Women’s Open.
Martin, the lone professional to qualify from the site, tied for third in regulation at 1-over par 145 with amateur Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif. Martin of Altadena, Calif. earned her spot after Lee had to withdraw from the playoff due to the inability to play in a playoff on Tuesday morning. With the last players finishing at dusk, a playoff was logistically not possible Monday night. Lee, 17, had high school finals on Tuesday and had to travel back to Southern California that night. Lee earned the first alternate spot, while Hannah Yun of Bradenton, Fla. finished alone in fifth at 2-over par 146, good enough for second alternate.