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Four Buckeyes Qualify for U.S. Women’s Amateur

Four members of The Ohio State University women’s golf team have qualified to participate in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur next month in Mississippi.

Sophomores Aneka Seumanutafa and Skylar Thompson, along with junior Alanis Sakuma and senior Alex Wright, have advanced. Adeena Shears will serve as an alternate.

Seumanutafa led the Buckeye qualifying contingent by winning her qualifier with a 5-under-par 67 July 3 at Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, Virginia before Thompson posted a 2-under 70 to tie for seventh July 8 at Brookefield Country Club in Roswell, Georgia.

Wright and Shears then both teed it up in their qualifier July 11 at Walnut Grove Country Club in Dayton. Wright tied for sixth with a 1-under 71 while Shears earned an alternate spot in a tie for eighth at an even-par 72. Sakuma earned the final spot July 17 at Kapolei Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. The junior shot an even-par 72 and won a three-way playoff to take the final qualifying spot.

“We are excited about the opportunity for four of our returning Buckeyes in this year’s USGA Women’s Amateur Championship,” said Therese Hession, Ohio State women’s golf head coach. “It is the finest event in the country each year and we look forward to competing with the best in the nation. It will be a great experience and make them even better.”

The tournament will be held at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi, Aug. 5-11. Of the 156 competitors to participate in stroke play Aug. 5-6, 64 will advance to match play with the 36-hole championship match held Aug. 11.