BATON ROUGE – LSU sophomore golfer Carly Ray Goldstein fired a 70 on Wednesday to win the sectional qualifier and advance to the field that will play for the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship Aug. 4-10 at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.
Goldstein easily qualified in a field of 103 at the Sapona Ridge Country Club in Lexington, N.C. She now moves on to try to advance in the top women’s amateur event of the calendar in this country where she will play 36 holes with the top 64 advancing to match play. The women’s amateur has a strong LSU tie to it as Shreveport’s Meredith Duncan put her name on the permanent trophy when she captured the 2001 title on the first hole of sudden death.
The Amateur will be the second USGA major that Goldstein will play in the next five weeks. The Coral Springs, Fla., native will take part in the Women’s Amateur Public Links event, July 14-19 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.
Goldstein won her qualifying round at Madison Green in West Palm Beach, shooting 68 to win by four strokes. In the process she broke the course record set by current LPGA standout Lexi Thompson.
The results for both tournaments can be followed on the USGA.org web site. Follow LSU women’s golf on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter @LSUwomensgolf.