GLEN COVE, N.Y. – When LSU sophomore Carly Ray Goldstein tees off Monday morning in the United States Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur Championship at the Nassau Country Club, she will have already survived a massive undertaking just to get to the final field of 156 contestants.
A record number of entries (1,209) attempted to qualify for this event open to any female with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 504. Goldstein won her sectional competition to advance to the championship with a round of 2-under 70.
Now she will attempt to qualify for match play in a USGA event for the second time in less than a month after advancing to the round of 64 in the USGA’s final staging of the Women’s Amateur Public Links in Washington. That tournament and the men’s public links will be replaced by new events in 2015. In that qualifying round, Goldstein shot even par 72 on Monday and then birdied the final two holes on Tuesday to shoot 2-under 70 and easily advance to match play with a 2-under 36-hole total of 142.
The Nassau Country Club will play to around 6,300 yards and a par of 70. The historic club will be hosting its third USGA championship, but its first in 100 years since hosting the 1914 USGA Women’s Amateur.
Goldstein will have the early-late tee times in qualifying in which the top 64 players after 36 holes will advance to match play. She will go off at 8:10 a.m. CT on Monday and will have a 1:10 p.m. CT tee time on Tuesday.
She will be paired with Columbia’s Alejandra Cangrejo, who was a senior on Duke’s national championship team last season, and 15-year-old Andrea Lee of California, who made the cut in the USGA Women’s Open at Pinehurst.
Former LSU golfer Meredith Duncan of Shreveport won the prestigious Cox Trophy in the women’s amateur after winning the final 36-hole match on the first hole of sudden death in 2001.
Live scoring for the event can be found at the USGA.org web site with updates at www.Facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter @LSUwomensgolf.