San José State University women's golfer Elizabeth Schultz made a par on her second playoff hole to secure a spot to the 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, August 10-16, at the Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. She is one of 156 players to qualify for the championship.
Schultz, an incoming sophomore, was one of six players who shot a 74 to tie for fifth place at the 18-hole qualifier held on July 13, at the Cameron Park Country Club. With the top-eight players advancing, the six players tied at 74 went to a playoff. Schultz made a five-foot par putt on the second hole to qualify. Fellow Spartan Regan DeGuzman was also in the group of six and is the second alternate.
Schultz shot a 39 over the first nine holes, making six pars and three bogeys. After a bogey on #10 put her a +4, she made four consecutive pars and birdies on #15, #16 and #17 to get to one-over par. However, a bogey on her final hole left her at 74 and headed into the playoff.
On her first playoff hole, Schultz had a 60-foot downhill putt for birdie, left it 12-feet short and made the par putt to advance to the second playoff hole. The second playoff hole was a par-five hole. On her third shot, she got to within 50 feet of the hole and used her two putts to make a par and advance to the championship. She was the only player to make a par on the hole.
"I am really excited to be going to the championship," said Schultz. "It is not easy to qualify for a USGA event. This course had a tough set up. I was playing pretty good early in the round but was not taking advantage of the opportunities I had. I learned I needed to patient and then the putts started to drop for me.
"When I got ready for the par putt on the first playoff hole, I knew I had to make it. I stepped up and drained it. I played conservative on the second hole, leaving myself a 120-yard third shot. I hit it to the green and the ball ended up 50 feet from the hole. I knew I had two putts to make it."
Schultz is competing in her second USGA sanctioned event in the past three summers. She played at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton, N.Y. She shot a 78 in the first round and made an eagle on the par-4 #16, just one of 11 players to make an eagle over the four rounds.
"My goal is to make match play, get a good seed and do my best."
Schultz is looking to become the third Spartan to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Juli Simpson Inkster won three straight titles in 1980, 1981 and 1982, while Pat Hurst won the championship in 1990.
Spartans Who Won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
1980 - Juli Simpson Inkster
1981 - Juli Simpson Inkster
1982 - Juli Simpson Inkster
1990 - Pat Hurst
The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship format consists of 36 holes of stroke play on August 10 and 11. Then, the format changes to match play for the final five days. The round of 64 will be played on August 12, followed by the round of 32 and 16 matches on August 13. The quarterfinals take place on August 14, semifinals on August 15 and the championship match on August 16. The match play will be shown on Fox Sports 1 from 1-4 p.m. PDT each day.
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