Seven Aussies & # 039; shot at history

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Becky Kay was one of two Australian women who had exemptions in this week's field.

No Australian has ever won the highlight US Women & # 39; s Amateur Championship, but we have seven women who itch to rewrite history.

Two-time champion Kelli Kuehne was needed to suppress South Australian Anne-Marie Knight in the 1995 final and no less than the legendary July Inkster to stop Tasmanian hero Lindy Goggin in an epic final from 1981.

But in an already fantastic year for Australian women's golf, a strong group of women is finally hoping to go all the way when the 119th edition of the championship starts later today.

After several brilliant qualifying achievements, a Queenslander, a Western Australian, two Victorians and three New South Wales women all earned the right to participate in the Old Waverly Golf Club at West Point, Mississippi. All will make their debut in the championship.

The Sue Wooster of the Mornington Peninsula won its way to the field as the second in last year's US Senior Women & # 39; s Amateur, while Gold Coaster Becky Kay achieved the final 156 thanks to her sixth place in the individual stand of the World Team Championship 2018 in Ireland.

The other five reached courtesy of qualifying in the United States in early July, with Steph Kyriacou of Sydney first after a fine 68 at the Westhaven Golf Club in Tennessee.

Next in the field was her NSW state teammate and oversee Doey Choi who went on to the Saticoy Club in California.

The third New South Welshwoman and recently selected Astor Trophy Australian representative Amelia Grohn, from Coffs Harbor and now Iowa State University, played excellent at Woodhill Country Club in Minnesota to earn her berth.

In-form Melburnian Gabi Ruffels was the next in, safely finishing in the top class at Redlands Country Club near her base at the University of Southern California.

And the Aussie rush was completed by the Jess Whitting of Perth, who went from Ormond Beach in Florida to the "panhandle" of the state from its base at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

As with all major USGA championships, they will each confront two rounds of qualifying matches before the top 64 players are placed and left to play a knockout match play draw starting Wednesday with a 36-hole final at the end of the week.

And the beast on which they will play, the host of the US Women's Open, is heavy. The par-72 Old Waverly layout, the first job in Mississippi to organize the famous event in its 119-year history, plays a job rating of 78 and a slope of 150.


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