Aug. 1, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma golfers Kendall Dye (Edmond, Okla.) and Ellen Mueller (Evansville, Ind.) will wrap up their busy summers by competing in the 108th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, to be held Aug. 4-10 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
Dye, a senior, punched her qualifying ticket to the tournament by shooting a 72 at the Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan., on Tuesday, July 29. She is coming off of a third-place finish at the Women's Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship earlier this week.
"It's my first time to qualify and make it to the U.S. Amateur tournament," Dye said. "It's the icing on the cake to a really successful summer. I'd like to make it to match play and go as far as I can from there."
Mueller, a sophomore, carded a 76 at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis, Ind., to qualify. For Mueller, this year's U.S. Amateur offers a second opportunity to advance her game on a national stage. She hopes her experience in the 2007 event will help her next week.
"It's an honor to represent OU," Mueller said. "During the summer, it's different than playing with the team. You're trying to get experience for your own golf game and future. My top goal this year is to make it to match play."
OU head coach Carol Ludvigson holds confidence in both golfers.
"We're very excited for both of them to be there and hope it'll be a fun time," Ludvigson said. "Kendall is very good in stroke play. Ellen is also very good in stroke play, and has experience in match play."
A total of 156 qualifying players from across the country will tee off Monday, Aug. 4 at the ECC. The Women's Amateur conducts 36 holes of stroke-play during qualifying. Then the low 64 scorers advance to match-play, with the top finisher decided by a 36-hole match-play final.
Stay updated with live scoring of the championship at www.uswamateur.org
In the past two years, Golf Digest has ranked Eugene Country Club among America's top 100 golf courses. The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship was first held in 1895 as one of the United States Golf Association's first three tournaments.