June 20, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma junior Ellen Mueller and incoming freshman Taylor Schmidt will compete in the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Golf Championship June 22-27 at the par-72 Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Mass. The tournament will be conducted by the United States Golf Association.
Mueller, who stands third on OU's all-time stroke average list (76.57), will compete in her third consecutive USWAPL Championship. The Evansville, Ind., native qualified for this year's tournament by advancing to the round of 16 at last year's U.S. Women's Amateur in Eugene, Ore.
Last summer at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Mueller advanced to match play where she defeated top-seeded Lizette Salas (2 & 1) in her first match before falling in the round of 32.
Schmidt, who signed with the Sooners in the fall of 2008, will participate in her first U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. The Ontario, Canada, product gained her spot in this year's competition by firing a 75 at the Totteridge Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa., in June.
Schmidt has already performed well in notable events. She finished 16th at the 2008 Canadian Junior Championships with a 1-under 71 and finished 11th at the 2008 Ontario Junior Championships.
The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship is open to any female amateur golfer who is a bona fide public course player whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 18.4. The USGA conducts 13 national championships during the year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.