Tuesday’s area sports briefs: Conway’s McPherson qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open

From staff reportsMay 20, 2014 

Conway native Kristy McPherson qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open on Monday, carding an even-par 73-71–144 over 36 holes in a sectional qualifier at Hermitage Country Club.

The $3.25 million U.S. Women’s Open will be held June 19-22 at Pinehurst Resort’s No. 2 Course. It is being held the week after the men’s U.S. Open on the same course for the first time.

“This will definitely be the most special of my seven U.S. Opens,” McPherson said. “Qualifying this year has been a goal of mine since the start of the season. I just didn’t want to miss an opportunity to play in the biggest tournament close to home.”

Also qualifying from the site were amateur medalist Brooke Mackenzie Henderson of Canada at 140; Kris Tamulis of Naples, Fla., at 141; Sue Kim of Canada at 142; Dori Carter of Valdosta, Ga., at 145; and Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Canada at 145.

McPherson avoided by a shot a four-for-two playoff that went 10 holes and extended into Tuesday.

McPherson, 32, was one of the first competitors to tee off in the afternoon round, opened with back-to-back birdies and hit 16 greens in regulation en route to the 71.

“It’s a very special one to get to play in and I’m excited,” McPherson said. “I was very proud of the way I played [Monday] to get in and was happy I could step up and achieve a goal that is really important to me. I’m looking forward to Pinehurst and having family and friends there. It’s going to kind of have a home feel to it.”

In her eighth year on the LPGA Tour, McPherson tied for 18th in her first event of the 2014 season – the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic – but hasn’t finished in the top 60 since, missing five cuts in seven events. She is in this week’s field at the $1.3 million Airbus LPGA Classic presented by JTBC in Mobile, Ala.

Women’s amateur golf

Two-time defending champion Katie Rose Higgins of Charleston made four birdies in a round of 1-under-par 71 and holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the 88th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship at the 5,842-yard Wachesaw Plantation Club.

Emily Brooks of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Ashley Thompson of Clyde, N.C., are tied for second. Bailey Cocca of Myrtle Beach is tied for 10th at 76, Torey Johnson of Conway is tied for 20th at 78 and Anne Washington of Myrtle Beach is tied for 24th at 79.

Kim Case of Rock Hill and Pat Brogden of Garner, N.C., are tied for the lead in the senior division after rounds of 76. The 54-hole tournament continues Wednesday and Thursday.

Amateur golf

The Grand Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is holding a fundraising tournament Thursday at Legends Resort’s Heathland Course with a four-person captain’s choice format and 2 p.m. shotgun start.

The entry fee of $75 per player and $280 per team includes a noon-2 p.m. lunch, refreshments, and prizes for top finishers and men’s and women’s skills contest winners. Veterans have reduced entry fees. Proceeds support college scholarships for high school seniors, Wounded Warrior trips to Myrtle Beach and a Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center.

For more information or to register, contact Jerry Terwilliger at 607-331-1098 or gerald.terwilliger@yahoo.com or Greg Youngman at 943-714-5073 or gyoungman@sc.rr.com.

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