BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State’s Melany Chong has qualified for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which will be held at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn., August 6-12.
A rising junior from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Chong qualified for the championship by earning one of three available spots at the Toronto qualifier last week. She used a 2-under-par back nine to card a 1-over 73 and tie for second place with Chloe Currie behind top qualifier Kelsey Sear (72). The trio finished ahead of 33 others vying for bids to the U.S. Women’s Amateur out of the Toronto region.
Chong will be one of 156 golfers competing at next month’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. The tournament, which is open to any female amateur whose handicap index does not exceed 5.4, received a record 1,468 entries this year. Thirty-three individuals earned exempt status into the tourney, leaving 123 spots that were up for grabs in 23 recent qualifying sites around North America.
The championship will be broadcast on FS1 from the Golf Club of Tennessee, a 6,365-yard, par-71 course. The low 64 scorers from stroke play will qualify for match play. This is the third time the tournament has been hosted in the state of Tennessee and the first since 1979.
Last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur winner was University of Texas’ Sophia Schubert, who won over Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela 6-and-5. Other recent notable champions include Danielle Kang (2010-11) and Lydia Ko (2012).
Chong is coming off a successful sophomore season for the Mountaineers that included a top-10 finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championship, individual medalist honors at the Low Country Intercollegiate and a runner-up result at the Dayton Hilton Head Invitational.