Local qualifier for U.S. Women’s Open sees crowded field

High school and college players vie with veterans for crucial spots in Women’s U.S. Open

By Jim Bebbington

Qualifiers are being held all month throughout the country for the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open, and Tuesday’s field at Walnut Ridge Golf Preserve in Westminster attracted some of the region’s best golfers.

Madeline Bante, a senior at St. Mary’s Academy in Cherry Creek, tees off in the Colorado qualifier for the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open, on April 30, 2024. Photo by Jim Bebbington

The 2024 U.S. Women’s Open will be played from May 30 to June 2 at the Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa. Allisen Corpuz won the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

The Colorado qualifier pitted players from around the world against some of the best players in the state.

The top two finishers who earned spots in next month’s Women’s U.S. Open were Isi Gabsa of Germany, who shot 4-under-par 144, and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, who finished the day at 2-under-par 142.

 

Playing in the Westminster qualifier were:

University of Colorado women’s team members Maria Harrouch, Morgan Miller and Francesca Sumcad.

Colorado State University women’s team members Andrea Bergsdottir, Kara Kaneshiro, Katie Stinchcomb and Lacey Uchida.

University of Denver women’s team members Emma Bryant, Katarina Drocarova, Brooke McGlasson, Haven Ward, Anna Zanusso and Kaitlin Zingler.

Also in the field were University of Northern Colorado’s Timbre Shehee, defending 3A high school champion Madeline Bante, defending 4A high school champion Logan Hale as well as her Erie High School teammate Hadley Ashton, the 2022 state champ. Former Loveland High School and University of New Mexico player Lauren Lehigh was among the top amateurs after the morning rounds, posting a score of even par 72.

Professionals in the field included DU alum Alyson Bean, Epson Tour winner Celine Borge, CU alum and current LPGA Tour player Robyn Choi of Australia, CU alum Haylin Harris, Parker teaching professional Kelli McKandless and Morrison’s Turkey Creek Golf Academy professional Ashley Tait.

Logan Hale, the 2023 Colorado 4A high school state champion, prepares to play in the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier on Tuesday, April 30, at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Westminster. Photo by Jim Bebbington

 


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