The Buckinghamshire Golf Club played host to the U.S Women’s Open European qualification as 74 players fought it out over two rounds to claim the four available spaces for the major championship.
Carly Booth and Caroline Hedwall topped the leaderboard after 36 holes to qualify automatically. Both were tied at the top with a score of one under par in difficult conditions. The final two places went to Kelsey MacDonald and Meghan MacLaren following a play-off as Valdis Thora Jonsdottir fell short.
Following her round a delighted Carly Booth said: “It was a roller coaster out there. The wind was switching and it was raining sideways. It was like a battlefield, but I stayed strong, positive and patient.”
Solheim Cup star, Caroline Hedwall was equally delighted: “When I played the first round I was just feeling that even par was going to be a good score today and I just tried to hang in there, to be honest. It was really, really tough: very windy and we got some rain. I’m just really happy with my game.”
Whilst Meghan MacLaren might be playing her rookie season on the Ladies European Tour, she showed no nerves as she claimed her spot among the elite of Women’s golf. “Following qualification she said: “This is the first time I’ve come to qualifying, so to suddenly be in the US Women’s Open, I’ve never played in a Major before, so it will be amazing to play against the best players in the world and I can’t wait!”
Kelsey MacDonald will make her second appearance at the U.S Women’s Open since her fist back in 2004. “This is my second US Women’s Open, as I qualified here for the first one three years ago and I played at Pinehurst. It was a bit daunting, so I know that this year I will enjoy the experience a lot more and feel more comfortable. I just can’t wait. I’m buzzing!”
The 72nd U.S Women’s Open will take place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J on the 13th-17th July.