Stockbridge, Ga.--Georgia State golfer Laura Sanchez earned a berth in the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship after a playoff in Monday's qualifier held at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge.
Sanchez, a rising junior from Bogota, Colombia, fired a two-over-par 74 on the 6,462-yard layout at Eagles Landing, which serves as the home course for the GSU women's program. She was one of five players who shot 74, necessitating a playoff to determine the final four automatic qualifying spots and the first alternate. But before the playoff could begin, severe weather moved into the area and forced play to be delayed at 4:56 p.m. Forty-five minutes later at 5:38 p.m., the weather cleared and play resumed.
After the first playoff hole (No. 18), Allie Knight of Knoxville, Tenn., Kaew Preamchuen of Kennesaw, Ga., and Diana Fernandez of Paraguay all birdied to earn automatic qualifying spots.
Sanchez and Laura Wearn of Charlotte, N.C., remained tied, so they moved on to the second playoff hole (No. 10) to determine the final automatic qualifying spot and first alternate position. Sanchez then birdied No. 10 to clinch the final automatic qualifying spot into the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Wearn will be the first alternate.
During her round, Sanchez made five birdies, while carding a three-under par 33 on the front nine at Eagle's Landing.
The 112th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be held at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6-12, 2012. Entries were open to female amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4. The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.
Georgia State sophomore Lauren Court of Lawrenceville, Ga., also competed in the qualifier but shot 79. That placed her in a tie for 38th among the 93 entrants.