FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORMAN – The Jimmie Austin Golf Club at the University of Oklahoma is attracting some of the top women amateur competitors in the country to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links competition June 17 through June 22. This marks the second time the U.S. Amateur Public Links competition has been held at OU.
The average age of the Women’s Amateur Public Links competitors is 19.02 years old.
Lucy Li, of Redwood City, Calif., is the championship’s youngest competitor at 10 years, 8 months and 16 days of age. She is the second-youngest player in championship history, older than Allisen Corpuz in 2008 (10 years, 3 months, 9 days) and younger than Michelle Wie in 2000 (10 years, 8 months, 23 days).
The championship’s oldest competitor is 31-year-old Rebecca Randolph, of Boise, Idaho.
There are 10 countries represented at the championship: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Thailand and the United States of America.
There are 35 states represented at the championship: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
There are three USGA champions in the field:
• Doris Chen, 20, of Bradenton, Fla. (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior);
• Kyung Kim, 19, of Chandler, Ariz. (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links); and
• Emily Tubert, 21, of Burbank, Calif. (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).
Additionally, there are two USGA runners-up in the field:
• Karen Chung, 18, of Livingston, N.J. (2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior); and
• Marissa Dodd, 19, of Allen, Texas (2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).
Emily Tubert represented the USA at the 2012 Curtis Cup Match.
Three members of the University of Southern California women’s golf team that won the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship are in the field: Doris Chen, Kyung Kim and Annie Park, 18, of Levittown, N.Y. Park, who joined the team for the spring semester, became only the seventh freshman to win the individual title. She also claimed postseason victories at the Pac-12 Championship and NCAA West Regional.
Five Women’s Amateur Public Links competitors qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship:
• Kelli Bowers, 21, of Chelan, Wash.;
• Doris Chen; Kyung Kim; Annie Park; and Emily Tubert.
Ten championship competitors are on the top 50 of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking as of June 9:
• Doris Chen (No. 38);
• Casey Danielson, 18, of Osceola, Wis. (No. 45);
• Kyung Kim (No. 10); Chirapat Jao-Javanil, 20, of Thailand (No. 12);
• Grace Na, 20, of Alameda, Calif. (24); Annie Park (No. 8);
• Krista Puisite, 22, of Latvia (No. 46);
• Kelly Shon, 21, of Flushing, N.Y. (No. 25); and
• Kelsey Vines, 22, of San Antonio, Texas (No. 41).
And three former OU players competing are:
Chirapat Jao Javanil, a past NCAA Individual Champion, and Taylor Schmidt and Anne-Catherine Tanguay.