Prange and Shin Join Mackenzie at U.S. Amateur
June 30, 2005
Seattle - Washington women's golfers Amber Prange and Kim Shin will join teammate Paige Mackenzie at this year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship after advancing through local qualifying events. Mackenzie earned an exemption to the event after placing 13th at the U.S. Women's Open. This year's U.S. Amateur will be contested Aug. 1-7 at the Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.
Prange, a junior at UW, finished third at the qualifying tournament held at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, Ill. She shot 73 to placed 3rd overall
Shin, a sophomore, advanced after winning a three-way playoff for the final position at the qualifier held at the Bellingham Country Club. Shin shot 74 and was one of five golfers in the field of 39 to advance. Husky sophomore Courtney McCracken failed in her effort to qualify from the same site.
The U.S. Women's Amateur, the third oldest of the USGA championships, was first played in 1895 at Meadowbrook Club in Hempstead, N.Y. The event is open to any female amateur who has a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4. The Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.