Telles Qualifies For U.S. Women’s Amateur

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NORTH PLAINS, Ore. Former Oregon State golfer Seshia Telles fired a 2-over 74 at the Pumpkin Ridge Witch Hollow Golf Course on Monday to earn one of the five automatic bids to the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

It’s the second time in three years Telles has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, as she won in a playoff at a sectional qualifier in Woodburn, Ore., two years ago. Lauren Sewell, who also just finished her Oregon State career, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year when she survived a playoff at a qualifier in Elum, Wash.

The 114th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. and televised on the Golf Channel. A total of 156 players will compete over two rounds of stroke play and the top 64 will advance to match play on Aug. 7. The tournament was established in 1895 and is the leading event in the United States for female amateur golfers.

The top five golfers at the 56-player qualifier in North Plains earned automatic berths to the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Hannah O’Sullivan claimed medalist honors with a 4-under 68, while Telles, Dorsey Addicks and Krista Fenniak all tied for second with a 2-over 74. Taylor Kim punched the fifth and final ticket by winning a three-player playoff.

Telles concluded her sensational four-year Oregon State career first in scoring average (75.59), tied for fifth in top-10 finishes (7) and second in rounds played (133). On Oregon State’s single-season scoring average list, she is first (74.79 as a senior), third (75.27 as a junior), fifth (75.81 as a freshman) and 14th (76.46 as a sophomore).

A native of Tualatin, Ore., Telles shot 11 sub-par rounds at Oregon State, including a career-best 3-under 68 as a sophomore in the second round of the Stanford Intercollegiate, which equaled the second-best score in school history. She never missed a tournament in her four years as a Beaver.

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