Downs wins event, French Qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links

June 14, 2010

With spring term finals behind them and summer school just getting underway the women of the Oregon State women's golf program remain busy refining their game and ultimately preparing for next season.

Recently a couple key members of the OSU women's golf program added to their personal highlight reels. Junior-to-be Whitney French qualified to play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship (WAPL) while assistant coach Kailin Downs won her first tournament since regaining her amateur status.

In her sectional qualifier earlier this month, French used a 4-over 76 on the Great Blue Course at Heron Lakes in Portland to finish second to secure her invitation to the WAPL. The Women's Am Public Links will be played at The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame (Ind.), a 6,096-yard, par-71 course, June 21-26.

Downs, who recently regained her amateur status after spending nearly three years as a professional, playing mostly on the LPGA Tour's developmental Future's Tour, won a tournament for the first time since early 2008. Playing her first tournament as an amateur, Downs finished at 4-over (71-77) 148 at the Bend Ladies Invitational at the Bend Golf and Country Club, to edge out several current and former college golfers.

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