WEST ORANGE, N.J. – On an unusually chilly June day, six golfers advanced to the 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, as the New Jersey State Golf Association hosted qualifying at Crestmont Country Club (par 72; 6,293 yards) on Wednesday afternoon.
Jennifer Cleary, an incoming junior at the University of Virginia shot a 2-under par 70 to earn medalist honors. The Delaware native will be making her first appearance in the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
“I hit it pretty well,” said Cleary following her round. “The conditions were pretty tough, the course was pretty tough out there, so I just figured if I just kept steady, made a lot of pars, hit a lot of greens then it would be good.”
2021 New Jersey Women’s Amateur Champion, Ami Gianchandani finished right behind Cleary with a 1-under par 71. Her round was highlighted by an eagle on No. 5, a 354-yard par 4.
She will be competing in her second National Championship this year, making a trip to the U.S. Women’s Open earlier in June.
“Golf is all about getting experience and learning from when you play well and you don't play well,” Gianchandani commented. “This will be my 10th USGA Championship and hopefully the first nine have taught me and trained me well.”
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Jennifer Cleary, Justice Bosio, Ami Gianchandani, Nicole Abelar, Tomi Arejola, & Jennifer Rosenberg are all headed to the #USWomensAm in August! pic.twitter.com/lAFUdHdh19
Also advancing through qualifying on Tuesday was Justice Bosio, Nicole Abelar, Tomi Arejola and Jennifer Rosenberg.
Bosio, Abelar and Arejola will all be representing their home countries in Australia and the Philippines, respectively.
“It's one of the tournaments I've been looking forward to since I live in another country,” expressed Abelar. “To represent as a Filipino, to be in the U.S. Amateur, it’s a big opportunity.”
Rosenberg, of New York shot a 3-over par 75 and then survived a three-hole playoff between Grace Lu, Rylie Heflin and Lauren Peter to claim the final spot at Crestmont.
The championship will be conducted August 8-14, 2022 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifiers (Hometown)
Jennifer Cleary (Wilmington, Del.); (-2) 70
Justice Bosio (Caboolture, Australia); (-1) 71
Ami Gianchandani (Watchung, N.J.); (-1) 71
Nicole Abelar (Mandaluyong, Philippines); (E) 72
Tomi Arejola (Hackensack, N.J.); (+1) 73
Jennifer Rosenberg (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.); (+3) 75
Rylie Heflin (Avondale, Pa.); (+3) 75 (First Alternate)
Grace Lu (Edison, N.J.) ; (+3) 75 (Second Alternate)
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