Pictured (L-R): Ami Gianchandani and Kaitlyn Lee
WATCHUNG, N.J. – Qualifying for the 8th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship concluded on Wednesday as two pairs earned a guaranteed spot in the Championship via the Watchung Valley Golf Club qualifier. Ami Gianchandani and Kaitlyn Lee combined to card an impressive bogey-free 6-under par 66 to claim medalist honors.
“It was a pretty even split of who was making the putts, who was hitting greens, and we definitely had each other's backs out there today. That was the key,” reflected Gianchandani.
The duo certainly did have each other’s backs, with Lee, of Scarsdale, New York carding three birdies, and Gianchandani, 2021 New Jersey Women's Amatuer Champions carding four birdies.
“We didn't make a bogey, which was huge out here. We were able to go for some putts because our partner was in the hole and stuff like that. So it was a lot of fun today,” Gianchandani said.
The Yale University teammates have been here before.
“Kaitlyn was my partner from two years ago where we medaled in the stroke play portion,” Gianchandani said. “I'm super excited to be doing it with her again. Both of us were just at Chambers Bay (U.S. Women’s Amateur) and we're happy to be going back to Washington for this.”
Angelina Tolentino and Megan Meng claimed the final qualifying spot, carding a 4-under par 68 and then outlasting Kennedy Swedick and Angelina Kim in a two-hole playoff.
“We both stayed pretty calm on 17 and 18,” said Tolentino of the playoff. “We just tried to keep the pressure off each other and support each other,” Meng added.
This past year, Tolentino and Meng earned a trip to the 7th edition of the championship, making it all the way to the Round of 32 after finishing in 3rd in the stroke play portion of the National Championship.
“We both know each other really well and know what both of our games are like so we kind of, ham-and-egg it. Megan’s the egg and I’m the ham,” joked Tolentino.
The Championship will take place from May 13-17, 2023 at The Home Course in DuPont, Washington.
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