Worldwide qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open is underway. The USGA received more than 1,500 applications for this year’s championship, which will be staged at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. for the first time.
Sectional qualifying began May 2 with several members of the LPGA Tour already punching their ticket to the season’s second major. One of the more dramatic stories coming out of qualifying belongs to Emma Talley, who has deep roots in Alabama. Talley grew up playing at Shoal Creek and played college golf at the University of Alabama. The 2018 rookie on Tour won on the first hole of a three-way playoff to earn one of four spots at Dunwoody Country Club in Georgia. Talley qualified along with fellow rookie Katelyn Dambaugh, as well as Ssu Chia Cheng and Christine Song.
Other LPGA members to qualify include Tiffany Chan of Hong Kong, Kris Tamulis and Sarah Kemp, Emily Pedersen and Maria Hernandez. Click here for more qualifying results.