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Whitney qualifies for U.S. Women's amateur tournament

Whitney. Tribe Athletics photo.

Whitney. Tribe Athletics photo.

BARRINGTON, R.I. - William and Mary sophomore Sarah Whitney (Hingham, Mass.) completed a great two-week stretch of golf yesterday by earning her first qualification to the U.S. Women’s Amateur with a 2-over 74 at the Rhode Island Country Club. Based on the College’s archives, she is the first Tribe golfer to qualify to the Women’s Amateur while still an undergraduate.

Competing in humid and windy conditions along the Atlantic shore, Whitney tied for second with Princeton’s Susannah Aboff, one stroke behind Marika Lendl of Central Florida on the 6,450 yard course. Four players out of the 33 competing qualified for the championship, which will be held August 4-10 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.

Whitney’s qualification came at the end of a great two-week period for the rising sophomore, as she also tied for second at the New England Women’s Amateur June 24-26. Competing at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye, New Hampshire, Whitney carded rounds of 78-73-76 (227, +11) to finish three strokes back of Mary Chamberlain, a rising junior at CAA-rival James Madison University. Whitney’s second round 73 (+1) was the best round of that day.

Whitney’s freshman year at the College was one to remember, as she competed in all 25 of the team’s rounds and posted a 79.76 scoring average, the third-best in school history for a freshman and the 14th-best all-time. She posted a head-to-head record of 442-316-21, and had her best finish of the year at the First Market Bank Intercollegiate at Ford’s Colony, where she tied for eighth out of 113. Whitney also posted a top-ten finish at the CAA Championships, tying for 10th at the Golden Horseshoe to help the Tribe to a third-place team finish.

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