U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR FOUR-BALL
5th U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball: Inside the Field April 22, 2019 | Jacksonville, Fla. By Amy Morton, USGA

Mid-amateurs Dawn Woodard (left) and Meghan Stasi have qualified for every U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship. (USGA/JD Cuban)

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The average age of the field is 20.3, the youngest of any U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Avery Zweig, 12, of McKinney, Texas, is the championship’s youngest competitor, followed by Kiara Romero, 13, of San Jose, Calif.

Kiara Romero and Athena Nguyen, 15, of San Jose, Calif., form the youngest side in the field with an average age of 14. Five sides have an average age of 14.5: Sara Im, 14, of Duluth, Ga., and Thienna Huynh, 15, of Lilburn, Ga.; Sophie Linder, 14, of Carthage, Tenn., and Karoline Tuttle, 15, of Lake Mary, Fla.; Alexa Pano, 14, of Lake Worth, Fla., and Amari Avery, 15, of Riverside, Calif.; Allyn Stephens, 14, of Houston, Texas, and Paris Hilinski, 15, of La Quinta, Calif.; and Avery Zweig, 12 of McKinney, Texas, and Cory Lopez, 17 of Mexico.

The championship’s oldest competitor is Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif., followed by Leeann Lewis, 55, of West Gilgo Beach, N.Y.

McConnell and Lewis represent the oldest side in the field with an average age of 56.5. Evelyn Orley, 52, of Cardiff, Calif., and Anna Morales, 49, of Austin, Texas, are the second-oldest side with an average age of 50.5.

The side with the largest age difference of 30 years is the mother-daughter duo of

Kay Daniel, 48, and Abbey Daniel, 18, of Covington, La.

U.S. States Represented —There are 30 states represented in the championship: Alabama (1), Arizona (2), Arkansas (1), California (22), Florida (19), Georgia (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (7), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Louisiana (2), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Nevada (3), New Jersey (2), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina (5), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (5), Texas (11), Utah (2), Virginia (3) and Washington (2).

International—There are 10 countries represented in the championship: Canada (1), Colombia (1), People's Republic of China (2), Mexico (5), Peru (1), Singapore (1), Republic of Korea (1) Sri Lanka (1), Thailand (1), and the United States of America (115).

There are nine USGA champions in the field:

  • Kelsey Chugg, 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah (2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Lauren Greenlief, 28, of Ashburn, Va. (2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Shannon Johnson, 36, of Sioux Falls, S.D. (2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind. (2013, 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Katrina Prendergast, 21, of Sparks, Nev. (2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
  • Ellen Secor, 21, of Portland, Ore. (2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
  • Erica Shepherd, 18, of Greenwood, Ind. (2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
  • Meghan Stasi, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif. (1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)

There are seven USGA runners-up in the field:

  • Kelsey Chugg, 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah (2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Sammi Lee, 24, of Winter Park, Fla. (2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
  • Shannon Johnson, 36, of Sioux Falls, S.D. (2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind. (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Alexa Pano, 14, of Lake Worth, Fla. (2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
  • Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 42, of Sri Lanka (2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Mary Ellen Shuman, 24, of St. Simons Island, Ga. (2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)

There are two past USA Curtis Cup players in the field:

  • Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif. (1988)
  • Meghan Stasi, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2008)

There are two sister teams in the field:      

  • Whitney Britton, 28, of Monarch Beach, Calif. & Avery French, 24, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Maria Alejandra Ferrer Alvarez, 15, of Mexico & Maria Paula Ferrer Alvarez, 17, of Mexico
  • (Note: Sisters Kiara Romero and Kaleiya Romero, of San Jose, Calif., are in the field, but competing with separate partners)

There is one mother-daughter team in the field:

  • Abbey Daniel, 18, of Covington, La. & Kay Daniel, 48, of Covington, La.

There are 11 sides consisting of current, future or former college teammates:

  • Rebecca Dinunzio, 17, Norfolk, Va. & Alyssa Montgomery, 18, Knoxville, Tenn. – Virginia Tech
  • Sadie Englemann, 16, Austin, Texas & Rachel Heck, 17, Memphis, Tenn. – Stanford
  • Adrienne Farrow, 38, New Albany, Ind. & Cara Stuckey, 38, Terre Haute, Ind. – Indiana
  • Haley Greb, 19, of Pendleton, Ore. & Jessica Sloot, 21, of Fruit Heights, Utah – Colorado State
  • Haylin Harris, 19, of Carmel, Ind. & Valery Plata, 17, of Colombia – Michigan State
  • Sammi Lee, 24, Winter Park, Fla. & Mary Ellen Shuman, 24, St. Simons Island, Ga. – Georgia
  • Marissa Mar, 27, San Francisco, Calif. & Lila Thomas, 29, Dallas, Texas – Stanford
  • Anna Morales, 49, Austin, Texas & Evelyn Orley, 52, Cardiff, Calif. – Duke
  • Holland Shourds, 21, Riverside, Calif. & Haley Tygret, 22, Gardena, Calif – Long Beach State
  • Erica Shepherd, 18, Greenwood, Ind. & Megan Furtney, 18, South Elgin, Ill. – Duke
  • Katrina Prendergast, 21, Sparks, Nev. & Ellen Secor, 21, Portland, Ore. – Colorado State

11 intact sides competed in last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif. (click here for results):

  • Katrina Prendergast / Ellen Secor (Champions)
  • Megan Furtney / Erica Shepherd (Semifinalists)
  • Lauren Gomez / Olivia Yun (Round of 16)
  • Kynadie Adams / Rachel Kuehn (Round of 16)
  • Meghan Stasi / Dawn Woodard (Round of 16)
  • Jillian Bourdage / Casey Weidenfeld (Round of 32)
  • Whitney Britton / Avery French (Round of 32)
  • Holland Shourds / Haley Tygret (Round of 32)
  • Megan Buck / Shannon Johnson (MC)
  • Lauren Greenlief / Katie Miller (MC)
  • Mari Miezwa / Thuhashini Selvaratnam (MC)

19 players in the field hail from Florida:

  • Alexa Pano, 14, Lake Worth
  • Jacqueline Putrino, 14, Sarasota
  • Kaitlyn Schroeder, 14, Jacksonville
  • Elle Nachmann, 15, Boca Raton
  • Karoline Tuttle, 15, Lake Mary
  • Yoonmin Han, 16, Bradenton
  • Madison Hewlett, 16, Oldsmar
  • Lisa Marie Rudometkin, 16, Wesley Chapel
  • Casey Weidenfeld, 16, Pembroke Pines
  • Jillian Bourbage, 17, Tamarac
  • Laura Edmonds, 17, Weston
  • Kayla Holden, 17, Coral Springs
  • Brittany Shin, 17, Cape Coral
  • Celeste Valinho, 17, Jacksonville
  • Summer Moser, 22, Lutz
  • Taylor Tomlinson, 22, Gainesville
  • Sammi Lee, 24, Winter Park
  • Shannon Aubert, 23, Championsgate
  • Meghan Stasi, 40, Fort Lauderdale

General Player Notes

Kynadie Adams, 15, of Gallatin, Tenn. and Rachel Kuehn, 17, of Asheville, N.C.

Adams and Kuehn return after reaching the Round of 16 last year. Adams also competed in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur and is a two-time Drive, Chip & Putt national finalist. Kuehn, who will play at Wake Forest University this fall, is a 2017 Rolex All-American and North Carolina Junior Player of the Year. She has played in the last three U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships, advancing to the Round of 32 in 2018. Kuehn’s mother, Brenda, played in six U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships, nine U.S. Women’s Opens, 13 U.S. Women’s Amateurs and competed on two USA Curtis Cup Teams. Brenda competed in the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open while eight months pregnant with Rachel. Rachel represented the Dominican Republic in the 2018 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (her mom was born there before becoming a U.S. citizen).

Amari Avery, 15, of Riverside, Calif. and Alexa Pano, 14, of Lake Worth, Fla.

Avery and Pano both appeared in the 2013 documentary film, “The Short Game,” a film centered around the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. Avery is playing in her second USGA championship, having advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Pano finished runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior and qualified for match play in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Pano made her LPGA Tour debut last year as a 13-year-old, has won two Drive, Chip & Putt age-group titles and was a member of the 2018 USA Junior Ryder Cup team. In April, she was invited to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Melena Barrientos, 15, of Plano, Texas and Calynne Rosholt, 16, of Cedar Park Texas

Barrientos is playing in her second USGA championship, having advanced to the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Avery Zweig. She is active on the junior golf circuit in Texas, participating in U.S. Kids Golf, Texas Legends Junior Tour and AJGA tournaments. Rosholt made it to the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with her sister, Chandler, as her partner. She is playing in her third USGA championship.  

Jillian Bourdage, 17, of Tamarac, Fla. and Casey Weidenfeld, 16, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Bourdage and Weidenfeld are playing in their second U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together after advancing to the Round of 32 last year. They are also high school teammates at American Heritage, where they’ve led the Patriots to two Florida Class 2A titles. Bourdage, who will play at Ohio State this fall, won the Florida 2A individual state title in 2017. Weidenfeld, who plans to play at Auburn in 2021, won the same individual title in 2018. She is also a passionate writer and has published two books in the last four years and is currently editing a third. Her first book, “The Golden Flares,” was published in 2015 and follows Fallon, an orphaned outlaw caught in the politics of a civil war.

Whitney Britton, 28, of Monarch Beach, Calif. and Avery French, 24, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

The sisters are playing in their third consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together after advancing to the Round of 32 the last two years. Britton, an operations manager for an IT consulting company, is playing in her ninth USGA championship. Her highest finish came in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (semifinals), losing to eventual champion Lauren Greenlief. French, an auditor for an accounting firm, played at UC Irvine, earning second-team All-Big West honors in 2016-2017.

Megan Buck, 30, of Norton, Mass. and Shannon Johnson, 36, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

The two Bay State residents are playing in their second U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together. Buck, an apparel sales representative, was a three-time Big Sky Conference All-Academic selection at Northern Arizona University. Johnson, a field representative for a major golf manufacturer, graduated from Indiana University in 2006. She won the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis after finishing as the runner-up in 2016. She has competed in 13 USGA championships. During the winter months, Johnson plays ice hockey. Buck caddied for Johnson in the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs.

Kelsey Chugg, 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind.

Chugg and Potter-Bobb have combined to win three U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles, but are teaming up for the first time in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Chugg, the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and 2018 runner-up, is playing in her 11th USGA championship. She is the associate director for the Salt Lake City golf division. Potter-Bobb, a two-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2013, 2016) and the only left-handed golfer to hold multiple USGA titles, currently serves as the director of member services for the Indiana Golf Office.

Caroline Curtis, 17, of Richmond, Va. and Ashley Gilliam, 17, of Manchester, Tenn.

Curtis, who will play at Alabama this fall, is playing in her third USGA championship. She advanced to the Round of 64 in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Gilliam, set to play for Mississippi State this fall, has qualified for her sixth USGA championship. She was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior and was a member of the winning Tennessee team at the final USGA Women’s State Team Championship in 2017. She is also a two-time Drive, Chip & Putt National finalist.

Abbey Daniel, 18, Covington, La. and Kay Daniel, 48, of Covington, La.

Abbey and Kay are playing as a mother-daughter side for the second time in this championship (missed cut in 2017). Abbey will play for Mississippi State this fall, the same school where her mom played from 1989-92. She won the 2018 Louisiana Women’s Amateur and competed in last year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur. Kay won the 2005 Louisiana Women’s Amateur and has played in 21 USGA championships.

Rebecca Dinunzio, 17, of Norfolk, Va. and Alyssa Montgomery, 18, Knoxville, Tenn.

The two will join the Virginia Tech women’s golf team this fall as incoming freshmen. Dinunzio competed in last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and was a member of the Virginia team in the 19th Virginia-Maryland Junior Girls’ Matches. Montgomery is competing in her first USGA championship. She won the Girls 14-15 age group of the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

Laura Edmonds, 17, of Weston, Fla. and Elle Nachmann, 15, of Boca Raton, Fla.

Nachmann qualified for four USGA championships in 2017, and advanced to match play at both the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Girls’ Junior. Her mother, Luanne Spadea-Nachmann, played tennis at Duke and her uncle, Vince Spadea, was ranked as high as No. 18 on the ATP Tour in 2005. Her brother, Alec, qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur. In 2017, she won the Florida State Four-Ball with Dana Williams, whom she partnered with in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. Edmonds, a freshman on the Florida Gulf Coast University golf team, has qualified for her first USGA championship.

Adrienne Farrow, 38, of New Albany, Ind. and Cara Stuckey, 38, of Terre Haute, Ind.

The former Indiana University teammates both have qualified for their first USGA championship. Farrow is a general sales manager for a golf retail store in Louisville, Ky., as well as an assistant coach for the Providence High School girls’ golf team. Stuckey, a teacher at Terre Haute South High School, won her 13th Terre Haute Women’s City Golf Championship last summer by defeating a former student of hers in the final match.

Future Duke University teammates Erica Shepherd (left) and Megan Furtney advanced to the semifinals in 2018. (USGA/JD Cuban)

Megan Furtney, 18, of South Elgin, Ill. and Erica Shepherd, 18, of Greenwood, Ind.

Shepherd and Furtney, both set to join Duke’s women’s golf team this fall, are playing in their second U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together after reaching the semifinals last year. Shepherd has played in 10 USGA championships, including her 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior title at Boone Valley in Augusta, Mo., where she defeated Jennifer Chang, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final. Shepherd, who has played in two U.S. Women’s Opens, recently tied for 23rd in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Furtney has played in five USGA championships, advancing to the Round of 32 in the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior. After missing the 2017 golf season due to a partial finger amputation, she won two American Junior Golf Association tournaments in 2018.

Lauren Freyvogel, 17, of Gibsonia, Pa. and Caroline Wrigley, 18, of Wexford, Pa.

Freyvogel, who will play at Penn State this fall, was a 2014 Drive, Chip & Putt National finalist. Wrigley will join the Furman women’s golf team this fall. She won three consecutive individual district titles, leading North Allegheny High School to three state championships. Her uncle, Frank Fuhrer III, was a member of the 1981 USA Walker Cup Team, which earned him an invitation to play in the 1982 Masters. He also played professionally for five years.

Madelyn Gamble, 16, of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Kaleiya Romero, 16, of San Jose, Calif.

Gamble advanced to the Round of 64 in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Poppy Hills, while Romero plans to play for Pepperdine University in the fall of 2020. She won the AJGA Eagle Crest Championship in 2018 and was also the only girl chosen on her Little League baseball Junior All-Star team growing up. Her younger sister, Kiara, is also competing in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball.

Lauren Greenlief, 28, of Ashburn, Va. and Katie Miller, 34, of Jeannette, Pa.

Greenlief became the youngest winner (25 years, 25 days) of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur when she defeated Margaret (Shirley) Starosto, 2 and 1, in 2015. Greenlief, a management consultant, also reached the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Alexandra Austin, and last August became the first mid-amateur in 12 years to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Greenlief, a former walk-on at the University of Virginia, earned three varsity letters from 2010-12. Miller, who was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at the University of North Carolina, competed on the LPGA Futures Tour before regaining her amateur status in 2013. She has played in five U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Miller has worked in various industries, including sports television reporting on the professional and college levels.

Thienna Huynh, 15, Lilburn, Ga. and Sara Im, 14, Duluth, Ga.

Huynh, a left-hander, is playing in her second USGA championship after qualifying for last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. Im, playing in her first USGA championship, won the Girls 12-13 division of the 2018 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National.

2017 runners-up Mary Ellen Shuman (left) and Sammi Lee are back in the field after missing last year's event due to a conflict. (USGA/Darren Carroll)

Sammi Lee, 24, of Winter Park, Fla. and Mary Ellen Shuman, 24, of St. Simons Island, Ga.

The 2017 runners-up are back after not being able to compete last year due to scheduling conflicts. The two helped the University of Georgia qualify for the 2016 NCAA Championship. Shuman is now in law school at Georgia, while Lee works as a sales and trading analyst for an investment bank and financial services company.

Leeann Lewis, 55, of West Gilgo Beach, N.Y. and Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif.

Lewis, who works in real estate management, has competed in three U.S. Women’s Amateurs and 11 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. McConnell won the inaugural U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1987, defeating Pat Cornett-Iker, 6 and 5, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. She was a member of the 1988 USA Curtis Cup Team that competed at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. McConnell, who played college golf at UCLA, has competed in three U.S. Women’s Opens and seven U.S. Women’s Amateurs, reaching the quarterfinals in 1987. McConnell is the boys’ golf coach at Malibu High School. The two share hobbies of hiking, camping and backpacking. In 2015, they hiked to the Mt. Everest Base Camp together (17,500 ft.).

Cory Lopez, 17, of Mexico and Avery Zweig, 12, of McKinney, Texas

Lopez, set to play for the University of Arkansas this fall, is playing in her second USGA championship. She is a member of Mexico’s National team and won the 2019 Mexico Women’s Amateur earlier this year. Zweig is the youngest competitor in the championship and is playing in her fourth USGA championship. She is also a two-time Drive, Chip and Putt national finalist. Four years ago, Zweig started The Win Green Campaign, which raises awareness for pediatric cancer. Since then, the campaign has raised more than $250,000.

Marissa Mar, 27, of San Francisco, Calif. and Lila Thomas, 29, of Dallas, Texas

The former Stanford teammates are playing in their second U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together after advancing to the Round of 16 in 2015. Mar, a venture capitalist, is competing in her fourth USGA championship. She reached the semifinals of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Thomas, a brand manager for an education technology company, recently had her first child, Cash Thomas, who will be 9 months old at the time of the event. This is her eighth USGA championship.

Mari Miezwa, 38, of Brooklyn Park, Minn. and Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 42, of Sri Lanka

Miezwa and Selvaratnam have a lot of experience as four-ball partners, competing in all four previous U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championships, as well as winning the 2015 Arizona Women’s Golf Association’s Four-Ball Championship. They are, however, looking to advance to match play for the first time in this event. Miezwa is a franchise development specialist for The Little Gym International. Selvaratnam, born in Sri Lanka, is currently associate athletic director and co-head golf coach at Xavier College Preparatory. She was the runner-up in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and represented Arizona in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship seven times.

Anna Morales, 49, of Austin, Texas and Evelyn Orley, 52 of Cardiff, Calif.

The two former Duke University teammates are playing in their first U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together. Morales, born in Peru, has competed in five U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and is a past member of the Peru National Team. Orley, born in Switzerland, is now a sales director for an investment management firm. Her grandfather, Zoltan Ossy-Olvy, represented Hungary in the 1936 Olympics for shooting, while her father, Thomas, was a member of the USA fencing team that competed in the 1964 Olympics.

Sabrina Nguyen, 17, of Escondido, Calif. and Kayla Sam, 16, of Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Nguyen, competing in her first USGA championship, has won three San Diego Junior Golf Association events and was the circuit’s 2017 Player of the Year. Sam is playing in her second USGA championship after competing in the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She was the Girls 12-13 age-group champion of the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National.

Lauryn Nguyen, 15, of Seattle, Wash. and Janine Surge, 17 of Seattle, Wash.

Nguyen qualified for the 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She is also involved in nature photography around the Seattle area. Surge competed in the 2017 Girls Junior Americas Cup and 2017 Junior Worlds. She will join the Washington State women’s golf team this fall.

Katrina Prendergast, 21, of Sparks, Nev., and Ellen Secor, 21, of Portland Ore.

The two Colorado State teammates will look to become the first side to defend their U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball title after defeating Ya Chun Chang and Lei Ye, 1 up, in last year’s final. This will be their third U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Megan Propeck, 16, of Leawood, Kan. and Lacy Shelton, 39, of Overland Park, Kan.

Propeck and Shelton are playing in their first U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together after shooting a 65 in their qualifier at Mission Hills C.C. in suburban Kansas City. Propeck won the 2018 Kansas Girls Junior Amateur and was named the 2018 Kansas Golf Association Girls Player of the Year. Shelton is playing in her 17th USGA championship. She has played in nine U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and two U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Balls.

Holland Shourds, 21, of Riverside, Calif. and Haley Tygret, 22, of Gardena, Calif.

The Long Beach State teammates advanced to the Round of 32 in last year’s championship.

Tygret, a senior, claimed the 2019 Big West Conference individual title after earning first-team All-Big West honors in 2018, while Shourds, a junior, was second-team All-Big West in 2018.

Meghan Stasi, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Dawn Woodard, 44, of Greenville, S.C.

Stasi is a four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012) who represented the USA in the 2008 Curtis Cup Match on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, where she got engaged to her husband Danny on the iconic Swilcan Bridge. She also served as the head women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi from 2000-2007. A Tulane University graduate, Stasi owns a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with her husband. Woodard is a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play medalist who has competed in 29 USGA championships. She is also a six-time South Carolina stroke-play champion, five-time South Carolina match-play champion and the 2007 Tennessee Women’s Amateur champion.

Abbey Schutte, 14, of Goodyear, Ariz., and Kendall Todd, 16, of Goodyear, Ariz.

Schutte is the oldest daughter of 1992 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Warren Schutte, who was a standout golfer at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before turning professional. Warren, now a golf instructor, also qualified for three U.S. Opens. This will be Abbey’s first USGA championship. She represented the USA in the World Van Horn Cup, a U.S. Kids Golf competition, and represented Arizona in the Mary Cave Cup.

Isabella Rawl, 15, of Lexington, S.C., and Karlee Vardas, 16, of Lexington, S.C.

Rawl committed to Clemson at age 14, making her the youngest female golfer to have ever verbally committed to the school. She won back-to-back Lady BlueJacket Invitational titles in 2016-17, placed second in the 2017 State Junior, and was named to the Carolinas Golf Association 15 and Under list in 2017. Vardas won the 2018 Players Championship at Hartsville Country Club. This event featured the top 30 girls’ golfers in South Carolina, and she shot the third-lowest score in the event’s 20-year history. This will be the first USGA championship for both competitors.

Storylines compiled by Amy Morton, assistant manager of women’s championships for the USGA. Email her at amorton@usga.org.

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