With the CWAC Junior Girls Championship being played this week, June 24 through June 27, at Monterey Peninsula Country Club; one of the region’s top junior golfers in the field at the 2013 United States Women’s Open in Southampton, NY; and confirmation of the selection of a Bay Area golf resort for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, the month of June is closing on a high note for Central California golf.
2013 CWAC Junior Girls Championship
After 18 holes of stroke play to determine the 32 players in the field who would compete for the top prize in the Championship flight, and three rounds of match play, with two to go, the 2013 CWAC Junior Girls Championship is three matches away from identifying a champion.
Defending champion Kathleen Scavo, 15, of Benicia, set her foot on the path to a repeat performance when she tied for medalist honors with Jessica Luo, of San Jose, in the stroke-play portion of the tournament with a 3-over 75. Scavo, who secured the second alternate position at the U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier at Lake Merced Golf Club in May with a flagstick-rattling birdie on the first playoff hole, has advanced through three rounds of match play, two of which were played today, to the semi-final round.
Dispatching her first three match-play opponents 5 and 4, 2 up, and 3 and 2, the rising junior at Justin-Siena High School will face Chloe Corriveau of Pebble Beach in the semi-final round. Corriveau, a rising senior at Santa Catalina in Monterey, advanced with victories of 6 and 5, 6 and 5, and 4 and 3. Scavo and Corriveau tee off at 8:00 AM at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Co-medalist Luo fell in the first round of match play to Yoonhee Kim, of San Ramon, who has also advanced to the semi-final round, where she will face Michele Xie, of Palo Alto; the pair will tee off just after the Scavo-Corriveau match, at 8:08 AM.
Livermore’s Casie Cathrea to fly her OSU colors at 2013 U.S. Women’s Open
Since taking medalist honors in the sectional qualifying tournament for the U. S. Women’s Open at Lake Merced Golf Club in late May, Casie Cathrea, 17, of Livermore, has flown across the country three times. Three weeks after the sectional tournament victory, she traveled to the Niagara Falls region of New York State to compete in the inaugural Women’s Porter Cup, which she took by a three-stroke margin, even with a slight stumble in the final round when she misclubbed and made double on the final hole of the tournament.
Returning home from Niagara Falls for her high school graduation, Cathrea, a rising freshman at Oklahoma State University, flew back to New York a few days ago to prepare for the 2013 U. S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY. Cathrea is prepped for her appearance at the Long Island resort course with her usual orange ensembles honoring OSU and a new custom-made OSU belt buckle, a present from her father, Harry. She played a practice round today with Japanese LPGA star Ai Myazato, and went clamming with her host family in the afternoon, winding down before taking up the gauntlet of the women’s national championship on Thursday.
Fellow qualifiers from the Lake Merced Qualifier joining Cathrea at the Long Island event are Emily Childs, 22, a 2012 graduate of UC Berkeley, and Elizabeth Schultz, a junior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. Childs and Cathrea will tee off together Thursday and Friday, in a grouping with Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura; Elizabeth Schultz is grouoed with Alice Kim, of Walnut, CA, and another amateur and rising high school senior, Erica Herr of New Hope, PA.
U.S. Women’s Open to come to South Bay’s CordeValle Resort in 2016
The long-awaited return of the U. S. Women’s Open to California has long been hinted at, but was finally confirmed Wednesday morning, when the USGA announced that the tournament will be coming to CordeValle Resort, in the hills west of San Martin, south of San Jose, in 2016. The U. S. Women’s Open has only been played in California twice before, in 1964 at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, and in 1982 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.
CordeValle opened in 1999, and is well established as a first-class upscale resort with a championship golf course. The Robert Trent Jones II-designed layout has hosted the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open for the past three years, as well as a special USGA event, the USA-China Youth Golf Match, last summer. In late September the U. S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, another USGA event, will be contested there.
The Bay Area can boast of two former U. S. Women’s Open champions: Juli Inkster, a native of Santa Cruz now living in Los Altos Hills, who is a two-time winner of the event, in 1999 and 2002, and 2010 champion Paula Creamer, originally from Pleasanton, who is the last American-born winner of the event, and only American winner in the last five years.
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, an avid golfer herself, will serve as honorary chairman of the 2016 Women’s Open.