June 16, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Jaclyn Burch, a junior golfer at Florida State University, has qualified to play in the 2005 United States Amateur Public Links Championship at Swope Memorial Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo., July 9-16. She was one of eight players who earned a spot in the championship after playing in a qualifying tournament at the Links of Boynton Beach (Fla.) on June 12.
Burch shot a one-over 73 on the par 72 course to earn her way into the Public Links Championship for the first time in her career. She finished in a four-way tie for the second during the qualifying event as she birdied hole No. 15 and earned scores of par on each of the final three holes. After carding a 38 on the front nine, Burch closed the round with a 35 on the back nine.
A field of 144 top-ranked female golfers from around the world will compete in the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) week long Championship. The Championship kicks off with a 36-hole stroke play qualifier with the low 64 players advancing to match play. The Public Links Championship attracts over 600 entries each year and is seen as the third ranked Championship behind the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Women Amateur. Many of the participants are collegiate players or premier high school players.
Burch earned All-ACC honors in 2005 as one of the top 12 golfers in the nation’s top conference for women’s golf. She became only the third sophomore in school history to earn All-ACC Honors joining current teammate Caroline Larsson (2004) and former Florida State All-America Kristin Tamulis (2001). She will play as one of the top golfers in the ACC who will compete for conference honors during her third collegiate season as a starter for the Seminoles. Burch will be in the Seminoles’ starting line-up for the third consecutive year in 2005-06 after counting 100 percent of her scores (27 of 27) toward the team score in all nine tournaments during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons.
Burch played in the North/South Amateur Championship in 2003 and made it through the first round for qualifying for the before falling in sectional qualifying for the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open. Burch also played as a member of the Seminoles in the 2004 NCAA Championship at the Grand National Course at Auburn University.