Aug. 6, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Jessica Negron and Hannah Thomson, two members of the nationally ranked Florida State women’s golf team, will play in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship August 9-15 at the Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. Both players qualified earlier this summer and will join 156 golfers in the event which includes 36 holes of stroke play to determine the top 64 players (six rounds) who will play for the event championship.
A total of 1,049 players attempted to qualify for the 156 spots in this year’s tournament which will be broadcast on The Golf Channel from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. each of the seven days of the tournament. Of the 1,049 players in the field, 38 are currently fully exempt into the championship and 20 became fully exempt when they qualified for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open while the remainder of the field of 156 players, including Negron and Thomson, were filled via sectional qualifying at 18 sites between July 6-21.
Negron and Thomson both qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur on the same day (July 13) at the same club (The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla.) earlier this summer. Negron (Ocala, Fla.) shot a 69 and Thomson (Perth, Australia) shot a 72.
Negron Enjoyed one of the top seasons of any freshman in the nation in 2009-10 as she finished in a tie for 21st place in the individual standings at the NCAA Division I Championship at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. She was the eighth highest finishing freshman in the nation in the event. In addition, she was the third highest finishing freshman from the ACC in the NCAA championship finals. Negron was the Seminoles’ second leading golfer during her first season as a collegian with a 73.84 stroke average in 35 rounds during 12 events.
Thomson played in a career-high seven during the spring of 2010 first career top 10 finish in leading the Seminoles to one of the best seasons in school history. In helping the team to the team championship at the Bryan National Collegiate she carded her career best scores for a single round (67, second round) and 36-holes (142) and was one stroke from tying her career best for a three round tournament (219). She averaged 76.91 this past spring in her seven events.
“I am really excited about playing in the US Amateur; it’s the biggest amateur event I have ever played in,” said Thomson. “I enjoyed a lot of success in the state of North Carolina this spring so I hope those experiences will help me play well in this event. I feel like I played well in the Trans National Amateur last week and have been working on my short game since coming back from that event. I am very confident in my game right now.”
Negron and Thomson helped lead the Seminoles to a No. 14 national ranking, a 10th place finish in the NCAA Championship finals, a tied for sixth place finish in the NCAA Central Regional Championship and a fourth place finish in the ACC Championship in 2010.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United State’s Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1985, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has been conducted every year since 1985 except 1917-1918) when it was suspended because of World War I) and 1942-45 (when it was suspended because of World War II.)