TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Kathleen Sumner, who has played in 16 events during the first two seasons of her career as a Florida State golfer, will play in the 119th Women’s Western Amateur Championship at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, Ill., beginning July 15. The event will host two rounds of stroke play to determine the top 32 golfers who will compete in five rounds of match play to determine the tournament champion on July 20.
Sumner begins play in the event as a member of a foursome at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15. The second round is scheduled for July 17 with match play set to begin on July 18. The advancing field of golfers will play two match play rounds on both July 18 and 19 with the championship match set for July 20.
“I feel really good about my game heading into this week,” said Sumner. “My iron and wedge play are spot on and my putting is pretty consistent. This is the biggest tournament of the summer for me, so I’d like to play well and have a lot of confidence heading into the fall.”
Sumner enjoyed one of the top seasons of any freshman in the country in 2018 as she averaged 75.74 strokes in 35 rounds during 12 tournaments. She played in all 12 events for the Seminoles during her first year in Tallahassee including the ACC Championship, the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship and the NCAA Championship Finals. Sumner was one of only two players (also Amanda Doherty) who played in all 12 events for the Seminoles in 2017-18.
Sumner played in four tournaments during the 2018-19 season. She was a member of the Seminoles’ lineup in the Cougar Fall Classic, the Schooner Fall Classic, the Stanford Intercollegiate and the Jim West Challenge. Sumner helped lead the Seminoles to a second place team finish at the Jim West Challenge and fifth place finishes in both the Cougar Fall Classic and the Stanford Intercollegiate. She earned a season-low single-round score of 71 (with four birdies) in the second round for a 36-hole total in 151 of the Schooner Fall Classic.
The Women’s Western Amateur, held without interruption since 1901, is among the oldest annual championships in women’s amateur golf. The Women’s Western Amateur field will be comprised of 120 players with a USGA Handicap of 5.4 or less.
The course at the Royal Melbourne Country Club is Designed by PGA Tour legend Greg Norman. The layout makes the most of surrounding wetlands, ponds, prairies and trees to create a challenging test. The championship layout requires players to execute a variety of shots, mixing shorter par 4s where accuracy is key with long, difficult holes. The undulating fairways create uneven lies and camouflage approach shots.