May 17, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State University graduate Kayla Shaul has advanced to the sectional qualifier of the U.S. Women’s Open after shooting an even-par 72 at the local qualifier at Imperial Golf Club in Naples, Fla., on May 14. Shaul missed the medalist honors by one stroke and earned her way into the sectional qualifier in a tie for third place behind Kristina Wong and Sydney Burlison who each shot a one-under par 71.
Shaul will now participate in a sectional qualifier at one of seven sites across the United States on June 12-13. Sectional qualifiers are 36-hole events to determine the set of qualifiers for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open. The U.S. Women’s Open will be held from June 28 through July 1 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Shaul steadily improved her game since becoming a member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up as a junior. She played her best round of golf at the 2007 NCAA East Regional Championship as she shot a career-low 69 in the in the final round and finished an impressive and career-best one-over par 217 for the event. Shaul birdied the final three holes of the final round to finish as Florida State’s low scorer in a round for the first time in her career. She also had an impressive finish at the spring 2007 Chrysler Challenge where she earned her career-best finish of tied for 10th.
The U.S. Women’s Open is a national championship conducted by the United States Golf Association. It is one of the LPGA’s major championships along with the LPGA Championship, the Women’s British Open and the Kraft Nabisco Championship. It is a challenging tournament that features the world’s greatest female amateur and professional golfers on an international stage. Should she qualify, the event will no a doubt be the most challenging of Shaul’s career. Last year’s winner was the world’s No. 1 ranked professional golfer in the world Annika Sorenstam who won the event with at even-par score.