PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers rising sophomore Melanie Chambers (Henderson, Nev.) has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, to be played August 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). She qualified by carding a two-under par 70 on Monday (July 15) at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn one of just 156 spots out of 1,200 overall entrants.
Chambers competed in ten tournaments, playing 25 rounds, as a true freshman this past season for the Scarlet Knights. She had a pair of top 20 finishes, placing tied for 17th at the 82-player Bucknell Invitational and tied for 19th at the 45-competitor Lehigh Invitational.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA's original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.
Practice rounds will be held Aug. 3-4. The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. Fans can follow the event scoring at www.USGA.org.