East Union junior Brooke Riley is among the eight golfers advancing to the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship out of Monday’s sectional qualifier held at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland.
The two-time Manteca Bulletin All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year continued her torrid summer play by finishing in a two-way tie for fourth place with a 2-over 72. Winning the event was Stephanie Lau of Fullerton, who finished 2-under 68.
CSU-Monterey Bay graduate and Northern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur champ Audra Kepler (70), Oakland resident Jordan Lippetz (71), San Jose State standout Regina De Guzman (72), Bethany Wu (73) of Diamond Bar, Palo Alto’s Jayshree Sarathy (73) and Amy Lee (73) from Brea also earned the right to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Aug 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.
Riley started out on the back nine and finished even after a birdie on the par-3 14th and bogey on the par-5 16th. Her rough patch came on back-to-back holes, as she went 3-ver on holes 4 and 5. She righted the ship on the 369-yard eighth hole with a birdie.
Riley is currently ranked fourth in the Junior Golf Association of Northern California point standings. Last week, she placed eighth out of 52 in the JGANC/NCGA Nor-Cal Players Championship held at Rancho Canada East Course in Carmel. On July 7-8, she claimed the Fred Bumgardner Junior Memorial title in dominating fashion. Her two-day score of 143 (71-72) at Del Rio Country Club was 16 strokes better than the runner-up.