Keating, Woods and Davies through to US Open

Victorian Stacey Keating topped the class at one of several 36-hole Sectional Qualifying tournaments held across the United States last week, booking her place at her second consecutive U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No.2 from June 17-22.

Keating shot a two-round score of 140 to win her event at Carolina Trace Country Club and claim one of only four spots on offer.

Stacey Keating Stacey Keating (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“It’s so hit-and-miss and you just don’t know,” Keating said of her gruelling yet successful day. “I’m coming down the stretch thinking I’m going to be OK but I don’t know. All you can do is hope it’s good enough.”

NSW’s Rebecca Artis was not so fortunate, losing a sudden-death playoff to amateur Ally McDonald for the fourth and final spot at the same venue. Artis will now have a nervous wait as a first alternate into the championship field.

In her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, Australian Ladies Masters champion Cheyenne Woods finished second in her qualifying event to ensure the Woods family name would be represented at the US Open.

Earlier, 1987 champion Laura Davies cemented a return to the national championship by virtue of a runner-up finish at the qualifying event in Rumson, New Jersey.

The 50-year old was delighted to be returning for a 26th tilt at the U.S. Open, the day after 11-year-old Lucy Li became the [youngest ever qualifier for the Open.