RYE, N.Y. — Georgia’s Jenny Bae and Céleste Dao both tied for 12th after 36 holes of stroke play qualifying at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Westchester Country Club. Bae and Dao will now compete in the 64-player field for match play to determine the 121st individual national champion.
“Jenny and Celeste continued their strong play this summer by not only making it into match play but also securing two of the higher seeds,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “Tying for 12th in the stroke play portion already is a great performance in and of itself, and it is exciting to have two Bulldogs in match play with a chance to win the U.S. amateur championship. Caroline also wrapped up a wonderful summer by birdieing her final hole of the championship.”
Bae and Dao finished stroke play at even-par 144. Bae, a rising senior, carded even-par 72 on each day. Dao, a rising junior, posted a 73 on Monday and followed that with a 1-under 71 on Tuesday.
In Wednesday’s round of 64 of match play, Bae will face Bailey Davis at noon, and Dao will face Grace Kim at 1:30. Davis, who will be a freshman at Tennessee this fall, was the runner-up at the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Kim captured the Australian Amateur title earlier this year.
The Bulldogs’ Caroline Craig also qualified for the Amateur. She bounced back from an opening 80 to shoot 2-over 74 on Tuesday. Her tally tied for 100th in the field.
Georgia annually has qualifiers reach the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Vicki Goetze won the 1989 and 1992 U.S. Amateurs and also was medalist at the 1990 Am.
Television coverage from Wednesday through Sunday will be split between the Golf Channel and Peacock. The Golf Channel will air the Am on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. ET, while Peacock’s coverage will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday.