Thirati Qualifies for USGA Championship
June 23, 2014
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Earlier this month, senior-to-be Pimploy Thirati accomplished a golf feat yet achieved in her young career when she qualified for her first USGA Championship event. Thirati qualified back on June 4 when she shot a 74 on the par-71 Sportsman's Country Club in Northbrook, Illinois.
"The qualifier was my first competitive round for the summer and I was just very excited about going out there and competing again," said Thirati. "Even though the weather was not ideal, it was nothing we haven't played in before and I ended up playing my best golf for the majority of the round. I had a few struggles in the back nine but I was able to pull it together towards the end."
The tournament consisted of 23 players with the top-four golfers advancing. Thirati grabbed the fourth and final spot, beating out fellow Illini alum Nora Lucas (who will be an alternate) by one stroke. Thirati recorded a strong front-nine, posting a 35, and then followed that up with a 39 on the back for her 74 total. Hui Chong Dofflemyer and Brooke Kochevar tied for first with a 72 while Grace Kil took third with a 73.
"Moving forward, I will continue to spend the majority of my time on my short game since it has helped me tremendously and is a crucial part of my golf game. I have also worked with George Wrede on AimPoint Express as well in preparation for my upcoming tournaments," said Thirati.
The USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship will be held on The Home Course in Dupont, Washington on July 14-19. The Championship field will consist of 156 golfers. There will be two rounds of stroke play qualifying July 14-15 where the field will be cut to 64 golfers for match play.
"Heading into the tournament I feel excited more than anything," continued Thirati. "This is the first USGA Championship I've qualified for and I am looking forward to it. I am very confident about my game and my process at this point. It is now just a matter of maintaining my confidence level, trusting my process, and executing my shots in practice and eventually during the tournament."