Two qualify at Princeville for U.S. Women’s Amateur

PRINCEVILLE — Kimberlie Miyamoto of Kahului, Maui, parred the final nine holes to finish with a 2-over par 74 Saturday during the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifier held at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.

The score, best in the 15-player field, earned Miyamoto (38-36) a spot to play in the championship proper which will be contested at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California, Aug. 7-13.

Joining Miyamoto will be Jasmine Cabajar of Wailuku, Maui, who earned the second qualifying spot following a three-hole playoff with Kamie Hamada of Aiea, Oahu, after both girls ended in a tie for second place at 76, Cabajar (40-36) finishing by parring the back nine while Hamada balanced her card at 38-38.

Other players vying for the qualifying spots include Aiko Leong of Honolulu (38-39-77) and Mari Nishiura of Mililani, Oahu, (38-39-77) who finished the round tied for fourth.

Kirsten Ishikawa of Pukalani, Hawaii, filled in the sixth spot at 78 (41-38).

Lorrain Char of Waianae, Oahu, (40-40-80), and Madison Ruggs of Burbank, California, (39-41-80) finished in a tie for ninth place.

Eun A. Kwack of Los Angeles (39-42-81), Zoey Akagi-Bustin of Wahiawa, Oahu, (46-36-82), Annika Espino of Honolulu (43-47-90), Kristin Miyagi of Honolulu (41-50-91), and Ji Hae Lee of Honolulu (44-49-93) rounded out the field.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships hosted annually by the U.S. Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateur players.

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