Manston Golf Centre pro Keely Chiericato lit up The Buckinghamshire Golf Club’s US Women’s Open qualifier with a hole in one at the par-4 8th. The Londoner, who has been struggling with a bad back of late, used a three wood across the water to hole her tee shot at the 236-yard hole, boosting her hopes of qualifying for the second Major of the women’s season.
Chiericato arrived at the 8th tee at 2-over-par after bogies at the 4th and 7th holes, which are both par-4s. One perfect strike later though and she’d picked up three shots with her albatross hole-in-one at the par-4 8th, moving to 1-under and reigniting her chances of qualification.
Having reached the turn under par, things didn’t go so well on the back nine, and Chiericato eventually carded a first round 77, five-over-par, finishing double bogey, bogey. The latest scores from qualifying can he found here.
The US Women’s Open is due to be held at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, from June 2nd - 6th and, at $10million, has the biggest purse in women’s golf. Yuka Saso became just the second teenager to win the US Women’s Open last year when she beat Nasa Hataoka at the third playoff hole. Lexi Thompson had looked a certain winner earlier in the final round, standing five strokes ahead after the 8th hole, but she finished a stroke back after playing the final seven holes in 5-over-par.
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Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!
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