June 25, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
On the heels of the most successful individual season in Alabama women's golf history junior Kathleen Ekey will now take her game to one of the biggest stages in golf. Ekey joins a field of 156 this weekend at the U.S. Open. The Wadsworth, Ohio native will tee-off at 2:42 p.m. tomorrow at the par-73, 6789-yard Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me," Ekey said. "To be able to play at the U.S. Open and compete against the best in the world is a dream come true."
Ekey will participate as one of 27 amateurs in the field. The single season stroke average and single round record holder at the Capstone qualified for the Open after finishing third overall and first amongst amateurs at the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at the Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.
Before the June sectional qualifying, the honorable mention All-American was able to move on after competing out of the U.S. Open local qualifying at the Imperial Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
"This is a great honor for Kathleen and our program," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "To be able to participate at the U.S. Open at this stage in her career will help Kathleen develop her game. It is one of the best things that can happen to Kathleen and to our program."