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Aztec Golfer Christine Wong Qualifies For 2010 U.S. Women's Open

Christine Wong will compete at the U.S. Women's Open this July.
Christine Wong will compete at the U.S. Women's Open this July.

June 3, 2010

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State rising sophomore golfer Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.) earned a spot in this year's U.S. Women's Open by winning a United States Golf Association (USGA) sectional qualifier at the Tumble Creek Club in Roslyn, Wash., May 26. Wong claimed medalist honors at the 36-hole event by six strokes with a 147, highlighted by a second-round 3-under 69, to grab the lone qualifying spot at the sectional, which included both amateur and professional golfers.

"I'm tremendously excited and honored to play in such a prestigious tournament," Wong said. "I'm excited to represent Canada and thankful to everyone who has helped me elevate my game to such a high level. I'm looking forward to competing alongside the world's best golfers."

The 2010 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year will now be among the field of the world's best when the 65th U.S. Women's Open Championship starts July 8, at the historic Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. The USGA had accepted a record 1,296 entries for the four-day tournament, which will be whittled down to only 156 participants, including 68 players who were exempt from sectional qualifying.

The U.S. Women's Open kicks off with two rounds of stroke play, July 8-9. The top 60 players then advance to the final 36 holes, July 10-11.

Wong won two individual tournament titles in her first year on The Mesa in 2009-10, helping the Aztecs to their first NCAA regional appearance in six years. The U.S. Women's Open will be a part of a busy summer for Wong, who will also represent Team Canada at the British Open Amateur Championship in Yorkshire, June 22-26.