Grantham qualifies for Public Links Championship

Published 2:24 pm Friday, May 29, 2009

Sara Grantham of Wilsonville shot a 71 Wednesday to qualify for U.S. Public Links Championship, which will be played June 22-27 at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Mass.

Grantham, who just completed her junior year on the Ole Miss golf team, earned co-medalist honors at The Oaks Course in Georgia with her even par score Wednesday to earn one of the five spots in the championship. She tied with Auburn sophomore Cydney Clanton for medalist honors.

“It’s definitely very exciting,” said Grantham. “I went back to the basics with my instructor. I’ve been hitting the ball really well the past week and felt ready to go. I just went out there and tried to have fun.

“It’s big in qualifiers to make as many pars as you can. You don’t have room for mistakes. You have to play smart. I tried to hit a lot of greens and make a few putts. I am really excited. This is my first big national amateur event to make.”

Grantham, who finished second at Ole Miss in stroke average this past year and 23rd in scoring in the Southeastern Conference, will be one of two seniors on the 2009-10 squad.

“This is quite an honor to qualify for the U.S. Public Links and a tribute to how hard she works at her game to be the best she can be,” Ole Miss head coach Michele Drinkard said. “We can’t wait for her to tee it up at this prestigious national tournament.”

The 33rd annual U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship will be held at Red The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.