Former Helena golfer qualifies for U.S. Women’s Amateur

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

CHULA VISTA, Calif.–The 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur will field 156 players and one of those will include former Helena High School women’s golf team member Grayson Gladden.

Gladden, who captured Helena High School’s first individual AHSAA state championship in 2016, is now a member of the Arkansas State women’s golf team where she continues to have success.

On June 26, Gladden shot a one-over par 73 at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Golf Course in Roswell, Georgia, which was good enough to finish in a tie for fourth place to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur will take place Aug. 7-13 at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California.

The championship is open to any female amateur whose handicap index does not exceed 5.4, according to the United States Golf Association.

At the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the low 64 scorers from stroke play will qualify for match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to trim the draw to exactly four competitors.

Rounds one and two of stroke play will take place Aug. 7-8. Aug. 9 will be the round of 64 match play. Aug. 10 will include the round of 32 and round of 16 match play. Aug. 11-12 will be quarterfinal and semifinal matches while the 36-hole championship match will take place Aug. 13.

Television coverage of the U.S. Women’s Amateur will be shown on Fox Sports FS1 and at USGA.org.

For more information on the U.S. Women’s Amateur, visit Usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2017/u-s–women-s-amateur.html.