A pair of student-athletes from the Long Beach State women’s golf team will be competing this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
Sophomore Chaewon Park and freshman Shawnee Martinez are among the field of 156 qualifiers who will tee off today at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., vying for the amateur title. The tournament runs through Saturday.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) began in 1977 as a national championship for women who play the nation’s public courses. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association (USGA), 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. The USGA accepted 700 entries for the 2013 U.S. WAPL Championship, three more than in 2012.
Park was one of 16 players to qualify for the championship at the WAPL Sectional Qualifying tournament at the Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma on June 3. She fired an even-par 71 to tie for second place at the qualifier.
“What a huge accomplishment for Chaewon,” said 49er women’s golf coach Joey Cerulle. “It’s amazing to see how much she has improved in her two years at LBSU. It’s going to be a great experience for her to play on the national stage.”
Martinez was the medalist finisher (first place) in U.S. WAPL Sectional Qualifying tournament at the Reserve at Spanos Park Golf Course in Stockton on May 23. She recorded three birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey to post a 74 in very windy conditions to qualify for this week’s championship.”
“I’m so proud of Shawnee and this huge win,” Cerulle said. “It’s yet another accomplishment in what should be a very good career at The Beach.”
Park completed her best season as a 49er, playing in all 11 tournaments for the team, recording three top-10 finishes and one top-20. The All-Big West Conference honorable mention honoree closed out the year with her best performances as a 49er, tying for fifth at the Fresno State Lexus Classic and at the Big West Conference Championship.
Martinez just completed her first season at Long Beach State, where she helped the 49ers capture three tournament titles and a second-place finish at the Big West Conference Championship. Martinez led the 49ers with a stroke average of 76.82, collecting two top-10 finishes and one top-20.