Uehara and Dreher Qualify For U.S. Women's Open


May 29 2013
Briana Mao sinks her putt at the 18th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors at with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Victoria Tanco follows her putt at the 9th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors at the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn, with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Hannah Pietila chips to the 18th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Banchalee Theinthong follows her putt at the 18th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, putts at the 18th green. Uehara claimed medalist honors at the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn, with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Ashley Armstrong drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Punpaka Phuntumabamrung drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Sierra Langlie drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Cassie Wurm drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jessica Staed drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Sarah Burnham drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors at the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn, with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Brenna Lervick follows her drive at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jennifer Ha drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Minami Levonowich drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Mary Narzisi drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Victoria Tanco drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jordan Chael drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Rebecca Klongland drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Taylor Hoag drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jenna Peters drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jenny Coluccio drives at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Laura Kraft follows her drive at the 1st during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Alana Uriell drives at the 10th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Cassie Deeg drives at the 10th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
McKenzie Neisen follows her tee shot at the 10th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Kirby Dreher chips to the 7th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Emmie Pietila putts at the 7th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Katie Gustafson putts at the 7th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Maggie Haggerston chips to the 13th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jody Christensen putts at the 13th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Alexis Bollant at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Ulrika Van-Niekerk drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Anna Laorr drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Anna Young drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Jessie Gerry drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Emily Kvidera drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Rachel Schmidt drives at the 2nd tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Carley Werwie drives at the 2nd tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Angela Ause drives at the 2nd tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Hailey Boner drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Alexandra Harkins drives at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Briana Mao at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Briana Mao at the 18th tee during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Kip Colwell on Briana Mao's bag at the 18th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Lauren Mielbrecht chips to the 17th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Tracy Stanford drops a putt at the 17th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Tracy Stanford drives at the 18th during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
Hailey Boner chips to the 18th green during the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying May 28 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn. Ayako Uehara, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 146 (76-70). Kirby Dreher, of Marion, Iowa, earned the second qualifying spot by posting 74-73--147. Lauren Mielbrecht, of Gulf Stream, Fla., (72-77--149), and amateur Jennifer Ha, of Calgary, Canada, are first and second alternates, respectively; Ha (80-70--150) won the Low Amateur medal for her efforts. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA 2013.
By Nick Hunter
nhunter23@hotmail.com

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – The road to the U.S. Women’s Open, for the majority, is a long, grinding and arduous task. First, one needs to advance through a local qualifier, which could be a several-hour car ride for some. The second task following the local qualifier is a sectional qualifier, which could easily be a thousand miles away from home.

Only a small number will be able to push past those obstacles and earn a trip to the U.S. Women’s Open. For Ayako Uehara, that road was even tougher than most to overcome. Hailing from Okinawa, Japan, Uehara had a 22-hour plane ride (just over 6,900 miles) and arrived Friday to prepare for her 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier at the Minneapolis Golf Club Tuesday.

“She got in five days ago, and we were able to play (Minneapolis Golf Club) and Braemar Golf Course,” said her caddy Chris Brannan who made the trip from Scottsdale, Ariz., just to caddy for Uehara Tuesday.

Uehara, posted a 36-hole total of 146 to earn medalist honors and clinch a spot in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. In the first round, Uehara posted a four-over par 76 and knew work had to be done to get back into contention.

“The first round I missed some putts – the greens were pretty tough. I wanted to stay patient but my goal for the second round was four-under,” she said. “It was very tough to play two rounds in one day, I got tired but I drove the ball well and I’m very excited to be playing in the U.S. Open.”

Uehara’s afternoon started better than her morning as she finished her front nine 1-under par. She would bogey the first hole on the back nine before back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes. From there Uehara cruised and held on for a one-stroke victory with a par on each of the final six holes.

Brannan, formerly of Milaca, Minn., said Uehara is one of the best female golfers he’s ever caddied for. “I was told she was a good golfer but I had no idea she was going to be this good. She was incredibly straight off the tee and she couldn’t have missed more than a couple fairways in two rounds which was really impressive,” he added.

Kirby Dreher, a native of British Columbia, punched her ticket to this year’s U.S. Women’s Open as she claimed the second and final qualifying spot finishing with a two-round total of 147. Dreher opened Tuesday’s action with a 2-over par 74 in the morning session.

“I felt like I played decent during the first round and ended up being tied for second after the first round. After a bad hole I just wanted to stick to my routine and I told myself there was a lot of golf still to be played. I knew if I posted a strong second round that I would have a good shot,” she said.

Dreher didn’t start her final round as well as she hoped as she found herself 2-over par after her front nine. But a birdie on the 14th hole and another on the 17th dropped her back to even. She would bogey her final hole and finish her day 3-over par.

“I told myself to just par 18 and I would be good, but I ended up bogeying. I was nervous a bit and sort of talked myself into the bogey but ended up being okay,” she said. “You never know what can happen in tournaments like this. This golf course was really tough today; you had to hit the fairway and make putts, and that’s what I was able to do.

Dreher finished as first alternate in 2010 and ended up getting in the tournament at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., but missed the cut. She finished as first alternate again the following year and yet again in 2012. “This is my fourth time trying out and I’ve been an alternate three times in a row and now this time I’m in. It feels awesome – I feel like it’s my time.”

Lauren Mielbrecht, Gulf Stream, Fla., finished 5-over par (149) and will be the first alternate while Jennifer Ha of Calgary, Alberta finished 6-over par (150) and will be the second alternate. Ha also finished as low amateur.

Did not qualify:
T5. Emily Kvidera (a), Ramsey, Minn., 76-76 (152)
T11. Anna Laorr (a), Eden Prairie, Minn., 79-75 (154)
T13. McKenzie (a), New Prague, Minn., 77-78 (155)
T16. Rachael Schmidt (p), Elk River, Minn., 80-77 (157)
T21. Sarah Burnham (a), Maple Grove, Minn., 81-79 (160)
  23. Banchalee Theinthong (a), Minneapolis, 82-80 (162)
T29. Cassandra Deeg (a), Hugo, Minn., 87-79 (166)
T32. Angela Ause (p), St. Paul, Minn., 86-82 (168)
T32. Maggie Heggerston (a), Pequot Lakes, Minn., 81-87 (168)
  34. Breanna Lervick (a), Chanhassen, Minn., 88-81 (169)
T36. Tayler Hoag (a), Eden Prairie, Minn., 86-86 (172)
  38. Sierra Langlie (a), Andover, Minn., 91-83 (174)
  39. Hailey Boner (a), Stillwater, Minn., 88-87(175)


Complete tournament results may be found here. 


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