Rachel Virgili earns U.S. Women’s Open spot
By WPGA • May 7, 2019
On Monday, forty-five players teed it up for the chance at a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier hosted by Chartiers Country Club. In the end, western Pennsylvania native Rachel Virgili, came out on top with a 1-over par total of 141.
Virgili, known to some by her maiden name Rohanna, got off to a bit of a rocky start with bogies on 3 of her first 6 holes but played the final twelve holes of the morning round at even par to finish at +3, 73. The second round was much different for Virgili. She birded holes 2 and 3 and finished the opening nine at even par. She began the back 9 with birdies on 10, 11 and 12 to get to -3. Virgili made a bogey on the 16th hole to finish the second round with a 2-under par, 68. Her two-round total of 141 was good enough for a four shot victory.
Fifteen-year old rising star Paris Hilinski took the first alternate spot with a 5-over total of 145. Hilinski’s second round 70 propelled her from a tie for 9th after round one into 2nd place. Alexandra White ended the day as the second alternate with a 6-over total of 146. An eagle on the par 4, 8th hole, highlighted White’s day. Symetra Tour winner, Jillian Hollis, and 2015 U.S Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Lauren Greenlief, led after the morning round however both players slipped out of contention in the afternoon.
The U.S. Women’s Open will be contested on May 30th through June 2nd at Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. This will be Rachel Virgili’s third time playing in the national championship. She missed the cut in 2011 and 2013.
USGA qualifying conducted by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association will continue throughout the summer. For all the latest Western Pennsylvania Golf Association updates, follow the WPGA on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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