Date: May 18, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Oh rides form into US Open field

Melbourne’s Su Oh has qualified for the Women’s US Open.

Oh, who’ll turn 20 next week, gave herself an early birthday present when she won medallist honours at the Shady Oaks Country Club in Texas.

As just one of two successful players from the Fort Worth-based club, Oh will join the elite field at Cordevalle, south-east of San Francisco from July 7-10 for arguably the biggest of the women’s major championships.

Oh has begun to show her true form on the LPGA Tour lately and charged to 77th on the Race to the CME Globe on the back of a top-20 finish at the Swinging Skirts Classic last month.

But having selected Shady Oaks as her prospective path to the Open, things didn’t start smoothly for the Golf Australia rookie squad member when she took a double bogey on her opening hole, the 10th.

From there, though, Oh knuckled down to shoot the morning’s best score, a two-under-par 69.

Oh squared the ledger with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, then with club teaching pro Charlie Mack on her bag, rammed home her advantage with two more birdies on the seventh and ninth holes.

Her afternoon round was more problematic, but three birdies and five bogeys was enough to ensure a par finish through the two rounds, enough to avoid what turned into a three-way playoff for second at one over, eventually won by Colorado’s Hannah Wood.

Oh, whose good form has meant she’s exempt into most LPGA Tour events and will play a full schedule barring the Portland Classic before the year’s third major championship.

In other qualifying news, Nelly Korda, younger sister of former Women’s Australian Open champion Jessica, romped to medallist honours at Bradenton Country Club in Florida and will play her first major as a professional after playing a couple as an amateur previously.