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Srinivasan wins US Open qualifier

Furman golfer Natalie Srinivasan from Spartanburg was the medalist and low amateur at the US Women’s Open qualifying tournament in Chapel Hill, (Twitter photo)

Lady Paladin golfer Natalie Srinivasan won the US Women’s Open qualifying tournament at the Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill.

The Southern Conference individual champion earned a spot in the 2017 United States Women’s Open, which will be held July 10-16 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

“This is such an honor,” said Srinivasan. “Qualifying for the U.S. Open is something most people dream of.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to have the chance to qualify,” said the SoCon Freshman of the Year.

Srinivasan shot rounds of 70 and 71 to finish at 3-under par and top two other South Carolina golfers for the top qualifying spot.

Alabama golfer Lauren Stephenson from Lexington won a playoff for a spot in the US Women’s Open. (Twitter photo)

Alabama golfer Lauren Stephenson from Lexington and recent USC grad Katelyn Dambaugh from Goose Creek each finished at 2-under par.

The two Palmetto State golfers had to play off for the one other spot available at the qualifying tournament.

Stephenson made a three-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the second qualifying spot. Dambaugh is the first alternate.

Srinivasan is the first Furman golfer to qualify for the US Open since Stefanie Kenoyer made the field for the 2009 tournament.

Stephenson was a first team All-SEC golfer in her first season at Alabama after transferring from Clemson.

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