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Mocio and Fabrizio to Compete at USGA Women's Amateur Championship

July 11, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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HOUSTON, Texas – Texas A&M senior Chelsea Mocio and incoming freshman Bianca Fabrizio qualified for the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, held August 5-11 at The Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Mocio advanced to the Amateur Championship for the fourth consecutive year with a three-over (74) round at the sectional qualifying event which was held Wednesday at the Champions Golf Club in Houston.

Fabrizio is one of 31 players exempt from qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur either through past play in USGA events, other elite championships or by being among the top 25 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking as of the close of entries on June 25.  The Italy native finished seventh at the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship earning her the exemption.

“I am so proud of Chelsea for qualifying for another USGA event,” Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs said. “She began her round a little rocky, but earned a birdie on the fifth hole to spark the rest of the round. She was solid for the final 13 holes. I look forward to watching her and Bianca at the Championship.”

At last year’s Amateur Championship Mocio failed to advance to match play after shooting 11-over (78-77) during the first two rounds of stroke play at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio. At the 2011 Championship Mocio advanced to match-play following a four-over (71-75) performance in stroke play before her run ended in the round of 64, falling to Jaye Marie Green.

Mocio and Fabrizio will travel to South Carolina in early August for the Women's Amateur, which was one of the USGA's original three championships along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open. It was first conducted in 1895.

The championship begins with 156 of the best amateur golfers from around the world playing 36 holes of stroke play on Aug. 5-6. The advancing 64 players then compete in a match-play bracket starting on Aug. 7, with the champion determined by a 36-hole final match on Aug. 11.

For more information on the U.S. Women's Amateur, please visit USGA.org.

2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Country Club of Charleston (http://www.countryclubofcharleston.com) will be set up at 6,488 yards and will play to a par of 36-35—71. (NOTE: yardages subject to change) 

ARCHITECT: The Country Club of Charleston was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1929. Some of Raynor’s other works include Fishers Island, Fox Chapel outside of Pittsburgh (2002 Curtis Cup) and Yale Golf Club (1952 U.S. Junior Amateur). Raynor was a disciple of Charles Blair Macdonald, considered the father of American golf architecture.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any female amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4.

COURSE/SLOPE RATING: Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 77.3 and the USGA Slope Rating is 137. 

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted a record 1,170 entries for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, surpassing the 1,123 entries the USGA accepted for the 2012 championship. The Women's Amateur has exceeded 1,000 entries for the past four championships, including 2013.     

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be conducted at 18 sites between July 1-16. 

2012 CHAMPION:  Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old from New Zealand, became the second-youngest Women’s Amateur champion in history when she won the 2012 championship by defeating Jaye Marie Green 3 and 1 at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio. One month later, Ko, the top-ranked amateur in the Women’s World Golf Ranking, won the LPGA Tour’s CN Canadian Women’s Open, becoming the first amateur to win on tour since JoAnne Carner in 1969.

For more information, http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474849462.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 31 players are fully exempt from qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur either through past play in USGA or other elite championships or by being among the top 25 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking (WWAGR) as of the close of entries on June 25.

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Aug. 3-4. The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
Aug. 5 (Monday) – First round of stroke play
Aug. 6 (Tuesday) – Second round of stroke play
Aug. 7 (Wednesday) – First round of match play
Aug. 8 (Thursday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Aug. 9 (Friday) – Quarterfinals, match play
Aug. 10 (Saturday) – Semifinals, match play
Aug. 11 (Sunday) – 36-hole championship final, match play.

THE TROPHY: The Cox Trophy was presented in 1896 by Robert Cox, of Gorgie, Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of Britain’s Parliament. It is the only USGA trophy donated by a person from another country and is the oldest survivor among trophies for USGA championships.

THE USGA AT THE COUNTRY CLUB OF CHARLESTON: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston. CCC member Beth Daniel won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1975 and 1977.

SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE USGA: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be the 15th USGA championship conducted in South Carolina. The first was the 1962 U.S. Women’s Open, conducted at Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach and won by Murle Lindstrom. The most recent was the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur at The Kiawah Island Club, won by Nathan Smith.

This will be the first time that the U.S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted in the state.

TICKETS: Admission to the U.S. Women’s Amateur is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA's original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

FUTURE U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEURS
Aug. 4-10, 2014 – Nassau C.C., Glen Cove, N.Y.
2015 – TBD
Aug. 8-14, 2016 – Rolling Green G.C., Springfield, Pa.

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