Pepperdine Golfers Set for U.S. Women's Open
June 3, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Five past and current members of the Pepperdine women's golf program will compete at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, set for July 8-11 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
Current Waves Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and Danielle Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) earned their place via qualifying, as did alum Tamie Durdin. Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright are regulars on the LPGA Tour and finished in the top 50 on the 2009 money list to earn their spot at the 2010 U.S. Open.
At a qualifier on Tuesday (June 1) at Industry Hills Golf Club, Drolson, Durdin and Kang were among 11 players to earn a spot. Drolson tied for second overall (and tied as the low amateur) with a 141 (70-71). Durdin (71-74=145) and Kang (75-70=145) tied for eighth place.
Kang recently completed an outstanding freshman season that only began in February, as she graduated early from high school in order to enroll at Pepperdine in January. She won the Bruin Wave Invitational and in the postseason she was the Waves' top finisher at the NCAA East Regional (taking sixth place) and at the NCAA Championships (tying for 15th place). Her season stroke average of 73.22 is the fifth-best in school history.
Drolson, who will be a junior in 2010-11, has had a strong first two seasons at Pepperdine. She has been named to the All-West Coast Conference first team twice and her career stroke average of 75.63 sits just outside Pepperdine's all-time top 10.
Durdin earned All-American first team honors for the Waves in 2000. Hull was a three-time All-American and the 2003 NGCA National Player of the Year. Wright was a four-time All-American.
"My phone was ringing last night as the Industry Hills qualifier was concluding after a long, 36-hole day on a difficult course," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "There have been 11 current and former Waves qualify for the U.S. Women's Open and we are excited to have Pepperdine represented by these five in 2010.
"Tamie Durdin was our program's first All American student-athlete and Danielle Kang will be our most recent in 2010, so these five stretch from the beginning to the present of our success. Kaitlin and Danielle have been working hard on their games and conditioning since classes ended in April as the team prepared for postseason, and I think that helped them finish strong on the last nine holes."
Pepperdine tied for 14th place at the recently concluded NCAA Championships and ranked ninth in the final Golfweek/Sagarin index.