Chow Set for Next Week's U.S. Women's Open Championship
June 12, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Marissa Chow, a junior on the Pepperdine women's golf team, will join a couple of the Waves' alums at next week's U.S. Women's Open Championship, set for the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) will be in action starting with the first round next Thursday (June 19). Though she will compete as an amateur, this is her first professional event.
She was originally slated to participate in Pepperdine's study abroad program in Lausanne, Switzerland, this summer, but decided to postpone that after qualifying.
"I am excited to play the U.S. Open because it is the biggest event I will have ever played in," said Chow, who will have her Aunt Lenore serve as her caddy. "I think that my goal for the tournament is to enjoy it for all that it has to offer. I would like to gain a new perspective of the game, because I want to see the different ways that these accomplished women play golf. I think it is going to be such a treat to play with these players and I am so thankful that I get to experience this prestigious event."
Chow earned her spot in the field by winning a sectional qualifier on May 14 at Oak Valley Golf Course in Beaumont, Calif. She shot a 147 to earn medalist honors by three strokes.
"I figured the qualifier would be a good tournament for the experience and to see how I would compare to some top-ranked players," Chow said. "I played the qualifier free and without any reservations and concerns. After the first round I wasn't too happy with the way I played, but I thought it was a good test of my game. As the shuttle person was taking me back to the clubhouse, she asked what I had shot and I told her I shot 77. She looked amazed and told me that was a really good score. I was shocked because I knew that it was tough playing in the extreme wind, but I didn't think the scores would be as high as they were.
"Even after completing the second round, I didn't think I had made it. There were lots of great players in this event and I definitely thought that they would have shot same great scores. It turned out that I was three shots ahead of the field. It was all so surreal to me, and it still is. But my first thought when I found out I qualified was concern about Switzerland."
Chow has earned All-West Coast Conference first team honors in each of her first two seasons. Her career scoring average of 73.50 currently ranks third all-time at Pepperdine. Her 72.83 scoring average in 2013-14 was sixth-best in Waves' history, and she ended the year ranked 29th nationally by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin.
"Marissa had an excellent sophomore year and will be a leader on our team next year as a junior," said Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs, who will be in attendance at the U.S. Open. "Marissa was the low qualifier under very difficult conditions. I think that experience will help her at the U.S. Women's Open and in her future competitions."
Several Pepperdine alums are full-time on the LPGA Tour and two of them will also be participating in the U.S. Open. Danielle Kang and Katherine (Hull) Kirk have both played in the event multiple times. Their best finishes include a tie for 14th by Kang in 2012 and a tie for 25th by Kirk in 2007. Chow is the 11th Wave to compete at the Open.
A couple of other one-time Waves -- Lisa McCloskey and Jessica Wallace -- also earned a spot in the field through qualifying.