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Carol Robertson To Compete In The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

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Release: August 06, 2011
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Aug. 6, 2011

ODU women's head golf coach Carol Robertson will be competing in the U.S. Women's Amateur championship, set for Aug. 8-14 at Rhode Island Country Club. She joins two other Virginians - Herndon's Shabril Brewer, and Floyd's Jessica Hollandsworth.

Robertson is exempt off her runner-up finish at last year's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, while Brewer and Hollandsworth both reached the national championship through sectional qualifying.

After winning the 2006 Virginia State Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship, Robertson turned professional and played the LPGA Futures Tour from 2007-09 before officially being reinstated as an amateur on Sept. 5, 2010.

In an almost storybook tale, she reached the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur through sectional qualifying two days later at Rivermont Country Club in Johns Creek, Ga. At the national championship, at Wichita (Kan.) Country Club, Robertson, the fifth low qualifier for match play, won five matches to get to the final match, Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., scored a 2-up victory.

With the return, Robertson earned a place in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, earning her second start in the event after just missing match play in 2004 at Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa.

Robertson, 28, was named the women's golf coach at Old Dominion University in late June and admittedly welcomes the transition from coach to player in her start at the Women's Amateur. She sees the experience as having potential benefits down the road, both personally and in her role in overseeing Old Dominion's women's golf program.

"I think it helps me on both sides. I watch my players and sometimes think, `Why aren't you doing that? Do what you tell your girls - practice what I preach,' " Robertson said with a laugh. She was a quarterfinalist at this summer's VSGA Women's Amateur at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va. "I still know what it feels like to be under pressure. I think it's good to keep playing while being a coach because you can pass the lessons along to your players."

Robertson is a two-time CAA Player of the Year, in 2003 and 2004, and three time first team All-CAA selection. She was the Conference medalist in 2003, and twice qualified for the NCAA East Region. Last year, she was one of 25 selected to the CAA's Silver Anniversary team for women's golf. Robertson has been serving as the VSGA Junior golf club tournament Director in Hampton Roads. She played on the LPGA Future's Tour from 2007-09.

The three Virginians have decided a take a strength-in-numbers approach; they will play in the same group of three in practice rounds on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 6-7 at Rhode Island Country Club, which is hosting its fifth USGA championship.

The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association'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.

The champion will be presented the Cox Cup. First awarded 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.

At the national championship, the first and second rounds of stroke play for the 156-player field are set for Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 8-9. Thereafter, the low 64 scorers will advance to the match play portion of the championship. The opening round of match play is set for Wednesday, Aug. 10, followed by the second and third rounds on Thursday, Aug. 11. The quarterfinals and semifinals are Friday-Saturday, Aug. 12-13, followed by the scheduled 36-hole final on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Golf Channel will broadcast the match-play portion of the championship Aug. 10-14 from 3-5 p.m. (edt).

By Andrew Blair of the VSGA.

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