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Melanie Green wins R&A Women’s Amateur Championship

Portmarnock, Ireland, 29 June 2024 – Graduate of the University of South Florida Melanie Greenthe AAC Golfer of the Year, has won the R&A Women’s Amateur Championship.

Green (Medina, NY) is the first winner from the United States since Kelli Kuehne in 1996 and took the trophy 77 years after LPGA founding member Babe Zaharias became the first American woman to win the amateur championship in 1947.

Founded in 1893, the Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the leading amateur golf championships for female golfers.

In her first appearance in the championship, Green topped an international field of 144 players, including four players in the top 10, seven in the top 20 and 20 players in the top 50 of the Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings. Green came into the match just outside the top 50 at 54.th.

Green defeated Lorna McClymont of Milngavie, Scotland, 2-0 in a back-and-forth 36-hole final. Green fell behind early and trailed 4-0 after the first eight holes. A birdie on the ninth hole turned things around and Green led 1-0 after the first 18 holes.

After the first six of the second 18 holes, Green extended her lead to 3up. McClymont mounted a comeback with three birdies on the next eight holes to take a 1up lead with three holes to go. A birdie by Green on hole 16 brought the match back to the mark. Green won the next hole, took a one-stroke lead with one hole to go and finished the match in style with a birdie on the final hole for a 2up win.

With the win, Green gains entry to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, Amundi Evian Championship, Chevron Championship and an invitation to compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. Green competed in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in 2024.

The field began with 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 32 players moving on to match play. Green finished the match tied at 12th at 150 (+6) in stroke play competition.

In her semifinal match, Green defeated Marie Eline Madsen of Denmark 3&1. Needing extra holes to secure her place in the semifinals, she defeated Paula Schulz-Hanssen of Germany in the quarterfinals on the 20th hole. In the round of 16, Green defeated Paula Martin Sampedro of Spain 6&5.

Green won her first match 5&3 against Victoria Kristensen of Denmark and defeated Hsin Chun Liao of Chinese Taipei 5&4 in the second round.



About USF Women’s Golf

In the record-setting 2023-24 season, the Bulls won three times and finished in the top four in nine of 10 events. The three wins are the most in a season since four wins in 2011-12. USF finished third in the American Athletic Conference Championship, matching the best finish in the tournament in program history. In 2022-23 and 2023-24, the Bulls played in consecutive NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2001-02. Outstanding Senior Melanie Greenthe 2023-24 AAC Conference Player of the Year, an all-conference player in each of her four seasons, was named to the 2023-24 WGCA Division I All-American Second Team. Green qualified for the 2022 NCAA Regional as an individual and was named an All-American Honorable Mention in 2023. Green and the Bulls reached the 2023 NCAA Regional as a team, marking the program’s first postseason appearance in 11 years. Follow @USFWGolf on Twitter for the latest information on the program.



 

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