WESTMINSTER, Colo. - University of Colorado sophomore golfer Robyn Choi will compete in the U.S. Women's Open after winning the Colorado Golf Association's qualifying event at The Ranch Country Club on Monday.
Choi shot 6-under, 136, at Monday's 36-hole tournament on the 6,605-yard par 71 course, to advance to her second-straight USGA national championship. The 73rd U.S. Women's Open will be held May 31-June 3 at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala.
Choi set the pace early, shooting 5-under 66 over her first 18 holes, carding the low score of the tournament. She shot 1-under in the second round to claim a four stroke win over University of Georgia's Jillian Hollis, who earned the second qualifying spot at 2-under.
"I'm very excited to have qualified again this year because it's a tournament I really wanted to play in again and winning the event by a few shots was a great feeling," Choi said.
Choi's May has been busy to say the least. After wrapping up with finals, Choi helped Colorado advance to its second NCAA Championship appearance as the Buffaloes placed sixth in last week's NCAA San Francisco Regional. The 2018 All-Pac-12 Conference selection shot a 69 on the final day to finish tied for 13th overall at 1-under.
Colorado now heads to the NCAA Championship round, May 18-23, at the Karsten Golf Club in Stillwater Okla.
Choi hopes to build on her experiences, not only from this year, but from the 2017 U.S. Open at Trump National in New Jersey where she shot 9-over in two rounds, missing the cut for the weekend's finals by seven strokes.
"I definitely learned a lot from the Women's Open and I'm hoping to learn more again and play a litter better too," Choi said. "This year I know what to expect and so I'm not as nervous but more excited to play and enjoy the competition."
Choi wasn't the only Buff in the U.S. Open qualifier field. Senior Brittany Fan shot 3-over 145, tying for fifth.