SOUTH BEND, Ind. – UNC Greensboro's Erica Creed and Rachel Uremovich have been promoted into the field for the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship beginning next Monday at Notre Dame's Warren Course.
Creed carded a round of 77 and Uremovich a round of 78 during sectional qualifying last month at Greenville, N.C.'s Ironwood Golf Club. That earned them both alternate status. Last week, they were informed that they were receiving bids into the tournament field. Typically, 156 players are invited to the tournament each year.
Creed, a native of Kernersville, N.C., who will be a senior this upcoming year, will be making her second appearance in the WAPL. In 2008, she advanced to the second round of match play before falling in the round of 32 at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wis. Creed qualified out of a sectional at Ironwood that year, as well.
Uremovich is a native of Hilton Head, S.C., who sat out this past season as a redshirt after earning all-state all four years in high school. She was the 2006 Carolinas Junior Player of the Year, winning the South Carolina Junior Girls' Match Play Championship and the Twin States' Junior Girls' Championship that year.
Tee times for Monday's opening round will be announced over the weekend. The format consists of 36 holes of stroke play, followed by a cut to 64 players to begin the match-play phase.
The Warren Course at Notre Dame will be set up between 6,091 and 6,133 yards and par is 71 (35 on the front side and 36 on the back). Depending on the location of tee markers, the sixth hole will either play 363 or 400 yards, accounting for the difference in the course layout.
On either side of the fairways, a swath of intermediate rough running the length of each hole will be set to 1¼ inches. Then, there will be a band of graduated rough cut at 3-3½ inches. The greens will be set to run at 10½ to 11 feet on the Stimpmeter for the duration of the championship. Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 75.5 and the Slope Rating is 131.
The 250-acre layout is located just off the northeast corner of Notre Dame's campus on a piece of university property that features bluffs and wetlands along with Juday Creek, a 13-mile stream that meanders through most of the course. The creek became an important part of the design by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.
This will be the first USGA championship conducted at the course and 18th USGA event overall in Indiana. While the U.S. Amateur Public Links has been played in Indiana five times, the last in 1991 at Otter Creek G.C. in Columbus, this will be the first Women's Amateur Public Links contested in the Hoosier State.
While other USGA championships have been conducted on university or college owned golf courses, this will be the first WAPL ever held at such a venue. Last year's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship was held at the Jimmie Austin/Oklahoma University Golf Club in Norman. Several U.S. Junior Amateurs have also been held at campus courses, including the University of Michigan, Yale University, University of Illinois and Purdue University, located not far from the Warren G.C. in West Lafayette, Ind.
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