Truly an international school, the IJGA had five former students representing five different countries qualify for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur. The prestigious USGA event, hosted by Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore., on August 10-16, 2015, featured many of the best amateurs from across the globe. Not surprisingly, the IJGA representatives were a very international group. They included Ayaka Nakayama of Japan, Naranphat “Pear” Siriko of Thailand, Ana Paula Valdes of Mexico, Kim Mitchell of America and Laura Restrepo of Panama.
Restrepo, Valdes and Mitchell all advanced to the match play Round of 64. Restrepo fired a second-round even-par 72 to earn a 147 two-day total, putting her in a tie for 41st alongside Valdes. Valdes closed out her second round making par or better on her final six holes, including birdies on holes No. 14-16. Mitchell survived a 16-for-10 playoff by making par on the first two playoff holes.
After winning the first three match play holes with birdies, Restrepo went on to win three more holes, finishing at 5 up to advance to the Round of 32. She tees off against Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., today, August, 13, 2015, at 9:10 a.m. PDT.
IJGA alum Richy Werenski fired a 6-under 65 in the first round of the Web.com Tour Digital Ally Open and didn’t record a round over par. He tied for 33rd and will look to improve on that finish this week in the Price Cutter Charity Championship. He tees off today at 2:15 p.m. CDT.
Coming off a back injury, IJGA alum Pablo Larrazabal tied for 50th in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He will compete against former IJGA student Morgan Hoffmann in this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.
In other news, IJGA alum Minami Levonowich made her second hole-in-one of the summer (and the second ace of her career) last weekend! Her most recent ace came during Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club.
Best of luck to all of the current and former IJGA students competing this week!