LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore golfer Sofia Garcia qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Monday afternoon after earning medalist honors at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston.
Garcia cruised to the top of the leaderboard following a 6-under-par 66 that was three strokes better than second-place finisher Gurleen Kaur. Garcia was one of just four players in the 54-player field to shoot under par during the 18-hole event.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur will run Aug. 7-13 from the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California. The week-long tournament will feature 36 holes of stroke play over the first two days in order to narrow the field down to a 64-player match play format.
The entire portion of match play will air each night on FOX Sports 1. The USGA will also provide coverage during the afternoon portions of the Round of 32 matches as well as the championship match on its website, USGA.org.
Garcia was among the best freshmen in the country during the 2016-17 season as she helped lead Tech to its third NCAA Championships appearance in school history. She led the team with a 73.6 scoring average, which ranked as the sixth lowest in program history and the lowest ever for a Tech freshman.
A native of Asuncion, Paraguay, Garcia is no stranger to the top amateur tournaments across the globe, having already participated in the World Amateur Championships as well as the Ladies European Amateur. She won the South American Amateur in both 2015 and 2016, becoming the first player on the women’s side to win the tournament in consecutive years.