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SOFIE BABIC QUALIFIES FOR US WOMEN'S AMATEUR

SOFIE BABIC QUALIFIES FOR US WOMEN'S AMATEUR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State's Sofie Babic earned her way to the US Women's Amateur after placing second at the qualifying tournament at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, Calif. on July 15. Babic shot 68 to finish 5-under par during the round which left her two strokes off the pace of medalist Natalie Vo. However, easily earned her one of nine qualifying berths to the US Women's Amateur which will be held at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., on Aug. 5-11.

The US Women's Amateur will begin with single rounds of stoke play on Aug. 15-16. From there the top 64 players from the field of 156 will advance to match play. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. If necessary, a playoff will be used to trim the field to 64 following the second day. The rounds of 32 and 16 will continue match play on Aug. 8 with the quarterfinals and semifinals taking place on the following two days. The two finalists will then compete in the 36-hole championship on Sunday. Aug. 11, which will be televised on FS1. Old Waverly Golf Course has previously hosted US Women's Open in 1999 as well as several collegiate, amateur and junior events.

Babic started the tournament with a birdie on the par-5 10th hole and followed with five consecutive pars. She then birdied the par-4 16th but added a bogey on the par-3 17th and a par on No. 18 which left her 1-under at the turn. Despite being under par, the incoming senior knew she had to make a move over her final nine holes.

"I had been hitting a lot of greens over the first nine holes but hadn't been making the putts," she said. "I left a birdie putt short on my ninth hole (No. 18) which is the biggest mistake you can make. Before I started the 10th hole, I knew told myself that I had to play to my potential."

Babic parred the first hole and then surged with birdies on the par-4 second and par-5 third and fourth holes to jump to 4-under par. She then recorded four consecutive pars before ending her round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.

Playing at Sierra View is nothing knew for Babic as the course has been the site of the Sacramento State Invitational. "Having played the course several times before definitely helped my but I you still need to make putts," she explained. "That course is treelined so I tried to put myself in a position where I had room for misses."

Babic was a second team all-Big Sky selection during the 2018-19 season and helped the Hornets win the conference title. She was in the starting lineup in all 11 tournaments but had not competed since the team wrapped up the season at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional in May.

"I took a little time off from competition but had been practicing and working on my game. I had been plaing good golf and my mentality (for the qualifying tournament) was to just play another round of golf. I know the US Amateur is a big event, but it's also just another tournament. I'm going there to compete and will keep doing my normal preparations. I feel like I'm ready to play."