Kraus earns spot in U.S. Amateur


CHEVY CHASE -- Andrea Kraus, of Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, was the lone Baltimore entry to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur championship during local play at Columbia CC yesterday. Her round of 37-38-75 was surpassed only by medalist Cathy Reynolds, of Wilmington, Del., 38-34-72.

There were 26 entries for seven places, and the field, although stronger than in recent years, struggled with the 90-degree heat, high humidity, and a golf course played from the middle markers to a yardage of 6,009 and a par of 35-35-70. Twelve players broke 80, and it took a four-way playoff at 78 to sort out the last three qualifiers.

The championship will be Aug. 7-12 in Brookline, Mass.

Kraus had three bogeys on each side and a birdie at No. 7. She finished up by saving par from a green-side bunker with a putt from 18 inches. This will be her third successive trip to the championship.

Reynolds, seeing the Connecticut Avenue course for the first time, was 3-over par after six holes, but settled down with two birdies and a bogey the rest of the way. This will be the second trip to the national tournament for the recent Delaware State Women's Amateur finalist.

Included in the playoff at 78 was Jennifer Lewis, the two-time Maryland State Women's championship medalist from Woodmont CC. She got safely in for the first time when she made birdie, getting up and down from a fairway bunker at No. 1.

Among the qualifiers were Amy Ellertson, Charlottesville, Va., and Tiffany Faucette, Ormond Beach, Fla.

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Wes Lovell included an eagle and five birdies in his round, and Jamie Geilenkirchen had three birdies, as the two shot 3-under-par 69s and shared the medal in 15-17 qualifying for the annual tournament.

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