UNCP's Moore Qualifies For U.S. Women's Amateur
LEXINGTON – Rising senior Meghan Moore achieved another first on Monday as the shot a two-round total of 159 at the Sapona Country Club in Lexington on Monday to become the first UNCP golfer to advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
Moore is the third golfer, male or female, to participate in a major amateur tournament, joining men's all-Americans Jordan Walor (2008 U.S. Amateur, 2010 U.S. Amateur) and Jonathan McCurry (2010 U.S. Public Links, 2011 U.S. Amateur) to qualify for a tournament of that caliber.
The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship from August 6-12. The U.S. Women's Amateur is open to female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. The deadline for entries was June 27. The USGA received a record 1,123 entries for the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur. The previous record of 1,049 was set in 2010.
Moore collected the first all-American award in the history of the Peach Belt Conference this season after posting a school record and league-leading 76.03 stroke average in 2011-12 – the second-best total in the history of the league. Along the way, she picked up PBC Player of the Year and first team all-PBC laurels after registering 11 top-10 finishes (12 events), including five tournaments in which she finished among the top five players on the individual leaderboard. A two-time PBC Female Golfer of the Week selection, Moore took home individual medalist honors at both the Armstrong Pirate Women's Invitational and Ralph Hargett Memorial, while finishing second at a quartet of tournaments, including the NCAA Super Regional Two Tournament and the NCAA Championships.
A three-year starter for the Lady Braves, Moore has compiled a program-best 76.3 career stroke average, while also posting 19 top-10 finishes (23 total events) over the last three years, including 17 top-5 showings. She has also tallied a phenomenal .930 (1,367-103) win-loss percentage during that time frame as well.