Tuesday, July 10, 2007

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss sophomore Dori Carter played her way into the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur on Monday, shooting a low-round of 69 to claim medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur qualifier in Newnan, Georgia, and earn a berth in the prestigious event.

Carter was one of 48 players competing for six spots in the U.S. Amateur at the event played at Summer Grove Golf Club. She competed in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur and also claimed a spot in the U.S. Open that season.

Carter hopes that experience will help her this season as she prepares to compete in the national event once again.

“It is amazing,” Carter said of claiming the qualifying event. “I played in the 2005 U.S. Amateur when I qualified. I didn’t play well, so going back this year gives me the opportunity to redeem myself. I am really glad I was able to go out and qualify again. It was kind of a slow start today, but was very exciting by the end, obviously.”

Ole Miss head golf coach Michele Drinkard agreed.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur,” Drinkard said. “To win medalist honors on the way to qualifying is just the icing on the cake.”

The 107th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be held at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., August 6-12.

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