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Islander Golfer Crista Izuzquiza Qualifies For U.S. Women’s Amateur

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 5:31 pm

Islander Boys and Girls Golf Coach Stuart Gordon recently alerted ‘Nado Natterings’ to the fact that Coronado High School (CHS) rising senior Crista Izuzquiza has qualified for the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships that will be held Aug. 5-11, 2019, at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. Izuzquiza, who will be the captain of the Islander Girls Golf Team this season, qualified for the Women’s Amateur July 1, 2019, at the Saticoy Club in Somis, where she shot a one-over par round of 73. A total of six golfers made the cut for the U.S. Women’s Amateur at the same qualifying event.

The field was international in composition, exemplified by Izuzquiza, who splits time between Coronado and the family home in Spain. Two of the other six qualifiers were Doey Choi from Sydney, Australia and Jieni Li from Hangzhou, China. The other three women who qualified for the Women’s Amateur at the Saticoy Club, all hailed from California.

A total of 1,375 women golfers participated at one of the 24 qualifying events. Qualifying is open to any female amateur whose handicap index does not exceed 5.4. The U.S. Women’s Amateur will have a field of 156 golfers.

Coach Gordon was happy with Izuzquiza’s performance. “Crista qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships is a very huge deal. She is playing in the Junior Worlds at Bernardo Heights Country Club for four days this week and she has a practice round today (Monday). Then she’s flying back to Spain. She is playing in a lot of tournaments and her improved play is due to her calming down mentally. Crista used to be very volatile on the golf course, and her Dad has been doing a lot of work with her.”

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is a true test of golf, played over seven days. August 5-6, participants play 18 holes of stroke play each day, with the top 64 scores advancing to the Round of 64, which is match play, held on Wednesday. Thursday there are two more rounds of match play. The Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals also follow a match play format and are held Friday and Saturday. Sunday, Aug. 11, a 36-hole Championship match is played.

Back to Coronado, Coach Gordon said an early look at the team includes five returning varsity players and five freshmen. Their first match this season will be played Aug. 14, with the first three matches coming against Morse, Mission Bay and University City. If you are interested in joining the Islander Girls Golf Team, or for questions related to any CHS Fall Sport, please contact Athletic Director Robin Nixon at Robin.Nixon@coronadousd.net.

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