That Caribbean Vibe

Winning team from Wednesday qualifier at Meadow Hills will earn spot in 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in Puerto Rico

By Gary Baines – 8/31/2021

The final Colorado-based women’s USGA qualifying tournament of 2021 awaits this week. But, as is always the case with the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball — a mid-spring national tournament — the qualifier will take place a long time for the championship itself. In this case, 231 days prior.

Qualifying for the 2022 Women’s Four-Ball takes place in the late summer through the mid-fall of 2021. And the Colorado-based qualifier — Wednesday at Meadow Hills Golf Course in Aurora — is one of the earlier on the agenda, third of the 28 scheduled nationwide.  

Just six teams are attempting to qualify on Wednesday, with the top two-person team advancing to the national championship, set for April 20-24 in Puerto Rico.

Hailey Schalk of Erie, who has qualified for three U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Balls — but actually competed in just one — is scheduled to tee it up on Wednesday with University of Colorado teammate Lauren Gooding from England. Schalk qualified last year with CU’s Alisha Lau for the 2021 national Four-Ball, but didn’t end up playing as the event conflicted with the Pac-12 Championships. And that could prove to be an issue again as CU’s Pac-12 meet is scheduled for April 18-20 in Eugene, Ore., and the Four-Ball for April 20-24 in Puerto Rico.

Also among those in Wednesday’s qualifying field are Colorado Girls Junior Americas Cup teammates Jessica Mason of Westminster and Katelyn Lehigh of Loveland. Mason won the Colorado Junior PGA Championship this year, while Lehigh captured the 5A girls state high school title.

Kaylee Chen of Denver, another Colorado GJAC player this year, will pair with two-time Colorado Junior Match Play winner Morgan Miller of Texas as another team. 

For Wednesday’s tee times at Meadow Hills, CLICK HERE.