Hadley Ashton of Erie continued her outstanding play at the Blue Course at the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Golf Course earning medalist honors in qualifying for the 2022 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
The 14-year old Ashton shot a two-over par 74 to earn the first of two qualifying spots in the prestigious Girls’ Junior to be played on July 18-23 at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green Kentucky. The second spot went to 17-year old Diane Guercio of Plano, Texas who came in with a five-over par 77.
Earlier this month, Ashton won the AJGA Hale Irwin at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve as well as individual and team wins for Erie High School in the 4A state championship.
Ashton will gain valuable experience for the 2023 U.S. Girls’ national championship which will be played at Eisenhower’s Blue Course next July. The Air Force Academy Blue Course was scheduled to host the national championship in 2020 but was cancelled due to Covid. The CGA, USGA and Air Force Academy were able to carry forward the 2020 plans and reschedule for 2023.
The field for the U.S. Girls’ Junior will consist of 156 players from around the world. The top 64 players from the first two rounds of stroke play qualifying will advance to single elimination match play.