Allison Paik Among Players Attempting to Qualify for U.S. Women’s Open
Former Wheeler star and defending Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Champion Allison Paik will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open on Wednesday at Dedham Country and Polo Club in Massachusetts.
This will be one of Paik’s first competitive tournament of the season after the Ivy League canceled all sports, including golf, this past year.
“Being a student athlete during COVID has affected the competition schedule this year, but not my practice routines. I feel stronger from a year ago. My first year at Columbia, a challenge in its own right, is done,” Paik told GolfNewsRI.
Paik tees off on ten at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday for her first round. The second round will start in the afternoon.
She is playing with California’s Bibilani Liu and New Jersey’s Yoona Kim.
Other Rhode Islander’s in the field include Cranston’s Alexis Florio (7:57 a.m.), Newport’s Addy Douglas (8:09 a.m. off 1) and Warwick’s Susie Cavanagh (8:33 a.m.).
Two qualifying spots and two alternate spots are up for grabs.
Qualifying players will advance to the 76th U.S. Women’s Open Championship at The Olympic Club.
About the Course
Dedham Country and Polo Club was created in 1910 as a merger of the Norfolk Country Club and Dedham Polo Club.
“The course is typical for a USGA qualifier, testing various facets of the game. It is a privilege to play at Dedham Country and Polo Club, knowing its history and beautiful layout. Playing fearless is key considering the level of competition this week,” said Paik.
She added, “Some of the holes require the whole package of accuracy and a sharp short game, so I think the field will be glad with pars on those holes, for example #2. Five of the holes are par-3s, and that could be a huge swing factor.”