• Haley Andreas Competes in US Women’s Am

    by Skyler Lewis

    Pacific Grove High alumna Haley Andreas played last weekend at the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship, which took place at the Country Club of Charleston, South Carolina.

    This was Andreas’ first big tournament in over a year, and she was “ready to get back into the flow of competition”, especially with a new season of NCAA Division I golf ahead at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Players in such a USGA Amateur Championship participate first in two days of stroke play (scored by total strokes taken), which are used to determine standings for the subsequent match play (a single-elimination tournament in which the winner of each two-player matchup is scored by holes won rather than by total strokes taken).

    Andreas finished the two rounds of stroke play 9 over par, which did not qualify her for the match play tournament (the cutoff was 8). “The first day of stroke play was extremely windy, but overall I felt I played a lot better than my score reflected,” reported Andreas. “The greens were extremely quick and angulated so that was something I had to get adjusted to.”

    But such a finish did not discourage the dedicated player, who was both glad and grateful to be a part this event, which had “so many positives to feed off of.”

    “USGA events are always filled with the best competitors from around the world, so to be competing against the best made the experience humbling and exciting,” she said.

    Andreas was a standout player on the women’s golf team at Pacific Grove High School, where for all four years she both earned varsity letters in golf and made first-team MTAL All-League. After three years of playing golf at the University of Arizona, Andreas is transferring this year to the University of Louisville where she will attend on a full-ride golf scholarship.

    As a redshirt junior in her first year at Louisville, Andreas is experienced in balancing school and golf, with three years of college athletics already under her belt. She took additional classes at the University of Louisville this summer to lighten the load during golf season.

    After finishing her degree in Sports Administration in Louisville, Andreas plans on pursuing a full-time golf career. She is optimistic about her upcoming time at Louisville. “I believe my new coaches here will help me become the player I can be and support me in being the best that I can be as a player and student,” she said.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 15, 2013

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