DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University sophomore women's golfer Courtney Ellenbogen received a very exciting phone call from the United States Golf Association (USGA) this week informing her that she will be playing in the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, which will take place July 8-11 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
After finishing fourth in an U.S. Open qualifer on June 3 in Sanford, N.C., Ellenbogen was listed as an alternate with rounds of 77 and 68 for a total of 145 at the Carolina Trace Country Club Lake Course. She needed some help from the LPGA over the last few weeks and she received that with tournament winners Meaghan Francella, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr already qualified for the U.S. Open, which opened an additional spot for Ellenbogen.
"I am really excited to be back in the Open, especially on a course like Oakmont," said Ellenbogen. "I cannot wait to get there and compete against the best."
Ellenbogen will see action in her third U.S. Women's Open as she also played in 2007 and 2008. A native of Blacksburg, Va., Ellenbogen has missed the cut in each of her other two opportunities.
A 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Academic Team selection, Ellenbogen closed her freshman campaign with a team-best tied for 18th finish at the NCAA Championship. She posted a 75.00 stroke average along with one top five, two top 10 and five top 20 finishes on the year.
Ellenbogen is now exempt for the U.S. Women's Amateur, which will be played Aug. 11-15 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.
Duke will also have former Blue Devils Amanda Blumenherst, Brittany Lang and Liz Janangelo playing in the 2010 U.S. Open. Current Duke golfer Lindy Duncan and 2009 graduate Jennie Lee are both listed as alternates.
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