Aug. 2, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State senior Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.), as well as former standout Stephanie Arcala (Oceanside, Calif.), will be among the field of 156 golfers at next week's 112th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, which runs from August 6-12 at the par-72, 6,512-yard The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio. This is Wong's second consecutive appearance after advancing to the round of 32 a year ago, while it will be the first for Arcala, who completed her collegiate eligibility with the Aztecs in 2011.
The pair both qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur by advancing out of the sectional qualifier at Glendora Country Club in Glendora, Calif., on July 9. Wong tied for second with a 72, while Arcala was three strokes back with a 75 to tie for 10th.
Wong has already had a very busy summer after picking up Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior. She won her second British Columbia Women's Amateur Championship in early July by four strokes and last week represented B.C. at the Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Championship. Wong also advanced to the round of 32 at the British Open Amateur in June and competed in the Western Amateur in Monroe, Mich., and the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.
An all-Mountain West selection as a senior, Arcala was a four-year letterwinner at San Diego State, compiling eight individual top-20 finishes and leading the squad to back-to-back trips to the NCAA regionals for the first time in program history. This is the Vista High graduate's second USGA championship after also participating in the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championships in Massachusetts.
The U.S. Women's Amateur features two rounds of stroke play with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play, which will be used to reduce the field to two golfers for the 36-hole finale on Aug. 12. The Golf Channel will broadcast the match-play portion of the competition, beginning with the first round on Aug. 8.