Even though Elizabeth Szokol came up short in her attempt to earn a berth in the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament a year ago, the qualifier proved a valuable experience.
By shooting a 72 in the qualifier at Homewood’s Ravisloe Country Club in early July, Szokol advanced to August’s U.S. Women’s Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York. The Winnetka native and New Trier grad was one of seven to make the cut at Ravisloe.
“Previous experience kind of helped that,” Szokol said. “Playing for Northwestern [in 2013-14] and just getting that tournament experience in, and getting in some good practice time in the month of June.”
Szokol said she’s anticipating longer rough at Nassau and she’s fine-tuning her short game for the tournament that runs from Monday-Aug. 11. She wants to do well in stroke play and see what happens.
“I’m really excited to be playing in the event, a really prestigious event,” Szokol said. “It’s great to finally be able to qualify and a lot of great players will be there. I’m really looking forward to playing in that event.”Elizabeth Szokol