Clovis West alum Orito, Fresno State's Sodersten qualify for U.S. Amateur Public Links

The Fresno BeeMay 28, 2014 

Ex-Clovis West High star Camille Orito shared medalist honors and Fresno State junior Hannah Sodersten also advanced to the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship through a single-round qualifier Wednesday in Stockton.

Orito -- who just completed her freshman year at New Mexico State -- and Blair Lewis of La Mesa both shot 71 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Sodersten was part of a five-player group at 75 that included Redwood City's Lucy Li, who made history by becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. Also in that group was Bakersfield's Meghan Shain (Frontier High).

The low nine individuals qualified for the Publinx championship, set for July 14-19 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

"I am really proud of Hannah on her round today qualifying her for the U.S. WAPL Championship," Bulldogs coach Emily Milberger said. "Hannah has been working hard these past few weeks on her game and her efforts have paid off as she will again represent Fresno State, Bulldog Golf and the Fresno community at this prestigious championship in Washington."

It marks the second straight year that Sodersten, who prepped at Clovis East High, has advanced to the championship.

"Today, I went into the round knowing that I had to be very patient because it was extremely windy," Sodersten said. "I had a score in mind that I thought would qualify (which was 75) but did not want to think about the score the whole time, but instead about playing smart and in the end it would give me the score I needed. I ended up shooting the score I had in mind and qualified for the last WAPL they will be holding."

At the championship, which is in its final year, the field will play two rounds of stroke-play qualifying before the top 64 move to match play. The final is a 36-hole match.

The U.S. Golf Association last year announced the retirement of the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championships after 2014. An internal review determined that the APL and WAPL no longer served their original mission because of the widespread accessibility public-course golfers enjoy in USGA championships.

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