Ashburn resident Lauren Greenlief is part of the 132-player field set to compete next week at the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur. The championship is scheduled for Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.
Greenlief, 29, will make her eighth start in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. In 2018, Greenlief became the first mid-amateur golfer in 12 years to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
“I have really cherished all the opportunities I’ve had to play in the Women’s Am,” Greenlief told the USGA. “But I’ve had this year’s Am on my calendar for a few years, since I live less than 40 minutes away from Woodmont and I’ve played the course a number of times. It’s pretty rare to have such an opportunity.”
A former walk-on at the University of Virginia where she earned three varsity letters on the Cavaliers’ golf team, Greenlief won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. She advanced to the Mid-Amateur Championship semifinals in 2019.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur is a mix of stroke play and match play. After two rounds of stroke play on Aug. 3-4, the top 64 golfers will advance to the match-play portion of the championship.
Match play begins Aug. 5 with the round of 64 and concludes Aug. 9 with the 36-hole championship match. Each day of match play will be televised live on Golf Channel.
Former champions of the U.S. Women’s Amateur include Kay Cockerill, Juli Inkster, Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko. This year’s champion will earn an exemption into the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.