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LSU's Aine Donegan Qualifies For U.S. Women's Open

Aine Donegan, shown in NCAA regional action, qualified Monday for July's United States Women's Open. Photo by Peter Nguyen.

LSU's Aine Donegan Qualifies For U.S. Women's Open

BATON ROUGE – LSU All-SEC golfer Aine Donegan is headed to Pebble Beach for the 2023 United States Women’s Open in July.

Donegan, a native of Ireland, captured the second of two qualifying spots Monday in a 36-hole event at The Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo, California.

She posted rounds of 1-over 72 and 2-over 73 to finish at 3-over 145 on the par 71 layout. That was good for the second spot behind another amateur, Kelly Xu of Claremont, California who finished at 1-under 141 (69-72).

Donegan, who was third after the first 18 holes, finished one shot in front of Miranda Wang of China at 4-over 146 (70-76) and two shots clear of Rachel Heck of Memphis at 5-over 147 (74-73). Wang and Heck will be in the list of alternates for the Open.

Donegan had a solid sophomore season at LSU after transferring from Indiana, earning second-team All-SEC honors with a stroke average of 72.97. She posted three top 10 finishes including a third place finish in the Southeastern Conference Championships at 2-under par 214 (72-71-71).

The women’s Open goes to the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Links for its 78th championships, July 6-9.