Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 21, 2014

Women's Open starts Monday at Crystal

THOMPSONVILLE — Here's an oddity.

For the first time in the 21-year history of the Michigan Women’s Open, no former champions will be in the field. The tournament gets under way Monday on Crystal Mountain Resort's Mountain Ridge course.

The three-day event — with a purse of $36,000 — will feature 69 golfers from 19 states and five countries.

Inhong Lim, a Symetra Tour player, edged Arizona's Corie Hou in a one-hole sudden death playoff to win last year's title. Although Lim will not return — fewer Symetra Tour players are making the trip between events this year — Hou will be in the field. A former University of Hawaii golfer, Hou shot a closing 4-under-par 68 to force the playoff last year.

Also back are two golfers who tied for third a year ago — Minnesota's Rachael Schmidt and Colorado's Ashely Tait.

Brighton's Hannah Pietila and Arizona's Xyra Suyetsuga, who both the missed the cut in this week’s U.S. Open, will be making the trip from Pinehurst, N.C. Pietila’s sister Emmie is also entered.

Midland's Kimberly Dinh, the low amateur a year ago, is back. She's on the University of Wisconsin golf team.

In all, 32 of the golfers in the field are from Michigan, including Glen Lake sophomore Nichole Cox, who finished third in the Division 4 state meet last fall.

Crystal Mountain is hosting the state championship for the 12th consecutive year.

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