Lydia Hall has qualified for the US Women's Open

Lydia Hall Achieves Her 15-Year Ambition . . . After Securing US Women’s Open Spot On 5th Play-Off Hole

By Gareth James

Lydia Hall says she has achieved a 15-year ambition by qualifying for the US Women’s Open.

The Welsh No.1 booked her place after a dramatic five-way play-off that went to the fifth extra hole in a European qualifying event at Buckinghamshire Gold Club.

“It means the world. I’ve never played a US Women’s Open and it’s been a goal of mine for 15 years,” Hall said.

“After 41 holes today, a lot of five-irons into that last hole, I’m really happy to get it done.

“I just hope to perform as well as I can, make the cut is the bottom line, but I’ll see the golf course and if it suits me and go from there.”

The US Women’s Open will take place at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, on 2-5 June.

Hall took five holes to outlast Olivia Mehaffey, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Amelia Garvey, and Luna Sobron Galmes after they were all tied for the last qualification spot.

The 34-year-old from Bridgend recently picked up her first top 10 finish of the season when she placed tied for sixth at -7 at the Women’s New South Wales Open in Australia.

Hall is currently ranked 212 in the world, ahead of fellow Welsh golfers Becky Morgan, Chloe Williams, Becky Brewerton and Amy Bouden.

Qualifying for the US Open took place across 26 sites, including three international courses in South Korea, England and Japan.

There have been a record total of 1,874 entries overall, including 12 champions and 24 of the top 25 players in the world, following the news that the purse has been raised to US$10m (£8.1m) for the first time this year.

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