Caroline Inglis, the wunderkind out of Eugene, Ore., is having a pretty good summer, thank you very much.
Last week, Inglis came from three shots back in the final round to win the 85th Women’s TRANS National Golf Association Amateur at Yakima Country Club, shooting a 3-under par 69 in the fourth and final round.
This week, at the U.S. Women’s Amateur being held at Portland Golf Club, Inglis posted rounds of 72-69 in the two stroke-play qualifying rounds to easily make it into the match-play portion of the championship, finishing in the top 10.
While at Churchill High School in Eugene, Inglis pretty much ran the tables in the girls’ golf world, winning three individual state titles (and missing a fourth, in her senior year, only because of signing an incorrect scorecard which disqualified her).
Now a senior on the women’s golf team at the University of Oregon, Inglis will be looking to win one of the most prestigious women’s national championships in the world.
“It really feels great,” said Inglis, after finishing her second round of qualifying at this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. “I love playing this course, and I’m glad to be able to play well in this championship, especially with it being held in Oregon. I get to play in front of my friends and family, and my team mates.”
Not only was one of her team mates (Cathleen Santoso) also competing in the championship, Inglis had her coach, Ria Scott, on the bag as her caddie.
Inglis said she had a few other options to go to different schools, but chose to attend Oregon because “I like the program and the coaches, and I just felt comfortable with the style of golf courses we play (in the Northwest). I like this course (Portland GC) because you have to be accurate with all the tree-lined fairways, and the greens are tricky with a lot of slope to them, so you always have to hit good shots.”
We’re thinking she has a lot of good shots left in her. Follow along with the action, including live scoring, at www.uswamateur.org.