Former Strom Thurmond High School star golfer McKenzie Talbert recently earned a spot in the upcoming U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Talbert, a three-time Class AA Girls’ Golfer of the Year who will play at Clemson next season, shot 1-over 73 Monday in her qualifying region at Dalton Golf and Country Club in Dalton, Ga. That allowed her to tie for fifth in the qualifying event, good enough to earn a berth in the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. That event will be held at The Country Club of Charleston from Aug. 5-11.
Katy Funk, of Spartanburg, and Ally McDonald, of Fulton, Miss., shot 70 and shared medalist honors.
Talbert will join fellow Strom Thurmond alum Anne Marie Covar in the prestigious championship. Covar, who now plays at Wofford, also shot 73 in her qualifying region, which was held July 1 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Cougar Point.
Ashlan Ramsey, one of Talbert’s future teammates, will also be in the field for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. The Milledgeville, Ga., native and Talbert will be freshmen on Clemson’s inaugural women’s golf team this fall.
The Women’s Amateur has long identified some of golf’s greatest women players, many of whom have gone on to successful professional careers. Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Marlene Stewart Streit, Anne Quast Sander, Barbara McIntire, Catherine Lacoste, Carol Semple Thompson and Beth Daniel have all secured a place in women’s golf history and all competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur.