Ohio State University freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik has qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
Porvasnik, a 2013 Highland High School graduate, filled the time gap between the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship Finals by qualifying for the Open. Porvasnik shot back-to-back rounds of 73 to place second at one of 24 sectional qualifying sites across the globe (four international locations were added for the first time ever this year). The top-3 at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., on May 12 earned the chance to compete in the LPGA’s oldest major championship (1950-present).
Porvasnik will be one of 156 golfers vying for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open trophy between June 19-22. The field will be whittled down from an all-time record of 1,702 entries accepted, shattering the previous record of 1,420 that was set last year.
Additionally, for the first time both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens will be contested on the same course, occurring in consecutive weeks on Pinehurst No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
ESPN and NBC will combine to provide over 44 hours of coverage for the event.
Ohio State coach Therese Hession competed in seven U.S. Women’s Opens during her professional career. Ohio State alum, Meg Mallon, is a two-time champion of the LPGA major, taking home titles in 1991 and 2004.