Monica Vaughn seems like a lot of the officers who work for the Oregon Golf Association are prolonged members of the family. She’s identified them, due to dozens of tournaments and USGA qualifiers, since she was 8 years previous. Given that, who higher to look at her qualify for her first U.S. Women’s Open – who higher handy over the coveted invitation – than somebody like Brent Whittaker, the OGA’s Director of Tournament Operations?
“He’s been there for every OGA tournament win I’ve ever had,” Vaughn mentioned. “It was really cool for him to get to pass over the invitation for the Open and to have that moment with him.”
Vaughn has tried for this practically a dozen occasions, relationship again to her early teenage years, when she was rising up in Reedsport, Oregon. The 36-hole U.S. Women’s Open qualifier on April 26 at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Oregon, simply felt like her day. She opened with 9-under 63, adopted up with a 71 and at 10 below, simply secured medalist honors and considered one of two out there spots.
Vaughn’s boyfriend Justin Fisher caddied for her for the first time. She birdied 4 of her first 5 holes and determined she would maintain attempting to run in putts – even when they rolled three ft previous the gap.
“The first round, I hit my irons so well, hit everything inside 12 feet and set myself up for success that day,” she mentioned. “Feel like this whole 18 holes went so smoothly and I played so smart. I felt so calm because I felt like there was no way I was going to go and have a really bad round in the afternoon.”
At the University of Oregon, the place Vaughn is in her third season as the assistant ladies’s golf coach, her boss, head coach Derek Radley, was manning the hype – have the Sports Information division make graphics, spreading the information, being “the biggest cheerleader of all time.” When Vaughn known as him the subsequent morning, Radley needed to undergo the entire card.
“We talked for like an hour,” Vaughn mentioned. “Just super supportive. Even from a recruiting standpoint, it’s really cool to blow it up and be like, ‘Hey, we’re competitive here, we’re good players. We support this, come play for us.’ ”
Nine years in the past, Casey Martin, Oregon’s head males’s golf coach and a former PGA Tour participant, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open whereas teaching the Ducks. Interestingly, that championship additionally was performed at Olympic Club.
Vaughn brings her golf golf equipment to group observe daily, however doesn’t all the time get an opportunity to work on her personal sport. She thinks she’s performed 10 18-hole rounds to this point this 12 months. Before the qualifier, Vaughn had had an opportunity to get her distances dialed in on the TrackMan.
The U.S. Women’s Open qualifier was a fast turnaround from the Pac-12 Championship at Stanford (California) Golf Course, the place Oregon completed T-5 as a group on April 25. At the finish of the match, Vaughn took 4 gamers along with her to Portland and one other participant not in the Pac-12 lineup met them there.
Vaughn tee off at 8:40 a.m., with two Ducks behind her and a 3rd, Hsin-Yu Lu, who had withdrawn, strolling along with her teammates after withdrawing from the qualifier. During school tournaments, Vaughn and Radley need their gamers to wave encouragement from gap to gap whether or not that’s after a birdie or a bogey.
“The girls were clapping and cheering, I was waving at them,” Vaughn mentioned of the qualifier. “I just feel like we were really feeding off each other’s energy.”
Oregon junior Tze-Han Lin completed at 2 below, one shot out of an alternate spot, whereas sophomore Ching-Tzu Chen completed at 4 over. Both gamers, together with Lu, hail from Taiwan.
“Team Taiwan really pumped me up,” Vaughn mentioned, referencing the group nickname for these three gamers.
By the finish of the day, Vaughn was already footage of Olympic Club in San Francisco, the place the Women’s Open might be performed June 3-6. She additionally exchanged texts with Missy Farr-Kaye, the head ladies’s golf coach at Arizona State, the place she performed school golf.
“I’m like, ‘Missy, I didn’t peak in college!’ ” Vaughn joked.
Despite profitable the NCAA Championship – along with her group and as a person – in 2017 and making a Curtis Cup group, Vaughn by no means tried to play on the LPGA. In addition to teaching at Oregon, she additionally not too long ago joined the Oregon Golf Association’s Board of Directors.
“I kind of felt like after I won the national championship in 2017 that was truly kind of the peak and the pinnacle,” Vaughn mentioned. “I didn’t really know what my golf goals were after that.”
Goals and highlights maintain shifting – Vaughn final made headlines for her personal sport when she shot 58 in a college fundraiser in October 2020 – however a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open is a common foreign money.
“To go out and do this, definitely a top, top moment of my golf career.”