SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Kentucky women's golfer Anna Hack made her U.S. Women’s Open debut on Thursday in the first round at CordeValle. Playing alongside the world’s best women’s golfers, Hack fired an opening round 80 (8-over par) on the difficult 6,783-yard layout in San Martin, Calif.
Hack held her own for much of the day in her first career appearance in the national championship. After opening with back-to-back bogeys, she steadied herself with eight straight pars and was 2-over par through 10 holes.
The back nine got a bit tougher for Hack with bogeys on holes 11 and 13, but she battled back for a birdie on the par 4 14th hole.
The sophomore-to-be was headed for a middle-of-the-pack finish among the world’s best golfers but recorded two bogeys and a triple bogey on three of her last four holes to finish at 8-over par overall. She’s in a tie for 142nd, ahead of a handful of professionals and amateurs.
The Paducah, Ky., native qualified in May for the world’s premier golf championship during a sectional qualifier at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis. She is one of 25 amateurs in the 156-player field.
Hack’s appearance in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open marks the second straight appearance for a Kentucky Wildcat in the national championship, which is open to female amateurs and female professionals across the country and globe. Former UK women’s golfer Mallory Blackwelder (2007-09) competed in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.
Play resumes Friday at 10 a.m. ET and concludes Sunday night. Hack, who will need to make up some ground to avoid missing the cut – golfers outside the of the top 60 (plus ties) are cut from the field after the first two rounds – will tee off Friday at 10:05 a.m. ET alongside her first-day pairings, Miriam Nagl and amateur Yu Sang Hou.