STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Gardner-Webb rising senior Lauren Smith carded a round of 73, +1, on Monday at the U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifier at the Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., to earn an automatic berth into this year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
Smith, who's 73, +1 over par, placed her in a three-way tie for third overall, was one of five lady golfers to earn an automatic spot outright, as the final four spots came down to a playoff among five players who shot a 74, +2 over par.
Eagle's Landing Country Club played to 6,462 yards and a par 72.
The 112th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be held at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6-12, 2012. Entries were open to female amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4. The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.