When MU golfer Lindsey Haupt tees off at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship today it will be only her second competition since last year.
Haupt was redshirted her first year at MU because of shoulder surgery that required rehabilitation through May.
On July 19, Haupt and five other MU teammates played in a qualifier at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Course in St. Louis. Haupt’s 73 put her in three-way tie for the last two spots in the tournament. She survived the playoff hole to get the last spot. Fellow MU golfer Chelsea Schriewer, a junior, had shot a 72 to guarantee her spot in the Amateur Championship.
The 112th running of the event is being played at Crooked Stick Golf Club, just outside of Indianapolis in Carmel, Ind. The first two days will be stroke-play competition, before the 64 lowest scores are allowed to go on to match-play. It is Schriewer’s third year in the tournament, but it is Haupt’s first.
“We push each other to do well,” Haupt said in a phone interview. “But it’s nice to have not only a teammate but a friend here as well.”
Haupt who starts play at 8:20 a.m. will also have support from her father, James Haupt, who will be her caddy. MU golf coach Stephanie Priesmeyer and Haupt’s high school golf coach are planning to be in her gallery.
Haupt said that after she finishes her round Monday, she plans to find Schriewer, who tees off at 1:09 p.m., and watch the rest of her round.
Haupt said making the jump from high school to college competition gave her cause for concern.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking that I’m playing at this tournament and representing Mizzou,” Haupt said.
Schriewer said she tried to help Haupt with her anxiety during their weekend practice rounds.
“Once you qualify for this event, you truly do belong here,” Schriewer said in a phone interview.
Schriewer said she thinks she has a good feel for the course after practicing on it all weekend. She and Haupt practiced Saturday with their host Bill Johnson, who has a 2 handicap and knows the course well.
“Mr. Johnson pointed out a few different approaches to some holes and gave me some tips,” Schriewer said. “The USGA picks some of the best courses, but this one is not as intimidating as others have been. The fairways are not very narrow, so the iron shots will become more important.”
Schriewer is also hopeful that her preparation will help her make the cut in this tournament for the first time.
“My ball striking is really good right now,” she said. “I think the short game is really where it is going to be at for this one.”