MU golfers learn at U.S. Amateur

Thursday, September 27, 2007 | 11:11 p.m. CDT; updated 5:54 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

COLUMBIA — For Chelsea Schriewer, the five-hour drive back to Columbia couldn’t have been any longer. She had just missed the cut and wanted to put the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament out of her mind.

Schriewer, a junior on the Missouri golf team, and freshman teammate Lindsey Haupt represented the Tigers at the tournament Aug. 6 through 12 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. Both women had different mind-sets going into the tournament.

After missing the cut her first two years, Schriewer expected to succeed.

Haupt was just happy to gain the experience after qualifying for the tournament in a playoff.

Neither made the cut, but both are looking to lead the Tigers using the lessons they learned.

In her third year playing in the tournament, Schriewer was as close as ever to making the cut. After starting off slow, she was just gaining momentum when the rain started. She had only completed nine holes in the first round and would have to play 27 holes on the second day.

“The second day I needed to shoot 1-under-par. I was even-par through 14 or 15 holes and then finished with three bogeys. One-under was not that far out of reach,” Schriewer said. I needed to be four shots better. Over 18 holes, you could easily make that up. ”

A shoulder injury forced Haupt to take a redshirt her freshman year. After six months of rehab, the qualifying round for the Amateur was just her second tournament of the year.

“I wasn’t even expecting anything out of the qualifier. I went for the experience, but ended up qualifying in a playoff,” Haupt said.

Haupt was among three women competing for the last spot in the Amateur. In the playoff, she finished second and became the first alternate. Eventually, a spot opened up, and she was in the tournament.

Coach Stephanie Priesmeyer was also surprised at Haupt’s success in the qualifier since it was one of the first times Haupt had played competitively since November. Priesmeyer said Haupt’s light-hearted attitude helped her play well.

“Golf plays such mind games. Sometimes you go out and play just for fun and look what happens. Sometimes you don’t have to be so tense, but go out and have a good time,” Priesmeyer said.

Haupt shot a 14-over-par at the amateur. Not making the cut was a disappointment, but Haupt said she was excited to play at such a high level of competition.

“I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but that’s life. You always want to do better,” she said.

In a tournament consisting of 156 golfers from around the country, both women can say they were good enough to compete with the best.

“I think that was the highest level of competition I will be in for a while,” Haupt said. “Being in the Amateur proved to me that I belonged. I didn’t feel this way at the time, but now I know I can be there and also do well.”

Schriewer found herself playing with “the best” when she was paired up with the eventual champion, Maria Jose Uribe, from UCLA. Priesmeyer was on hand for the tournament and found Schriewer’s game to be comparable to Uribe.

“She played really well. She was able to match her (Uribe) shot-for-shot, but Uribe just made more putts,” Priesmeyer said.

Having a good short game is something that Schriewer said she is always working to improve.

“If you have a bad short game it doesn’t matter how you hit the ball. If you can get it around the green in two and you have a good short game, you are going to make par,” she said.

With the season in its early stages, both golfers have left the amateur in the background and are focused on the success of the team. They are, however, using some of the confidence they gained to guide their play.

“Coming into the college season, you don’t get as strong of a field, but we will see some good teams and some girls from the tournament,” Schriewer said. “It kind of gives you an edge.”

Schriewer finished ninthin the team’s first tournament. Although this is her best finish as a Tiger, she was disappointed with the way the team finished.

“We finished sixth out of 10 teams, which is not very good for us. We expected to beat more teams. We didn’t come together as a team that tournament,” Schriewer said.

Instead of competing with the team in the first tournament, Haupt competed as an individual. Nagging shoulder problems have bothered her, but she expects to eventually rejoin the team.

Both Haupt and Schriewer see a possible top three finish in the Big 12.

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