July 15, 2008

SMU golfer Kate Ackerson qualifies
for U.S. Women's Amateur

SAN ANTONIO (SMU) — SMU senior Kate Ackerson qualified for the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur in exciting fashion on Monday, July 14, winning a playoff for the final spot in the tournament field.

Playing at The Dominion, Ackerson carded a 77 for 18 holes before beating Texas Longhorn Kelley Louth on the first hole of a playoff to advance to the tournament, which will be played Aug. 4-10 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. She is from Allen, Texas.

The U.S. Women's Amateur, the third oldest of the USGA championships, was first played in 1895 at Meadowbrook Club in Hempstead, N.Y. The event is open to any female amateur who has a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.

The Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. For more information on the event, click here.

More About Kate Ackerson:

  • Shared the Kyle O'Brien Team MVP Award and the Earl Stewart Low Average Award with Lacey Jones.
  • Qualified for the U.S. Women's Pub Links and advanced to match play after finishing second at a qualifier in Sealy, Texas, and 15th in the stroke-play portion of the event.
  • Advanced to the second round of qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open, taking medalist honors at a local qualifier at Canyon Creek.
  • Named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team, the C-USA All-Academic Team and ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District squad.
  • Finished third at the C-USA Championships and was named a First-Team All-Conference performer.


  • Was one of SMU's top five as a freshman.
  • A third-team All-Conference USA selection. Won the team's Most Improved Player Award. Had a 78.13 stroke average over 30 rounds. Had a round of 69 at the Northwestern Invite - the second-lowest team round of the year.
  • Best finish was ninth at the Northwestern. Also had top-20 showings at the Maxwell (17th) and the C-USA Championships (12th).
  • Winner of the Conference USA Academic Medal and a member of the Commissioner's Honor Roll.
  • A 2005-06 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar. Advanced to the USGA Women's Open Sectional Qualifier. Finished second among amateurs at the Texas Women`s Open. Tied for medalist honors with a 2-under 70 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifier at Stonebriar Country Club and advanced to the U.S. Women's Amateur.


  • Led Allen to the 2005 Texas State 5A Championship, finishing as runner-up as an individual. Was named team MVP. A two-year captain.
  • Selected to the All-District team four straight years. Was a first-team All-State and All-Region pick in 2005. Won the individual district crown twice and won region in 2005.
  • Also took Allen to district team titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 and a regional win in 2005. Was an alternate for the 2005 U.S. Women's Pub Links Championship. Won the first flight of the Trans Amateur.

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