Ohio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik filled the time gap between the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship Finals by qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Porvasnik fired back-to-back rounds of 73 to place second at one of 24 sectional qualifying sites across the globe (four international locations were added for the first time ever this year). The top-3 at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., on May 12 earned the chance to compete in the LPGA’s oldest major championship (1950-present).
Porvasnik will be one of 156 golfers vying for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open trophy the weekend of June 19-22. The field will be whittled down from an all-time record 1,702 entries accepted, shattering the previous record of 1,420 set last year. And for the first time both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens will be contested on the same course, occurring in consecutive weeks on Pinehurst No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. ESPN and NBC will combine to provide over 44 hours of coverage for the event.
Porvasnik doesn’t have to go far for some experienced advice on playing in the tournament as Ohio State head coach Therese Hession competed in seven U.S. Women’s Opens during her professional career. Ohio State alum, Meg Mallon, is a two-time champion of the LPGA major, taking home the hardware in 1991 and 2004.