May 31, 2011

PLANO, Texas --- Texas A&M freshman golfer Chelsea Mocio earned a spot in the 2011 U.S. Women's Open by advancing through a qualifier at the Prestonwood Country Club on Tuesday.

Mocio, from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas, will be one of 156 professionals and amateurs at the U.S. Women's Open, which will be contested July 4-10 at The Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"I'm kind of in shock right now," Mocio said. "It hard for me to know what my emotions are right now. I still can't really believe it. I thought it was going to take an under-par score to advance. I just wanted to put together two solid rounds, which I was able to do. It came down to one stroke (to avoid a playoff with six other players), and I had to get up and down to save par on the final hole."

Mocio fired rounds of 72 and 71 to finish the day at 1-over, which was five strokes behind winner Sarah Kemp (-4) and a shot behind Emily Collins (even). Six players tied for fourth at 2-over, including former A&M standout Jamie Hullett.

"I'm so proud of Chelsea," Aggie head coach Trelle McCombs said.  "She has worked very hard for this, and her motivation to get better and better each day is paying off.    Playing in the U.S. Women's Open is something that not many people can say they have done.  I just want her to enjoy every moment of it and take it all in!"

Also competing in the qualifier was fellow Aggie freshman Natalie Reeves, who turned in rounds of 83 and 74 and finished in a tie for 40th.

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2011 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN FACT SHEET

Dates: July 4-10, 2011

Location: The U.S. Women's Open will be contested on The Broadmoor East Course designed by Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The championship will be the seventh USGA championship staged at The Broadmoor. The 1995 U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor was won by Annika Sorenstam.

Attendance: More than 125,000 spectators are expected to attend the U.S. Women's Open throughout the week.

Field: 156 professionals and amateurs.

Format: 72 hole stroke play; field will be cut to low 60 and ties plus anyone within 10 strokes of the leader following the completion of the second round.

Television: U.S. Women's Open will be broadcast to more than 50 countries including more than 15 hours of live television coverage on ESPN and NBC Sports.