118th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships Meet The Quarterfinalists

USGA Official Release

Kaylee Benton, 21, of Litchfield Park, Ariz.

“This is my third U.S. Women’s Amateur, and my game has really matured really matured. I’m a better ball-striker, and my putting is way better.”

  • No. 211 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Aced the par-3 fourth hole at the Golf Club of Tennessee in the Round of 32 (141 yards, 8-iron) for the ninth known ace in the championship (record-keeping started in 1992)
  • Senior at the University of Arkansas
  • Qualified for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (missed the cut)
  • Her great grandfather, Jim Benton, was an All-American wide receiver at Arkansas in 1937 who won a pair of NFL titles in the 1940s with the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns
  • Won the deciding on match on the 18th hole to help Arkansas win its first-ever Southeastern Conference title in 2018
  • While at UNLV, named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team (2016)
  • Transferred to Arkansas following the 2015-16 season
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 68-71—139 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Caroline Curtis, 4 and 2
    • Round of 32: Def. Madison Caldwell, 4 and 3
    • Round of 16: Def. Emilee Hoffman, 3 and 2

Kristen Gillman, 20, of Austin, Texas, @kristengillman

“To be able to win something like this you have to be on your game every single day. I don’t think you can really have an off day, and I think that’s just how golf is.”

  • Ranked No. 6 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Junior at University of Alabama, where she helped team to runner-up finish in 2018 NCAA Championships
  • Qualified for 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (T-27)
  • Won 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur, defeating future major champion Brooke Henderson in final at Nassau Country Club
  • Represented the USA in the 2018 Curtis Cup Match, where she went 5-0-0 to help the USA post a 17-3 victory to reclaim the Cup
  • Member of the victorious 2018 USA Palmer Cup Team, where she went 3-1
  • Member of the 2014 USA Women’s World Amateur Team
  • Won the 2018 Japan LPGA Tour’s Century 21 Ladies’ Tournament
  • First-team WGCA All-American in both 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons
  • Set single-season Alabama record in 2016-17 with 22 rounds of par or better
  • Advanced to the Round of 16 of 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 70-70—140 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Ting Hsuan Huang, 3 and 2
    • Round of 32: Def. Janet Mao, 3 and 2
    • Round of 16: Def. Bailey Tardy, 5 and 4

Lauren Greenlief, 27, of Ashburn, Va., @lgreenlief

“Just leveraged my match play experience, having gone through this in the Mid Am going all the way. I think having played a lot of match play tournaments in the past really helps kind of keeps you focused.”

  • No. 1,288 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Became the youngest winner (25 years, 25 days) of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015
  • Became the first mid-amateur to advance to the quarterfinals since 2006 with her 19-hole victory against 2018 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup competitor Annabell Fuller
  • Works as a management consultant
  • Reached the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, with partner Alexander Austin
  • Was a walk-on at the University of Virginia and earned three varsity letter, from 2010-2012
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 70-67—137 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Thienna Hyunnh, 3 and 2
    • Round of 32: Def. Alyaa Abdulghany, 4 and 3
    • Round of 16: Def. Annabell Fuller, 20 holes

Jiwon Jeon, 21, of Korea

“Just step by step, hole by hole. That kind of kept me in the right comfort zone.”

  • No. 10 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Capture the NJCAA individual title in May for Daytona (Fla.) State College
  • Won four other titles in her sophomore season: SunTrust Gator Invitational, UNF Collegiate, Xavier Collegiate and Lady Paladin
  • Represented the International team in the 2018 Palmer Cup Team, the first junior-college golfer to be selected
  • Will be a member of the University of Alabama women’s golf team in the fall
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 74-67—141 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Ty Akabane, in 19 holes
    • Round of 32: Def. Olivia Mehaffey, 2 and 1
    • Round of 16: Def. Sierra Brooks, 2 up 

Gurleen Kaur, 18, of Houston, Texas

  • No. 234 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Sophomore at Baylor University
  • Graduated from high school a semester early to enroll at Baylor in January of 2018
  • Named a WGCA honorable-mention All-American (2018)
  • Posted a pair of top-10 finishes and four top-25 finishes in six tournaments
  • Earned NCAA Championship All-Tournament honors after finishing tied for seventh in the 132-player field at the 2018 NCAA Championships
  • Missed the cut for match play in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior, after competing in the 14-for-10 playoff for the final spots
  • Finished 38th in last week’s Candian Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 73-69—142 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Amy Matsuoka, 3 and 2
    • Round of 32: Def. Dylan Kim, 1 up
    • Round of 16: Def. Beatrice Wallin, 2 and 1

Jaclyn Lee, 21, of Canada

  • No. 26 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Junior at The Ohio State University
  • Named to the All-Big Ten Second Team in 2017
  • Final player to earn a spot in the field after earning first-alternate spot in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • 2014 Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship winner at age 17, becoming the youngest to seize the title in the tournament’s 79-year history
  • Majoring in finance
  • Named to the Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
  • Won consecutive crowns at both the Alberta Junior Girls Championships and CN Future Links Prairie Championships in 2013-14
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 68-68—136 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Kylie Raines, 1 up
    • Round of 32: Def. Patty Tavatanakit, 5 and 4
    • Round of 16: Def. Elizabeth Wang, 20 holes

Lucy Li, 15, of Redwood Shores, Calif., @_lucyli

“I’ve been hitting the ball really well. I’ve only missed like four or five greens the whole week and I’ve been putting really well. Just been really confident.”

  • Ranked No. 9 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in 14th USGA championship
  • Semifinalist in last month’s 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
  • Youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history, doing so at 11 years old in 2014, missing the cut at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2
  • Tied for 55th in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek
  • Went 3-0-1 in the 2018 Curtis Cup Match, helping lead the USA Team to a 17-3 victory over Great Britain & Ireland at Quaker Ridge Golf Club
  • One of three players to earn medalist honors in U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships in the same summer (Michiko Hattori and Vickie Goetze)
  • Stroke-play score of 133 matched the 36-hole championship record
  • Medalist in 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior
  • Won the inaugural Drive, Chip & Putt Championship (Girls’ 10-11 Division) in 2014 at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club
  • Won the 2017 Ping Invitational and Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Quarterfinalist in 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Co-medalist with 68-65—133 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Adeena Shears, 5 and 3
    • Round of 32: Def. Alice Duan, 7 and 5
    • Round of 16: Def. Ya Chun Chang, 2 and 1

Lauren Stephenson, 21, of Lexington, S.C., @laurensteph1

“I think with all the match play and the Curtis Cup and everything we’ve played this year, it’s really helped me stay mentally focused because you just had to practice it so much.”

  • Helped lead the USA Team to a 17-3 victory over Great Britain & Ireland at Quaker Ridge Golf Club
  • Member of the 2018 USA Palmer Cup Team
  • Senior at the University of Alabama
  • First Team All-SEC (2016-17, 2017-18)
  • Finished 41st at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur, losing in 30 holes, the longest match in USGA history
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 69-72—141 in stroke play
    • Round of 64: Def. Stephanie Bunque, 1 up
    • Round of 32: Def. Selin Hyun, 5 and 4
    • Round of 16: Def. Yuka Saso, 1 up

Author: Jhavelka