NORMAN, Oklahoma -- University of Oklahoma golfer Emily Collins qualified to compete in the 2011 U.S. Women's Open Wednesday at the sectional qualifier in Plano Texas.
Collins was one of three golfers to qualify Wednesday after she finished with the second lowest qualifiers score. Collins opened the first round with a +5 total of 76 followed by a second-round 66 (-5) for a 36-hole total of 142 (E).
The freshman's 66 was the lowest single-round score by any of the qualifiers participants at the Prestonwood Country Club's 6,425 yard, par-71 course.
"I was disappointed with my first round, but coming into the second round I knew I needed to do better so I went into that round with the number 66 in my head," said Collins. "I just went out there and accomplished my goal and I am really excited to play in the U.S. Open. It is really cool I get to represent OU and it's a great opportunity to see how I match up against professionals."
"I am really proud of Emily. She's been working hard all year and I am glad to see it pay off at the right time," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "She's one of two OU players to ever qualify for this prestigious event and it will be a great experience for her to play alongside the best players in the world."
Collins competed in all 11 OU team tournaments this past year as a true freshman, averaging 76.52 strokes per round. She was a success right out of the gate, finishing tied for eighth place in the season-opening Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., and tied for fourth at OU's Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.
Isabelle (Blais) Beisiegel is the only other former Sooner to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open while in college. She competed in the 1998 event at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., finishing in 36th place.
Sarah Kemp, an LPGA player from Australia, won Wednesday's qualifier with matching rounds of 69-69 to post a 36-hole total of 138 (-4). Also qualifying was Chelsea Mocio with a score of 143 (+1).
The U.S. Women's Open will take place July 7-10 at the Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo.