Locals Turner, Durham Qualify for U.S. Women's Open

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

The 2007 U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Country Club next week should have quite the Bluegrass flavor.

It'd be hard not to have that feel after Tompkinsville's Marci Turner and Glasgow's Taryn Durham qualified for the event Monday.

Turner, a senior-to-be at the University of Tennessee, fired a 144 for 36 holes to qualify at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C. Her qualification comes off a season that saw her finished T-2nd at the SEC Championships and T-40th at the NCAA national championship. Turner played her high school golf at Monroe County, where she was 2003 KHSAA Girls State Champion.

Durham earned entry with a 36-hole 148 at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The MTSU senior-to-be's the defending Sun Belt Conference medalist and was a four-time all-state selection at Glasgow High School.

Just missing qualification was Radcliff seventh-grader Lydia Gumm. Playing at Keith Hills, she missed the qualifying mark by one stroke. After finishing second in the KHSAA state championship for North Hardin High School, Gumm would've been one of the youngest qualifiers in U.S. Women's Open history.

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