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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s golf sophomore Rachel Rohanna earned a spot to compete among the world’s best at the U.S. Women’s Open after qualifying Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rohanna and the rest of the sectional field competed at the Broadmoor Country Club – East Course which is the host of this year’s U.S. Women’s Open held July 7-10.

“This is completely unexpected, but I am excited for this opportunity,” Rohanna said. “It is going to be a great experience for me and will give me a lot of confidence for the future.”

Rohanna opened the first round with a 5-over 76 and followed with an 81 to conclude the 36-hole tournament with a 157 to be tied for fourth. The Waynesburg, Pa., product defeated Joy Trotter in a two-hole playoff to earn the first alternate position. However, Rohanna received a call not much later from the USGA to inform her she earned a spot in the championship field.

“I am very excited for Rachel,” Therese Hession, head women’s golf coach, said. “This will be a great opportunity for her to compete against the best in the world and see how her game stacks up. I hope this is the first of many U.S. Women’s Opens for her.”

Holding alternate spots is current sophomore Amy Meier and incoming freshman Kendall Prince. Meier finished tied for fifth in the Chicago District to earn the second alternate out of the district. Prince earned first alternate honors after finishing with a 10-over 154 in the Washington District.