Gotcher finishes two days at U.S. Women's Open

Hits 21-of-28 fairways and two birdies

June 20, 2014 · @MTAthletics

PINEHURST, N.C. - Current Middle Tennessee women's golfer Samantha Gotcher finished her second round today at her first-ever U.S. Women's Open, firing a 76 and 82 at Pinehurst No. 2 to miss the cut by nine strokes.

Gotcher became the first-active Blue Raider since Taryn Durham in 2007 to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. Durham finished tied for 147th on the then-par 71 course after notching a 77 and 84 in the first and second rounds, respectively.

"I am very proud of the way that she played and she should be as well," said Middle Tennessee head women's golf coach Chris Adams. "There are some of the best players in the world that missed the cut and she played with the nation's best. Samantha (Gotcher) had a good showing and it is a good experience. You have to hope that she gets another chance to play in the tournament down the road."

Gotcher, a Clarksville, Tennessee native, opened the first round with a six-over 76, tallying birdies on holes three and four while adding seven pars. She hit 11-of-14 fairways and was under the field average with her 1.61 putts per green.

"That golf course is real tough and you can tell by the scores today and even at the men's U.S. Open last week," Adams said. "The course plays long and today the speed of the greens were much faster than yesterday."

On her final day on the historic course, she finished with an 82 and notched seven pars, which includes four on the front nine. Gotcher again hit double-figure fairways, landing on 10-of-14 while improving her greens hit from six the first day to eight the second.

"Today wasn't as solid as yesterday, but I am so thankful to be here," said Gotcher. "I met my goal yesterday and shot a 76. I also hit a couple birdies, which made me confident."

In her two days at the 2014 Open, Gotcher hit a total of 21-of-28 fairways and 14-of-36 greens, while registering 1.78 putts per green, which was slightly higher than the field average of 1.75.

"I have gained so much experience from this course and it will make me a better player," Gotcher said. "It will take a couple days to analyze and figure out where I need to improve. My main goal was to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Public Links and it so special that I qualified for the U.S. Open and got to participate in this great tournament."

Gotcher is slated to participate in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links at the Home Course in DuPont, Washington. The five-day match-play tournament starts July 14th and runs through the 19th.

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