BHHS Grad Competes for USGA Championship
By Lou Monaco
June 28, 2017
Eight days after her graduation from Byram Hills High School, Alexis Steffen of Armonk was competing for a coveted spot in a USGA golf championship.
Steffen, who will be attending the University of Richmond this fall, shot a 12-over-par 83 (46-37) to finish in 29th place in a Sectional Qualifying tournament for the 2017 US Women's Amateur Championship Wednesday at Forsgate Country Club (Banks Course) in Monroe Township, New Jersey.
41 golfers, including 14 from New York, each played 18 holes in hopes of securing one of four coveted spots (in addition to two alternates) to the US Women’s Amateur Championship, to be held at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California on August 7-13.
Teeing off from hole 10 on the back nine at 8:55 a.m. and paired with Noelle Martz of Clark, New Jersey and Samantha Perrotta of Bordentown, New Jersey, Steffen might have wished she played the front nine first as she carded two double-bogeys on the par-4 11th and par-4 14th en route to a front nine score of 11-over 46.
“I was a little nervous on the front obviously as this was only my second individual USGA sectional qualifying tournament ever. It was a good experience, playing with older women and being in a USGA event always adds a bit more pressure,” said Steffen, who leaves for school orientation on August 23.
Steffen, who plays out of historic Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, recovered quite nicely on the back side, shooting a 1-over-par 37, including her first birdie on the day on the par-4, 340-yard fourth hole.
Steffen still has a few more tournaments left this summer before embarking on her college career.
“Next week, I play in the Junior North & South Championship down at Pinehurst, NC, the New York State Women’s Amateur, and then who knows after that,” said Steffen. “The past five weeks I haven’t been playing great. I’ve really worked on my game the past week and a half and I’ve been grinding. I’ve been working on slowing down my tempo and that’s really what happened on the back nine today as far as improvement. I definitely have confidence going into next week.”
15-year-old Kaitlyn Lee of Scarsdale, Steffen’s partner in last October’s USGA US Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship Sectional Qualifying tournament at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, also participated and finished with a strong score of 5-over-par 76 (35-41), tying for fourth-place and participated in a three-way playoff, advancing to the final playoff against Valerie Tanquay of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.
Lee finished as the first alternate to Tanquay, who secured the fourth and final qualifying spot, in a playoff.
Lee, a junior this fall at Scarsdale High School, also started at the 10th hole and started out strong with a birdie on the par-4, 394-yarder and gave one back with a bogey on the par-5, 512-yard 13th hole to finish her front nine at even-par 35, tying for first place at the time with Nadine White of Buies Creek, Australia, who finished in a four-way tie for seventh place.
The Banks Course played as a 6,338-yard, par-71 layout.