Binns Earns Spot in U.S. Women's Amateur for Second Consecutive Year

Binns Earns Spot in U.S. Women's Amateur for Second Consecutive Year

CAMERON PARK, Calif. -- Cal Poly senior-to-be Jamie Binns has qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championship for the second consecutive year.

Binns carded a two-under-par 70 at the Cameron Park Country Club on Highway 50 east of Sacramento on Monday, finishing tied for third place.

Yoonhee Kim of San Ramon and Lucy Li of Redwood Shores were the top two finishers with a 67 and 69, respectively.

Top 10 finishers in the field of 110 golfers advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur, scheduled for August 7-13 at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista.

Binns, a graduate of Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, recorded four birdies and a pair of bogeys along with 12 pars for her 70.

She was Cal Poly's No. 2 golfer this past season with a 75.7 average, helping the Mustangs to their first-ever Big West Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.

Teammate Desiree Gillaspy, Cal Poly's top golfer this spring with a 75.4 average, missed qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur by one stroke, carding a 73. Gillaspy is a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria.

Tiffany Cha of San Ramon, another member of the Mustang golf program, also carded a 73 and missed the cut by one stroke. Meredith Hirsch of Fremont posted a 77.

Last summer, Binns finished tied for third place in a sectional qualifier at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, Calif., posting a 72. At the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Penn., Binns carded rounds of 78 and 70 for a six-over-par 148 total, missing the cut for match play by one stroke.