When the U.S. Women's Amateur golf tournament begins next month, it will feature some of the best golfers to come out of the state.
Both Erin Sargent and Lauren Lehigh - past girls golf state champions - qualified for country's top amateur event last week at CommonGround Golf Course.
Lehigh is a two-time state champion out of Loveland. She finished the 2017 Class 4A tournament at a total of 8-over par to hold off teammate Aili Bundy and Glenwood Springs' Lauren Murphy. She fell short of the 2018 title at the Country Club of Colorado but bounced back this last spring to win the 5A tournament and become a two-time champion.
To qualify for the Women's Amateur, she shot a 1-over-par 73 and held off the 2019 3A champion, Colorado Academy's Caroline Jordaan, in a playoff to take the last available spot out of CommonGround.
She joins 2016 4A champion Erin Sargent in the field. Sargent played for Silver Creek and finished third in 2015, the year that Jennifer Kupcho won her second straight state title.
The next year, she finished 5-over for the tournament to edge out Jordaan, a freshman at the time. Sargent is entering her senior season as a member of the University of Wyoming women's golf team.
The 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur will be held at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The tournament begins with stroke play on Aug. 5.