Valdosta senior Dori Carter advanced through the first round of qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Deerwood Club.
The runner-up at the AAAAA state tournament this year, Carter shot a 77, making birdies on two of her last three holes to avoid a potential playoff and earn one of the 16 berths in the next round. Carter will take the course again in two weeks in Spartanburg, S.C., for the sectional qualifier, where she'll get a chance to break into the U.S. Women's Open field as an amateur.
"It was the complete opposite of state, where I had a lousy end," said Carter, who will golf on scholarship at Ole Miss in the fall. "I got up and down a ton, but I had some unlucky breaks. I could play a lot better."
As it was Carter shot well enough to beat plenty of SEC golfers in the field, on a course she had never played before. She also advanced in qualifying after shooting an 81 last year to miss the cut.
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