Former Cal and Alameda High star Emily Childs experienced a thrill qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open. She was also wowed by the efforts of upstart Elizabeth Schultz, a senior-to-be at Acalanes High who also qualified for the major tournament, which will begin Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Schultz, 16, placed third behind Casie Cathrea, 17, of Livermore and Childs at the Lake Merced-Daly City Qualifier in May. The hard-working Schultz only started playing golf at 12.
“I think it’s great she made the Open at such a young age after only playing for a few years,” Childs said of Schultz. “Playing well in qualifying isn’t easy. It is quite the accomplishment for anyone, much less someone who has only played for a few years. She must have been working very hard on her game! I think it’s awesome.”
“There was a lot of excitement and a little bit of disbelief because playing in the Open has been a dream of mine since I can remember,” Childs said in a recent email. “I have been working really hard on my game to where I can compete at a very high level. I think with all the practice, experience and belief in myself, my confidence level is pretty high going into the Open. I plan to enjoy the experience of playing in one of the biggest tournaments in the world for women golfers, while competing for the win. I look forward to soaking up every minute!”