Ulrika Belline, a realtor in northwest Arkansas, lost in a playoff to advance to the round of 64 at the USGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Anchorage Golf Club in Anchorage, Alaska.
“This was my first USGA event ever and it was so fun,” Belline said. “It was all around incredible from start to finish. The USGA and the host club put on a tournament like none other I’ve played in; and the women can flat out play.”
Belline, who earned the low qualifying medal with a two under par 70 and one of three spots at Bel Mar Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma on June 30, fired rounds of 82-81 in Alaska and got into a 3 for 1 playoff.
Alaska became the final state to host a USGA Championship. The USGA Women’s Senior Amateur was held at Hardscrabble Country Club in 1979 and was won by Alice Dye, wife of legendary golf course architect Pete Dye. Carolyn Creekmore, a native of Fort Smith and Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame Inductee, won he Championship in 2004 at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California.
Belline, who was the women’s. Coach for the University of Arkansas 1996-2002, was humbled by the experience.
“I was so honored to be there, even though the result wasn't what I was hoping for, I’m determined to be there again next year in Scottsdale.”
Written by: Jay N. Fox, ASGA Executive Director