Kristen Gillman is returning to the U.S. Women’s Open.
Gillman, who won the 2016 Class 6A girls individual state championship as a senior at Lake Travis High School, qualified for this year’s event after shooting 4-under par to win a qualifier at the Deerwood Club in Kingwood on Monday.
In 2014. Gillman won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open. She also played in the 2014 Evian Championships, 2015 Women’s British Open and the 2015 LPGA Classic, all majors on the LPGA tour.
The University of Alabama sophomore told the Tuscaloosa News it was a “huge goal” of hers to play in this year’s Open because “it is going to be played at Shoal Creek, where (the Crimson Tide) play quite a bit during the school year, it feels amazing to have qualified. Shoal Creek is a great golf course and I think it will be a good test.”
The U.S. Open is the fourth event Gillman will play in this summer. The Austin native will also compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and as a member of the United States team, the Curtis Cup and the Palmer Cup.
As a freshman, Gillman was named a WGCA All-American, the 2017 SEC freshman of the year and a first-team All-SEC selection.
Gillman’s former Lake Travis teammate Kaitlyn Papp finished the Kingwood qualifier as a second alternate.
The U.S. Women’s Open begins on May 31 at Shoal Creek Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala. The event will be televised on FS1 (first two rounds) and Fox (final two rounds).