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Zakiya Randall: Golf’s Next Phenom
ATLANTA — Zakiya Randall, the overall champion of the Georgia PGA Junior Tour in 2005, has qualified to play with some of America’s best professional golfers at one of nine U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifiers to be played around the country from June 12 to 13.
This marks Randall’s first time ever playing in a U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier. She earned her spot at the Sectional Qualifier after shooting a 74 and earning the low-medalist title at the U.S. Women’s Open Local Qualifier at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, GA, on May 15, 2006.
Randall shot back-to-back birdies coming down the final back nine at Horseshoe Bend to finish in a four-way tie for first place.
She was the only and youngest resident of Atlanta to qualify. Randall joined 47 professional and amateur golfers from Georgia and across the nation to vie for 13 sectional berths awarded at the local qualifier.
The U.S. Women’s Open and its qualifiers are open to professional and amateur female golfers with USGA Handicap Indexes of 4.4 or lower.
“It was awesome playing with such great golfers at Horseshoe,” Randall said. “I’m really excited about the sectional. The Horseshoe Bend Country Club was set up as a par-72, 6,417-yard course for the local qualifier.
The 61st annual U.S. Women’s Open Championship will be held at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I., June 29 – July 2.
Randall, 15, resides in Atlanta and has been playing golf for four years. A natural athlete, Randall began playing golf after winning several junior tennis championships in Georgia.
Randall enjoys teaching math and reading to younger children. She keeps up with the sports page and is an avid fan of all sports.
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