Women's Golf
    Women's Golf Standout Qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

    June 12, 1998

    LOS ANGELES -- Nicole Dalkas, who recently finished her freshman year at USC, has qualified for the Women's U.S. Open, which will be played at the Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wis., on June 29-July 5.

    Dalkas shot a 2-over-par 74 on Thursday (June 11) at the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Country Club, tying for second place. Also qualifying were Amy Alcott (70), Patricia Liscio (74) and Pearl Sinn (74). Dalkas, who was the only amateur to qualify in the region, played in her first LPGA event this past February at the 1998 Los Angeles Women's Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Calif.

    She made a dramatic impact on USC's team as a true freshman in 1997-98, playing in 10 team tournaments on her way to a stroke average of 75.9 (second on the team). She led the Women of Troy at five tournaments, including the NCAA West Regional (219, seventh) and was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference second team. Dalkas had five Top 10 performances, including the first two tournaments of her collegiate career (the Dick McGuire Invitational [223, seventh] and the Lady Tar Heel Tournament [221, ninth]).

    Last summer, she made it to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur and also participated in the Women's Western Amateur and the Broadmoor Invitational.