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Charlottesville, VA – Five members of the Virginia women’s golf team qualified for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship this week. That group includes Calle Nielson, Brittany Altomare, Nicole Agnello, Eleana Collins and Lauren Greenlief.

This year’s tournament will take place at the Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club Aug. 9-15. A total of 1,049 players attempted to qualify for the 156 spots in this year’s tournament. The Golf Channel will broadcast from the event each day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting with the match play portion of competition Aug. 11. The field will play 36 holes of stroke play during the opening rounds to determine the match play pairings.

Nielson tied for first at her qualifying event at the Sapona Country Club in Lexington, N.C. by shooting 68. Collins was fifth at the same site, shooting 72. Agnello finished eighth by shooting 72 at the qualifier at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla. Greenlief was fourth with a 76 at the Country Club of York in York, Pa.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

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